If metal roofing seems more appropriate for commercial buildings, you might be surprised to know that the current trend is seeing more and more metal roofs on homes in neighbourhoods around the lower mainland. While many homeowners choose roofing shingles made of asphalt, engineered wood, cedar, or slate, home buyers and construction professionals are realizing the benefits of metal roofs. Reasons for choosing metal roofing include longevity, energy efficiency, better protection, and appearance.
Shingles and roofing tiles manufactured from non-metal materials last anywhere from 17 to 25 years before they need to be replaced. However, the longevity of a metal roofing system is two to three times longer. Some roofing professionals believe that when a homeowner chooses a metal roof, it will be the last roof a house will ever need.
Non-metal roofs, some more than others, absorb heat, causing the temperature to rise inside the house. In summer, metal roofs reflect heat away, reducing cooling costs. All year round, including winter, metal roofs insulate a house, keeping air escaping outside and from entering inside.
Metal roofing typically is more expensive to install than other kinds of roofing materials. But because it’s very durable – doesn’t dent easily, there’s no wear and tear, fewer places for leaks to form – a metal roof lasts longer with less time and money spent on maintenance.
High quality (higher the gauge, thicker the metal) metal roofing can provide better protection for your home. A quality metal roof withstands pretty much anything that comes its way – hurricane-strength winds, heavy rainfall, hail, and debris. It’s fire resistant, doesn’t deteriorate, and doesn’t rust. While there’s often the perception that a metal roof is heavy, it’s actually lightweight yet strong which means it’s not adding weight to the foundation or putting undue stress on the structure of your home.
Industry reports show that the resale value of a home with a metal roof increases when compared to a comparable-sized asphalt shingled home. Homebuyers seem to like the idea of probably never having to replace the roof.
Metal roofing comes in a variety of colours and can be made to look like most other kinds of roofing materials including clay tiles and cedar shingles. Being able to add colour and texture to a roof gives the homeowner improved curb appeal.