There’s a new trend in the home improvement world and to see it, you have to look up. Metal roofing is an increasingly popular choice for residential homes, whether for new constructions or roof upgrades. The en vogue roofing material touts too-good-to-be-true benefits like immense durability, longevity and energy efficiency. If “replace roof” is still on your punch list, you might have questions about metal roofing..
Will my metal roof be loud?
While the sound of falling rain is sometimes peaceful, it typically won’t be more pronounced on a metal roof than other traditional materials. When installed, layers of insulation and solid sheathing function as a sound barrier.
Why is metal roofing a good option anyway?
Metal roofing has an impressive lifespan of 50 years, as compared to asphalt shingles lasting 10-12 years. It’s a one-and-done kind of roof, as you won’t have to worry about replacing it again. Stylistically, it’s also versatile and comes in a variety of metals and finishes.
It also has great power against the elements, and works well in all different climates. Metal is an energy efficient material, and can help cut air conditioning costs in the summer and retain heat in the winter. Rust-proof coatings make metal roofing resistant to corrosion or cracking, and it can withstand winds up to 140 mpg. Metal’s only kryptonite? Large hail.
You won’t have to worry about racoons digging into the attic either, as metal isn’t easily damaged by animals, or eaten by pesky insects like termites. One more perk: It’s eco-friendly. Comprised of nearly a quarter of recycled materials, it’s also completely recyclable itself.
Is there a right way to install a metal roof?
The simple answer: Yes. Installing a metal roof yourself isn’t a good idea, and neither is enlisting just anyone for this project. Metal roofs should be installed by specialists with the tools, training and experience installing this type of roofing. If done wrong, you can experience leaks or need to make costly repairs.
Can a metal roof be installed over my existing roof?
Technically, installing a metal roof over existing shingles is possible, but often not advised. Moisture can get trapped between the old roofing and metal, causing mold and rot. Tearing off shingles is an added expense and mess, but it’s necessary if you want the job done right.
Why is metal roofing so expensive?
According to HomeAdvisor, metal roofing ranges from $120 to $900 per square, whereas asphalt shingles come in at $70 to $160 per square. That’s a hefty one-time cost, but it follows the old adage “You get what you pay for.” First off, metal roofing is expensive because of the specialized training installation demands.
Your metal roof will also outlast how long you live at the home itself. It’s a worthy investment, especially if you plan on living in the home for decades to come. Also take into consideration potential energy savings, as metal roofs can reduce cooling costs by 10 to 25 percent.
Looking to add a metal roof to your home? Call the experts at Kline Home Exteriors to learn about your options and installation.