This winter as homeowners worry about ice, snow, and roof leaks, many homeowners turned their thoughts to a metal roof.
Smooth and indestructible, metal roofs allow snow to slide off easily, avoiding many problems caused by ice that backs up under asphalt shingles, melts and drips into the house.
Other homeowners value metal roofs because of their environmental advantages. They are made from more than 90 percent recycled steel or aluminum. One company boasts that 11,000 soda cans make up a 10-by-10-foot roof section.
The metal roofs last longer, and when they are replaced, instead of adding tons of asphalt shingles to landfills, the roofs can themselves be recycled.
But there's a significant obstacle: A metal roof is more expensive than asphalt shingles, although the costs are comparable if the price of the metal roof is prorated over its useful life.
Metal roofs last over 50 years and do not leak, so in the long run, they are less expensive.
If you are thinking long-term, metal roofs are more expensive, but once they are installed, they are done. You never have to touch these roofs again.
There is an additional benefit of metal roofs that you may like as well, another roof won't end up in the landfill. A metal roof carries a lifetime guaranty, which means they never need to be replaced.
Metal is more expensive, but on the other hand, asphalt has a shorter life. You have a high outlay initially, but you get it back over the years.
A lot of people are fed up with water in the house and ice dams and may seek a metal roof alternative before the winter.
Metal roofs can be made of steel or aluminum, but aluminum is used exclusively in coastal areas or where humidity levels are high. Styles vary, from the traditional New England barn look of standing flat seams to realistic imitations of slate or shingles, tiles or shakes.
Many are finished with a durable paint guaranteed not to fade, or a Teflon material. Warranties vary and are usually transferable but are often limited to the first transferee, and are limited in time.
For more information on metal roofs, contact SB Roofing.