Metal roofing is one of the most popular roofing materials available on the market for office buildings. Although the product may not be one of the most common materials on homes in North America, it's increasing in popularity among homeowners, especially because of its modern appearance. A few pros and cons with this type of roof should be considered before making a purchase.
One of the main attractions to metal roofs is their durability. Metal can last up to 50 years on a home if it's maintained well by a Fort Worth roofing professional, making for an investment that can also increase the value of the home. This feature can make the property more desirable to potential buyers because they won't need to replace the structure anytime soon.
Metal roofs are also eco friendly because they can be constructed out of recycled materials, which can be reused when it's time to reinstall a new roof. Using recyclable materials will avoid contributing to landfills and will use less energy with the construction of the metal material.
Installing a metal roof on a home also means taking advantage of extra energy savings throughout the year. Metal is highly solar reflective, which prevents it from absorbing as much heat through the surface as other material does. This helps to keep the home cooler while it lowers the electricity bill by relying less on the air conditioner.
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Homeowners will enjoy an average of 25 percent savings compared to asphalt roofs. A cool roof coating or white paint also can be applied to the surface to enhance the energy savings.
Although metal roofs can last longer than asphalt shingles or tiles, they usually are more expensive initially. The average price of a square foot of the material has a price tag of $4 to $15 with the cost of installation varying depending on the local area of the building.
A common drawback is that metal roofs often can be considered an annoyance when extreme weather occurs. From rainfall to high winds, the roof can be noisy, and the home is known to sound like the inside of a drum if not properly insulated. The environmental elements can even cause dents and minor damage to the exterior of the roof. Although this doesn't necessarily affect the integrity of the structure, it can be considered an eyesore on the building.
Fortunately, metal roofs do not increase the risk of lightning striking a building. If the home was struck, the metal roof would disperse the energy throughout the structure. It also has a low risk of catching fire.