Whether you’re installing a brand new roof or repairing the one you already have, selecting roofing materials that offer substantial strength and longevity is critical. Fortunately, metal roofing offers both. Although there are a number of shingle and roofing options on the market, not all of them have the performance or lifespan that many discerning homeowners are looking for.
At Fine Line Improvement, it’s our goal to deliver a lasting, aesthetically pleasing roof that provides superior protection for your home. If you’ve been curious about whether metal roofing is the right choice for your needs, here is information to help you make the call.
Your home is one of the most valuable investments you’ll ever make, so you want to protect it, right? When it comes to your roofing options, metal offers a variety of benefits that many other roofing materials don’t, including the following:
On average, metal roofing offers 40 to 70 years of high-quality protection for your home. Compared to asphalt shingles, which have a lifespan of just 10 to 20 years, metal roofing provides substantially increased longevity. Opting for a longer-lasting roofing material saves you money in the long run because significant weather-related damage and deterioration are far less likely.
Because metal roofing is naturally reflective, it can reemit up to 90% of the solar heat that continually beats down on your home throughout the spring and summer seasons. Depending on the type, thickness, and coating of the metal, homeowners who opt for this type of roofing can save 10% to 40% on their annual cooling costs. With the right finish, metal roofing also offers significant insulation against cold throughout winter.
Harsh environmental conditions can easily wreak havoc on the average asphalt shingle roof, but that’s not so with metal roofing. Many metal roofing materials carry impressive wind resistance ratings and can withstand gusts of up to 140 miles per hour. In terms of durability, they also boast the following characteristics:
Unlike many other roofing materials, metal requires very little maintenance throughout its impressively long lifespan. Though it will require periodic debris removal and inspection, even with once-yearly maintenance, a metal roof will last far longer than highly popular materials such as asphalt shingles.
Because metal roofing provides a slippery surface compared to other roofing materials, it encourages maximal snow and water drainage. Ice dams and stagnant water accumulation are far less likely on homes that feature metal roofs.
Despite its obvious advantages, metal roofing does come with a few potential drawbacks. These disadvantages are far less pronounced with high-quality metals, but they may present an issue for some homeowners nonetheless.
Keep in mind, however, that the quality of the metal and the integrity of the installation ultimately determine how well a metal roof performs long term. When weighing your metal roofing options, be sure to consider the following:
While it’s true that metal is significantly more expensive than certain other roofing materials, it’s longevity and durability justify the additional cost. If you plan on living in your home for decades, investing in a metal roof is a smart choice.
That said, even homeowners who plan to relocate can typically command a higher asking price when selling their homes. Metal roofing is a valuable and attractive feature for prospective buyers, meaning they’ll gladly pay extra for the additional protection.
The nature of a metal roof means that it can produce greater noise levels than most other roofing materials. This is especially true during inclement weather, such as hail showers and thunderstorms. However, including additional insulation as part of your roof installation can help reduce noise levels considerably.
Though installation quality plays a major role in whether your metal roof will expand or contract over time, the phenomenon is always a possibility. When metal roofing is installed in large panels, weather conditions can contribute to expansion and contraction, especially if the roof does not feature the appropriate fasteners, which allow the metal to “breathe.”
At Fine Line Improvements, however, installation quality is never an issue. We use only the highest quality installation materials and the best installation techniques in the industry, thereby ensuring the quality and integrity of your metal roof for years to come.