If you are thinking about replacing your shingle roof with metal roofing, then you have come to the right place. A metal roof replacement is a significant decision that should be preceded by research into the benefits and drawbacks of each residential roofing type.
As an experienced roofing company, we have previously shared quite a bit of our knowledge on metal roofing in several blog posts for home and building owners. The following is a list of important factors to take into account when considering a metal roof replacement:
Over time, metal roofs are less expensive. When looking at the upfront cost, shingles may seem to be the less expensive option, but there are more factors to consider. For instance, maintenance costs, energy savings and replacement costs. When adding these factors into the equation, metal is the more affordable roofing type.
The existing shingle roofs of many homes and buildings can be recovered or retrofitted without removing the shingles.
Metal roofing can help save homeowners up to 20% of their electricity costs. This is more easily achieved when making use of above sheathing ventilation (ASV) and reflective paint systems.
Whether for residential or commercial roofing, metal roofing is the more eco friendly choice. It is 100% recyclable and sustainable. It can take shingles up to 300 years to break down and they fill up our landfills.
Metal roofing is aesthetically pleasing and available in a broad range of colors and designs.
As roofing contractors, we know that metal roofing is durable. Shingles are substantially less resilient to strong wind and hail compared to metal. The last roof you will probably ever install is a metal roof.
Metal roofing works very well with solar systems.
Metal wall panels can be used to complement a metal roof.
Compared to shingles, it will take an extra few days for the installation of your metal roof. Additionally, installing a metal roof is more challenging in some regions and calls for a different set of skills than roofers require for the installation of a shingle roof. To find roofing companies in your region, make use of our handy find-a-contractor tool or simply get in touch with the friendly team at All Roof Inc.
A metal roof installation is not simple, but for the experienced DIYers it is a possibility.
There is a variety in quality of metal roofing products. To reduce fade and chalk and keep your roof looking great, we advise using a Galvalume substrate and Kynar 500 paint.
During rain, a metal roof is not noisy.
For roofs with a slope of 3:12 or less, metal roofing performs better than shingles.
Some owners may find the appearance of oil canning to be problematic. Speak to your roofing company about making use of panels that are narrower and a striated pan condition.
For those not in the know, striations entail making a tiny bend in the flat part of a panel every few inches or so. This will aid in absorbing the thermal cycling and reduce the look of oil canning.
Between the exposed fixed 3’ wide panels to the 12-18” standing seam metal panels, there is a significant price difference. Narrower panels are more expensive to buy and install, but after around 20 years, exposed fasteners may require some maintenance.
Bonus: Impress your neighbors with an ultra-cool metal roof!
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