The Benefits of Metal Roofs
Asphalt roofs are about as common a feature on Texas homes as brick exteriors and decorative metal stars. That’s because asphalt is an affordable, functional, and durable roofing material. It’s so common, in fact, that many people don’t question it until it needs replacing—or until they’ve had it with high energy bills.
If your current roof needs to be replaced, or if you’re building a new home and considering your options, you may want to think about the benefits of metal roofs. Home Improvement Leads discusses the benefits of metal roofs and why metal may be the best choice for your Texas home.
The better you insulate your home, the more energy efficient it will be. This means your HVAC system will be free to work more effectively and ultimately save you money. This is especially helpful in the summer, when energy bills can skyrocket as your cooling system struggles to keep up with triple-digit temperatures.
Metal roofing with a reflective coating is considered a type of “cool roof,” meaning it reflects sunlight and absorbs heat better than a standard roof. It helps reduce your home’s cooling load and improve indoor comfort.
As practical as metal is, practicality is far from its only strength. Metal coatings come in a wide range of colors and styles. Depending on which type you choose, metal can work for either a rustic, modernized farmhouse, or a contemporary aesthetic, functioning as a striking element of your home’s design. Some of the most popular applications are corrugated steel, standing seam, and stone-coated steel.
Recycled and Recyclable Materials
In addition to being more energy efficient than traditional roofs,
- metal roofs
are more sustainable than asphalt roofs. Asphalt roofing constitutes approximately 20 billion pounds of waste in U.S. landfills annually. Metal roofing, on the other hand, is made of 30 to 60 percent recycled materials and can be recycled once removed from your home.
Some homeowners cringe at the price tag of premium roofing materials, but metal roofing is so durable and long-lasting compared to asphalt that the initial cost is likely to be recouped—either in added home value or in longevity. The lifespan of an asphalt roof is about 20 years, while a metal roof can last several decades (thicker protective coatings make for a longer lifespan). A 30- to 50-year manufacturer warranty is not uncommon. And that’s without factoring in potential energy savings.
Every type of roof will wear and tear a bit after long exposure to the elements. But when it comes to metal, a simple recoat can keep it in tip-top shape. Clear debris every now and then with a pressure washer and you’ll be all set.
Choosing a Metal Roof and Contractor
Be sure to thoroughly research your roofing material and coating options and look for an experienced contractor for the project. Poorly installed metal roofs can result in expensive repairs, while a properly installed metal roofs could potentially last an entire lifetime.