Metal roofing has become increasingly more popular in recent years. Whether on a quaint cabin, an expansive mountain home, a custom build, or on a standard suburban house, metal roofing is a great option to add style and curb appeal. In 2015, metal roofing made up 11% of the roof market, and that number seems to have only increased. There are many reasons why metal roofing has grown in popularity.
- Metal roofs are environmentally friendly especially compared to other options. Asphalt shingles are made from petroleum, which increases our dependency on fossil fuels. Metal roofing is 100% recyclable, but most impressively, metal roofing has a very long-life span which inherently reduces waste compared to products that only last 15-20 years.
- Metal roofs are energy efficient. Having a roof be energy efficient is one of the most important pieces of a home’s energy efficiency rating since the roof is exposed to the sun more than any other portion of the house. Metal roofing is one of the most energy efficient roofing options available, and can save up to 40% on energy costs! Metal naturally reflects solar energy away from the home, unlike other materials that absorb heat. Some metal options, according to independent reports from R&D Engineering, increased performance compared to other material types by over 200%.
- Metal roofs increase curb appeal. There’s no doubt, having a metal roof can have an enormous impact on the home's curb appeal. Even people who are not a fan of traditional standing seam metal roofing can opt for a metal option with “stone coated steel” roofing products. These products have granule coatings and shapes that mimic the look of tile or wood. So, for aesthetic purposes, you can still have the unique look of a wood shake or tile roof with the benefits of metal roofing.
- Metal roofs are cost effective. While the front end of metal roofing can have a significant cost compared to other roofing options, the longevity of the roof system is an important factor when determining over cost. A metal roof, when installed correctly, undoubtedly has the longest lifespan compared to other roof materials. In addition to this, installing a metal roof can increase the homes value up to 6%! The ROI on a metal roof is substantially higher than other roof materials, coming in at nearly 86%- 95%! There is also the possibility of lower insurance premiums by installing a metal roof, in addition to the energy cost savings. So, overall, although more expensive to install, the return on a metal roof can actually save, if not make you money!
Overall, the choice to install a metal roof is not one you’ll likely regret. However, it is important to have a knowledgeable roofing contractor install your metal roof. If you’re interested in more information, contact American Eagle Roofing at www.aeroof.com.