Essex County Roofers have encouraged homeowners to weigh the pros and cons of installing a metal roof as opposed to traditional roofing materials such as asphalt, tile or wood. Metal has particular benefits that make it a good option for many roofing styles. There are also some drawbacks that might dissuade a homeowner from using this material.
The number one benefit of a metal roof is its long life expectancy. If a metal roof is properly installed, a homeowner could expect it to last as long as the home. Traditional roofing materials like asphalt have a life expectancy of between 12 to 20 years, depending on the maintenance it receives. Clay tile roofs and wood shakes will last for approximately 25 years before they need to be replaced. Metal roofs on the other hand can last 50 years or more. Copper roofs can last for more than a century if they are given proper maintenance.
Metal is waterproof. It is strong, yet flexible enough to survive high winds. It easily sheds snow, and can resist fire, mold, wildlife and insect infestations. Since metal roofing material is relatively light, it can be applied to almost any roofing style without needing to add additional structural support. In some cases, homeowners can downsize the number of roof support beams in their home if they replace a traditional roof with a metal one.
The roofing contractors from All Professional Remodeling of Essex County can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, gutters or skylights.
Metal roofs are naturally energy efficient because metal will reflect any radiant heat from the sun. As a result, midday heat gain is reduced and less air conditioning is needed to cool the home. Metal has a relatively low insulation R value. However, when insulation is installed in the attic, the energy efficiency level of metal is increased.
One of the drawbacks of a metal roof is its cost. Metal roofs will cost two to three times as much as an asphalt roof. However, if this cost is calculated over the lifetime of the roof and if other factors such as maintenance and repairs are taken into consideration, a metal roof ends up being the least expensive option.
Another drawback of a metal roof is noise. For some people, the sound of rain falling on a metal roof is a comforting sound. However, other people have compared it to living under a drum. The noise produced by a metal roof can be minimized if sound dampening insulation is installed. Overall, a metal is a sturdy, durable, energy efficient and attractive roofing material.