There are many types of roofing materials from which to choose, and metal is growing in popularity for its many benefits. If you are in the market for a new roof and aren't sure if metal is right for you, keep reading.
What Are Common Metal Roof Myths?
One common metal roof myth used to be true. Originally, metal roofs tended to be loud. However, as technology advanced and more and more people choose metal roofs for their homes, metal roofs can be incredibly quiet. Special dampers absorb most of the sound. The decking, underlayment, attic, and attic insulation also help absorb some of the noise.
Another common myth is that metal roofs make the house hot. However, the metal itself and the color the roof is painted can reflect light and heat, keeping the house cool. Finally, you may fear your metal roof will rust. However, there are many ways to prevent rusting. You can keep the roof painted/sealed or choose a metal that doesn't rust.
What Are Metal Roof Benefits?
Because metal roofs reflect a lot of sunlight, metal roofs are energy efficient. This means you may be able to reduce your energy spending by switching to a metal roof. They are also lightweight, and the smooth surface makes it easy for water, snow, and debris to slide off.
Metal roofs are often made of recycled metal, and they can be recycled, making them a better choice for the environment. Plus, they are resistant to rot, decay, infestation, moss, and fungus. You may be able to have a metal roof installed directly over your old asphalt roof. Finally, metal roofs are fire-resistant and durable.
How Much Does a Metal Roof Cost?
The cost of your metal roof largely depends on the type of metal. Some metals like a corrugated metal only cost $5.50 to $11.50 per square foot. Steel shingles are about $8 to $12.65. However, copper, the most expensive metal roof, costs $21 to $39.70.
To compare, basic asphalt shingles cost $4.25 to $4.95, and state tiles cost about $12 to $22. Typically, however, the more you spend, the longer the roof lasts, so you may save money in the long run. Other factors that affect the price include the size of the roof and the slope.
Metal roofs are not the cheapest option, but they last longer than asphalt roofs and require less maintenance. They may even reduce your monthly energy spending.
If you would like to know more, contact a metal roofing service today.