Whether you’re building a home from the ground up or replacing an old roof, there are many decisions that have to be made including materials. The good news is that there are more options now than ever. This is great – because it means there’s something for everyone. However, it also means that the decision process can get confusing. What material is the most affordable? Which will last me the longest? Is there really that much of a difference between material A and material B? Every roofing material has its pros and cons, but there’s a reason why metal has become an increasingly popular option for both residential and commercial property owners. Continue reading for the many benefits of metal roofing material.
Benefit #1: Longevity & Durability
Perhaps the number one reason why metal roof owners decide to go with metal is because of its durability. Metal is proven to withstand harsh weather conditions and effectively protect properties from flying or falling debris with minimal damage – if any. One of the most commonly listed drawbacks of metal roofing is its susceptibility to denting. However, the right metal made of the highest quality is not going to dent easily.
Also, under the category of durability, metal is highly resistant to fire. Although Tennessee isn’t exactly prone to wildfires, this is still a valuable characteristic in case of a house fire. Compared to slate or tile roofing that is also fire resistant, metal weighs much less, making it safer for first responders entering a property that is on fire. Materials that weigh more can compromise the building structure and make it more likely for the roof to collapse.
Because of metal’s durability and fire resistance attributes, the lifespan of metal roofs is among the highest of all roofing materials. The average lifespan for a metal roof is well above 50 years and can reach up to 70 years. In the end, many factors contribute to the lifespan of a roof, including installation and quality. Still, overall, metal roofing is a great option for those willing to invest in a long-lasting roof.
Benefit #2: Eco Friendly
Are you looking to make an environmentally conscious decision with your next roof? A lesser-known benefit of metal roofing is that it is eco-friendly and energy-efficient. Not many people know that metal roofs are largely made of recycled materials (at least 25% and up to 95%). Plus, they are 100% recyclable at the end of their lifespan. Furthermore, if you are one to undertake multiple eco-friendly initiatives in your home, metal roofs are also great compliments for solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems.
In addition to being a sustainable roofing material, metal roofs are often energy-efficient as well. Compared to materials such as asphalt shingles that absorb radiant heat, metal actually reflects it. This results in reduced cooling costs by up to 25% in warmer months. For this reason, metal roofing is a popular choice for both commercial and residential property owners despite the higher upfront cost.
Benefit #3: Options
For those of you that like options when it comes to color, texture, and styles, metal roofing could be the material for you. Tin, zinc, aluminum, copper, and galvanized steel are the most commonly used metals. And there are hundreds of colors and finishes to choose from.
A big misconception is the metal roofing looks cheap and is unflattering. Nowadays, there are many options for high-quality metal roofing that mimic the aesthetic of slate, wood, shingles, and more. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to use multiple roofing materials – whether it be two different metals or a combination of shingles and metal. If you are interested in metal roofing, we at Austermiller Roofing will help you find the perfect finish for your home or business.
Metal Roofing Has Minimal Drawbacks
When choosing which roofing material to go with, it’s essential to keep in mind that every material, even metal, has its drawbacks. But the number of disadvantages is minimal!
The most significant drawback is pricing. Metal roofing can cost double or triple the price of what it would be for an alternative material. Depending on your financial situation and how long you plan to stay in your home or business location, though, the price could be worth it because you get what you pay for.
Other notable drawbacks include noise and, as mentioned earlier, denting. The noise is inevitable, especially during storms. Although, adding more insulation during installation can help with this. And the denting is heavily dependent on which metal and quality of metal you decide to purchase. The lower the quality, the easier it will be to dent. The higher the quality, the more likely it is to withstand large hail storms and falling debris.
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Installing a metal roof has many benefits, including longevity, durability, environmental friendliness, and a wide array of options. However, keep in mind that every roofing material is going to have its downsides as well. If you think that metal roofing might be right for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. But if you are undecided, we are experts in installing every type of roofing material and are more than happy to help you decide what is best for your home or business.
Austermiller, Inc. has been serving the Middle Tennessee area for over 25 years. Our team of certified contractors and roofers are trained professionals to install the highest quality materials with the highest quality service. We are proud to specialize in both commercial and residential roofing, as well as storm damage repair and restoration.
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