Metal roofing in recent years has become more common. Sometimes called the “forever roof,” metal is an excellent choice for roofing. It has several advantages over the more commonly used asphalt shingles. You may be wondering what are the pros of metal roofing? Here are a few reasons why metal roofing may be the right choice for you:
Compared to asphalt shingles, metal roofing wins hands down when it comes to durability and lifespan. Most homeowners who invest in metal roofing will likely never have to go through a re-roofing again. Why? Metal roofs typically last 2-to-3 times longer than asphalt. You can expect a 50-to-60-year lifespan from a coated metal roof.
One positive of metal roofing is that it is 100% resistant to unsightly moss, mold, and mildew. Commonly found on roofs in moist areas such as woods, moss and fungus are particularly harmful to asphalt shingles.
Live in the woods? Have you had issues with animals such as raccoons and rodents in the past? With metal roofing, you can rest assured pests won’t be able to damage your roof and break into your attic.
A huge advantage of metal roofing is that metal is a fire-retardant material. Another huge advantage of metal roofing is that it can withstand wind speeds up to 110 to 120 mph. Asphalt shingles, in contrast, are rated for around 70 mph. And often after severe weather, you will find tabs broken off. Lastly, metal roofs hold up very well in a hailstorm compared to asphalt.
If you are environmentally conscious, you’ll be happy to know that metal has some great environmentally friendly characteristics. As noted earlier, the lifespan of a metal roof can last 2-to-3-times longer than asphalt. This means less material going to a landfill. Metal roofs are also commonly made of 30% recycled material. Also, all metal roofs can be completely recycled at the end of their service life.
During the hot summer months, metal roofs are excellent at helping keep your home cool. The coating on metal roofs gives them the ability to reflect radiant heat away from your home. This will keep the surface of your roof cooler and in turn, reduce the amount of heat absorbed into your home. Metal roofs also have an advantage during the cold winter months. Ice dams can be problematic with asphalt shingles. As the ice melts, it seeps under shingles, refreezes, and causes leaks within the home. Metal roofs are great at mitigating the formation of ice dams and eliminating this headache.
Are you considering a metal roof for your home? Give Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., a call, and let’s discuss the options available to you!