Metal is one of the most popular choices of roofing material; however, there are still a lot of myths surrounding metal roofing. Some myths include that a metal roof is highly susceptible to being struck by lightning, that metal is loud when it's raining, or that a metal roof is expensive to install. The fact is, there are several benefits to installing metal roofing. Whether you are building a new home or it's time to replace the current roof, here are a few reasons why you should consider a metal roof.
Unlike asphalt shingles or other roofing materials, metal doesn't allow water to penetrate the roofing system, regardless of the age of the roof. Metal allows the water or snow to simply run off. Metal roofing is also resistant to heat and will withstand high winds without the risk of damage. When it comes to the chances of a roof being struck by lightning, the risk doesn't increase with metal. In fact, if your home does get struck by lightning, the metal will help to dissipate the charge. Metal is a non-combustible material, so there are fewer risks of your home catching fire if struck by lightning.
Modern metal roofs are treated with a type of paint that helps to reflect the hot rays of the sun, which makes the roof exceptionally energy efficient. The majority of roofing companies often guarantee that the paint used on a metal roof will last up to 25 years or more, so you won't need to repaint it in order for it to keep its energy efficient properties. The combination of plywood underneath the shingles along with solid sheathing and metal creates additional layers of insulation that help to keep the heat in during the winter as well as reduce the sound of the rain hitting the metal.
One of the best benefits of metal roofing is that it is cost-efficient. The installation cost may be slightly more than the cost of a traditional shingle roof; however, a metal roof has an extremely long life span. In many situations, it will last a minimum of 50 years, unlike a traditional roof that typically needs to be replaced about every 15 years. A metal roof requires little to no maintenance and will save you money on energy costs. Another benefit of a metal roof is that it will generally increase the resale value of your home.
A metal roof can enhance the look of any age or style of house. The metal can be made to resemble a variety of other roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, cedar shake, or tile. The available options allow you to have the look of more expensive roofing materials at a much more reasonable cost and with less maintenance than is typically required for other materials.
For more information, contact a company like Acoma Roofing, Inc.