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Should you consider re-roofing with a metal roof?

Posted on April 2, 2015

Listed by many sources as one of the top 5 roofing materials, metal roofs are rapidly becoming a mainstream choice. Prices have come down, and a good metal roof now frequently comes in somewhere in price between shingle and tile. Considering its benefits, this is quite a bargain:

  • You can expect a metal roof to last at least 2 to 3 times longer than a regular roof. In general terms, count on a metal roof lasting 40 to 60 years and beyond.
  • When installed with solid sheathing, a metal roof on your home will silence noise from rain, hail and bad weather as well – if not better – than any other roofing material.
  • Compared to other roofing types, it cools faster at night, and holds less heat for shorter periods.
  • Metal roofing has a 140-mph wind rating, meaning it can withstand wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour. Under high wind conditions, says architect Jim Mitchell, “Metal roofing systems have wind resistance and uplift resistance that is above the new building code requirement”.
  • Not only is metal roofing great for your home, it’s great for the environment. The recycled content of the steel in a metal roof is about 28% from production to installation to reuse – far superior to asphalt.
  • Metal roofs are, on average, 50% lighter than an asphalt shingle roof, and 75% lighter than concrete tile, fiber cement shakes and slate. With metal roofing, weight on a structure is never an issue
Simulated Tile Metal Roof

Yes, this is really a metal roof!

   Sources:Metal Roof Alliance and Better Homes and Gardens



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