The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofs
Living in Texas means that your home and roof will be under constant stress from the weather. Whether it be the scorching heat, or the tornado-like winds, your roof needs to be able to withstand extreme Texas conditions. Metal roofs are a durable option that will keep you and your home protected.
Metal roofs have many benefits. There are a wide variety of materials to choose from such as steel, aluminum, stainless steel, and copper, and an array of styles such as metal shake, metal shingle, and standing seam. In addition to being a very attractive roofing option, a metal roof will last at least 50 years with the proper maintenance, continuing to look just as appealing as when it was first installed! Fun fact: an asphalt shingle roof older than 10 years old will decrease the value of your home. Since metal roofs will not rot, crack or corrode, having one will retain the value of your home and pay itself off in the long run.
Metal roofs are not only eye-catching, but they also have more practical purposes. Metal roofs are fire retardant and reflect solar radiant heat. Having a metal roof can save up to 40% of your cooling costs! Living in Texas, we must not only be concerned about the heat, but also about other severe weather like hurricanes and hail. As we have seen in the past, a hurricane can be rather destructive. Fortunately, a metal roof can withstand winds up to 110 mph, which is almost necessary when living in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and other Gulf Coast states. If strong winds happen to blow through your neighborhood, it has been noted that often times a metal roof will remain in a sea of houses with severe roofing damage, where composition shingles will simply blow off. Last but DEFINITELY not least, metal roofs are green! Green materials are safe for both humans and the environment. Not only are you using a reusable resource, but you can also earn green building credits and a cut in your taxes!
There aren’t very many cons to upgrading to a metal roof. Some people think a metal roof is noisy. Despite the common misconception, they aren’t! With solid sheeting, insulating your roof will create a sound barrier. Breathable roofing underlayment helps preserve roofing deck, it increases energy efficiency, and it will add to the sound protection. The only downside of metal roofing is the initial cost. The price difference between a standard laminate shingle roof and a metal roof, is quite a jump, but you get what you pay for! Since they are more durable and last 3X as long, the overall investment will pay off in the long run. If you plan on living in your home for more than just a few years, we recommend choosing metal for your roof!
“Metal Roofing Pros and Cons.” Metal Roofing Manufacturers. Web. 19 July 2011. www.metalroofmanufacturers.com.
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