A metal roof may not be the most popular choice for a residential home, but metal is very durable and attractive and often worth the added cost versus standard asphalt or plastic tiles. If your home needs a new roof or if you are having a new home built and need to choose the roofing material, note a few considerations to keep in mind about metal roofing. This can help you decide the best option for your home in particular.
Higher investment, greater longevity
A metal roof is often more expensive than a standard asphalt shingle roof, as the material needs to be cut and then fabricated to fit your home's roof in particular, and then installed by a roofer. However, a metal roof is more durable than asphalt shingles and should last far longer before it needs repairs and replacement.
If you know you'll be selling your home in a few years, a metal roof may not be the right investment unless you want to really bring up your property value. Still, a standard asphalt shingle roof may be the more cost-effective option. On the other hand, for those who plan on staying in their home for decades, if not indefinitely, the higher investment of a durable metal roof can be the right choice, as it will mean fewer repairs and less need of replacement over time.
Durability in storms
For homes in areas with very mild weather, standard asphalt, clay or other such tiles may be sufficient. For homes that are often exposed to inclement weather, however, consider a metal roof. The metal won't fade or get brittle and dry out under hot and direct sunlight, as do clay or asphalt tiles. Metal pieces are also less likely to blow away in strong storms. This makes metal the better investment for tropical areas or for homes that are exposed to harsh weather of any sort.
Standard asphalt shingles, as well as concrete or plastic tiles, can sometimes look a bit cheap, especially when compared to the appearance of a metal roof. Metal has a very natural look that works well with a modern home and which can make your home very unique. A metal roof can also be powder coated virtually any colour, so your home's roof can have a blue, red or even white shade that works well with its exterior colours. A metal roof with the right finishing also helps to keep the home itself cool and comfortable during hot summer months.