Metal roofing is not an innovative, new product, but in recent years it’s been becoming more and more popular thanks in large part to its incredible lifespan.
“We chose the metal roof for its look –- very Florida–like -– for its longevity, and [because it’s] maintenance–free,” said Douglas Wood, a homeowner in Michigan who recently had to face the challenge of replacing his white tile roof.
“Metal roofs are an excellent choice for any home, not only do they look amazing once installed, they offer an extra level of fire resistance to your home and should last for 50+ years.” says Dymitri Orslov, DVR Roofing in Toronto
Besides their longevity and durability, metal roofs are also incredibly energy efficient. Installing one may help reduce energy consumption by as much as 40% and can improve a home’s insulation performance, which will reduce heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer.
Unbeknownst to many homeowners, metal roofs are also very aesthetically appealing, coming in a variety of colors, added Westfall. “You can get white, brown, black, beige, and gray. Any color you want really. There is actually a very large color palette for metal roofs.”
“The only con to a metal roof is the cost,” said Ryan Westfall, vice president of a Michigan roofing company.
Although metal roofs can sometimes be three times as expensive as asphalt shingles, they can last for as long as 50 years if properly installed, ensuring a high return on investment.
“If you can afford a metal roof, it’s definitely the way to go. It will be the last roof you ever put on,” Westfall added.
If you are willing to invest a little bit more on a metal roof, though, make sure to take out insurance on it.
“Insurance is really important when it comes to roofers, because let’s face it, they are on your roof, they’re on ladders on your property, so you want to be sure your contractor has both general liability and worker’s comp insurance,” said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List, one of the top consumer information websites. “Ask for proof of insurance, and call and confirm that it’s still valid. This is important because any contractor that won’t show you this proof of insurance, you need to walk away from.”
If you’ve been thinking about replacing your roof this summer, you may want to consider going the metal route. Though it costs a bit more, you do get what you pay for.