Metal roofing is one of the best roofing options, yet it's almost always passed over in favor of asphalt shingles. Why? Usually it's because asphalt is easy to install, installation experts are everywhere, and the materials don't cost as much per installation. However, metal roofing can be a better deal overall once you've found a contractor to install it for you. Here are five benefits of metal roofing that make it far superior to asphalt roofing and most other roof types.
1. Long lifespan
Depending on the type of metal used, a metal roof can last anywhere from about twice as long as an asphalt roof to centuries (copper roofing can last indefinitely). This means that when you calculate the average cost per year of roof materials and installation, metal roofing may actually put you ahead of asphalt roofing budgetwise. And even if it's still a little more expensive, the savings on energy and tax credits may tip it over the edge.
2. Government subsidies
The tax credits that you can get as a homeowner for installing an energy-efficient metal roof are substantial. For example, the Energy Star tax credit (a federal tax credit intended to encourage customers to choose options that are more energy-efficient) can earn you up to $500 (at a rate of 10% of the total cost) when you install the right type of metal roof. (Note: some specialized asphalt shingles may qualify for this tax credit as well.)
3. Helps passive cooling
Passive cooling is another big reason to get a metal roof. Metal roofing is naturally reflective, and you can make it even more reflective by painting it white or coating it with a cool roof coating. This will ensure that it lets much less heat into your home, increasing the house's passive cooling ability and decreasing the amount of money you'll have to pay for AC energy usage.
4. Price point options
While copper roofing is out of most people's price range, there are several other long-lasting types of metal roofing that are easier to afford. For example, steel roofing and aluminum ("tin roof" material) can both last longer than asphalt and cost much less than copper.
5. Less repair and maintenance
Asphalt shingles are prone to damage from wind, debris, thermal shock, hail, heavy rain, and more. They can become ripped or even blow off entirely. Metal roofing is comparatively much sturdier and isn't liable to having tiny granules wash away in the gutter. Because of this increased durability and diminished vulnerability, metal roofing may require fewer repairs over the course of its working life and even less maintenance. The basic maintenance you'll need to do is keep the roof free of debris and have it inspected every 5 years or so to check for things like sealant failure and loosened fasteners.
These five reasons can help you understand why metal roofing is increasing in popularity and how it can help you save money in the long run as well as making your life more convenient. It can not only keep you more comfortable from day to day and save you money on your cooling bill each month, but can significantly decrease the number of times you'll need to have roof replacements done. Work with a company like Apple Roof Cleaning to keep your roof in great shape so it lasts as long as possible.Share
13 September 2016
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