If you're in the market for a new roof for your home, you've likely seen the increasing number of metal roofs on homes all over the United States. Once used mostly on commercial and farm buildings, metal roofs are becoming very popular with homeowners. In fact, the number of residential metal roofs in the U.S. has more than tripled in the last decade. There are a number of good reasons for this increase.
1. Durability. One of the chief advantages to a metal roof is its durability. A good, properly-installed metal roof can last for up to 50 years. This compares to an average lifespan of 15 to 30 years for an asphalt shingle roof. A metal roof is likely the last roof you'll ever have to buy for your house.
2. Attractiveness. Metal roofing comes in a rainbow of colors, from deep green to plum to bright red and yellow. There's something to go with most any taste or style of house. A metal roof can also increase your curb appeal and make it more attractive to potential home buyers when it comes time to put your house on the market.
3. Fire resistance. Since metal doesn't burn like asphalt shingles and wooden shingles do, a metal roof can give you and your family precious time to escape your structure in the event of a house fire. Adding even a few minutes can make a life-saving difference. Your insurance company may even lower your rates if the roof is deemed to improve the overall safety of your home.
4. Water and insect resistance. Another advantage of a metal roof is that it is not subject to insect damage by wood-eating bugs like termites or ants. A metal roof is also impervious to water and won't be affected by black algae stains or rot like asphalt shingles.
5. Lightweight. Metal roofing is surprisingly lighter than many other types of roof material, such as composite shingles, asphalt shingles, and slate. Being lighter means than you won't have to worry about having to add (and pay for) extra structural support for your new roof as you might have to for other types of roofing.
While a metal roof may not be the right choice for every homeowner, it's definitely worth considering. Talk with a professional, like Affordable Roofing & Gutters, for more information on benefits and what kind of roofing material would work best for your home.