Every roofing material has its positive aspects and its negative side. Homeowners should work with Fort Worth roofing contractors to determine which material is right for the area where they live and for their style of home.
Many homeowners who live in areas with heavy snowfall opt for metal roofing materials. This is because metal is a lightweight material, can shed snow and is fire resistant. Metal roofs with a dark surface warm quickly in the sun and cause accumulated snow to melt. When a metal roof is applied over dense foam insulation, it has a high R value. This keeps the home warm during the winter and reduces energy costs.
If a homeowner is considering buying a metal roof, they should consider the pros and cons of metal when compared to traditional roofing materials like wood, asphalt and tile. For example, an asphalt roof has a life cycle of between 10 to 15 years depending on how well it is maintained. A metal roof has a life cycle of 20 to 50 years. Asphalt shingles are susceptible to high winds and can have difficulty shedding snow during the winter. Conversely, metal roofs have a high wind rating. Metal roofs are fire resistant and are not affected by things like insects, wildlife or rot.
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Homeowners are surprised to learn that a metal roof is very light. Most varieties of metal roofing weigh between 50 and 150 pounds per every 100 square feet. Since metal roofing is so light, it can easily be installed over an existing roof without needing to tear off the existing roofing material or adding additional structural support to the roof.
Metal roofs are easy to install. An experienced contractor can install a metal roof one or two days quicker than they could a traditional asphalt roof. Additionally, metal roofs have received a Class A fire rating. This is the most fire resistant rating any building material can receive. The only time this fire rating varies is if a metal roof is built on top of a combustible material, such as wood shingles. In that case, the class rating would be downgraded to C.
The biggest complaint that people have about a metal roof is the cost. Metal roofs cost two or three times as much as installing an asphalt shingle roof. However, homeowners must remember that when the cost is spread out over the lifetime of the roof, a metal roof can be the least expensive option.