If your asphalt roof is old and worn out, you may be upset about having to replace it again. Asphalt roofs last several years, but considering their cost, you probably wish they would last much longer. Before you put a new roof on, you should look into the advantages of switching to a metal roof. A metal roof lasts for decades and it could the last roof you ever have to buy for your home. Here are some nice features of metal roofing:
Metal Roofing Comes In Shingles, Tiles, And Shakes
If you're concerned about your house looking like a barn with metal sheet roofing, then you'll be happy to know that metal roofs are shaped like tiles, shingles, and shakes too. They can be stamped with various textures and coated with paint so they look just like a real slate or wood shake roof. The metal sheets and shingles come in a variety of colors too, so you have a lot of options when you choose a metal roof for your home.
Metal Roofs Are Durable
Metal roofs have such long lives because they tolerate all kinds of weather conditions. They withstand strong winds and hail. Large hail may dent the metal, but typical small hail doesn't damage the roof like it does with an asphalt roof. Plus, if you choose a textured metal roof, any dents that do happen blend right in so they aren't noticeable.
Metal roofs tolerate rain and humidity. Roofs made from steel are treated so they won't rust. A metal roof is often the best choice for a home in a snowy area because the snow slides right off metal. Plus, a metal roof is lightweight so the combined weight of snow and the roof is less than it would be with other roofing materials. Metal roofs are resistant to fire. If an ember lands on metal, it doesn't ignite like it might on asphalt or wood.
Metal Roofs Keep Your Home Cooler
Metal roofs are often coated in pigments that reflect UV rays. This helps keep solar heat out of your attic, and this results in a cooler home overall. This doesn't mean you'll have a colder home in the winter because the insulation in your attic holds heat inside your house. You might not have to use your air conditioner as much from spring through late summer and that could help save money on power bills.
When you weigh the benefits of metal against an asphalt roof, you may find metal to be the best choice for your next, and possibly last new roof installation.
Contact a company like Columbia Roofing Inc for more information and assistance.