If you’re in the market for a new roof, a metal roof might benefit you in more ways than one.
For starters, metal roofs are made out of steel, aluminum, cooper or zinc, all of which tend to be more environmentally friendly than traditional asphalt shingles. At least 25 percent of the steel used in metal roofs is recycled, according to research from the Building Owners and Managers Association. The materials also can be recycled again if the roof is ever dismantled. When you consider that the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 11 million tons of asphalt roofing materials are created and wind up in landfills annually, installing a roof with a smaller environmental footprint can make a big difference.
But let’s talk about looks. If you’re worried that your new roof will look out of place in your neighborhood or won’t match your home’s exterior design, shelve your fears. Metal roofs come in a variety of designs and colors. Check out the gallery link on the Metal Roof Alliance’s website to see for yourself. Choose from a wide selection such as metal shingle/slate panels that resemble asphalt shingles. Metal tiles, on the other hand, look like traditional tile roofing and are available in colors like red, brown, black, bright cooper or even blue. Or there’s metal shake, intended to simulate wood and available in a variety of textures to complete the effect. Pre-painted vertical tiles are custom painted and lay length-wise along the roof. Natural metals are striking, bright (think cooper) and 100 percent recyclable.
Aesthetics aside, metal roofs tend to be more durable. Asphalt roofs are expected to last for about 23 years, while metal ones tend to last for about 40 years — almost twice as long. Although you may end up spending up to three times more for a metal roof than an asphalt one, the investment may be worth it. Homes outfitted with metal roofs have a 1 percent to 6 percent higher resale value than similar homes with asphalt shingles.
Metal roofs also shed snow quickly—meaning there’s a smaller chance they will collapse under the weight of a heavy snowfall. They also can help prevent ice damming, a dangerous buildup of ice on roofs that can cause water damage.
If a new metal roof sounds like it might be for you, book an appointment today with Knockout Roofing to discuss considering installing this high-quality, long-lasting product on your home.