The benefits of metal roofs are many, which is why they have been such a popular roofing option for decades. Metal roofs last a long time, sometimes up to 70 years, if well maintained. Homeowners should have their roofs inspected by a professional at least once per year, preferably in the spring and autumn (right before the extreme seasons begin). Catching a roof problem early is like catching a problem with your health early — it’s easier and less expensive to treat. The lifespan of a metal roof is anywhere from 40 to 70 years, and is dictated by region, weather and a little luck, as well as regular maintenance.
Metal roofs are also safe and naturally resistant to fire. They don’t spark (so don’t let the word metal fool you) and won’t go up in flames should there be a wildfire, lightning bolt a little too close to home or even a house fire. However, many other parts of a home are vulnerable to flames, so don’t depend on a metal roof alone to keep you safeguarded. As homeowners look for attractive, affordable and safe options for all parts of their homes, metal roofs are enjoying a revival in popularity — and it’s about time.
All That Glitters
Many metal roofs come with an attractive sheen that’s neutral, complementing almost every home design and architecture. They’re also durable, and in some cases have stood up to 140-mile-per-hour wind gusts. This makes them ideal for Tornado Alley or any region with extreme weather. They won’t crack, don’t corrode and are more resistant to impact, compared to many other roofing materials. However, they still need routine inspections and a little TLC. Even the toughest roofs can’t power through nonstop without repairs from time to time.
A big bonus for green-minded homeowners is the energy efficiency of metal roofs. They reflect the sun’s radiant heat naturally, ultimately cutting down cooling costs by up to 25 percent. That’s a big savings, especially in areas where air conditioning is a necessity. Plus, it gives homeowners good karma points and makes them feel better about energy consumption.
A metal roof isn’t just energy efficient, but also very eco-friendly. Most are made with some degree of recycled content — sometimes up to 95 percent. However, metal roofs themselves are completely recyclable, so you won’t be paying dump fees if you need (or want) to re-roof. Compare that to the majority of shingled roofs that amount to about 20 billion pounds of waste each year.
However, do keep in mind that during hailstorms or heavy rain, metal roofing can be noisier than other options (although for some nature lovers, this is a big plus). To find out if metal roofing is the right crowning jewel for your home, contact Aluminum Lock Roofing today for a free consultation.