Are residential metal roofs best for Mid-Missouri? (Part 1)
Installing residential metal roofs have many positives as well as many negatives, but is it the right choice for your home? It is easy to overlook important parts of your home and pay more attention to other parts that see more use. Your home’s roof is a perfect example of a massive, costly part of your home that may get neglected. Due to high costs associated with roof repair, many homeowners will contemplate installing metal roofs. The question is whether this is the best choice for your home if you live in Midwest Missouri. So, let’s go over some of the pros and cons.
Residential metal roofing benefits
Metal roofs definitely have their upsides. Among the largest benefits include durability. The durability of metal roofing is undeniable as it is able to endure some of the most extreme elements. It is also relatively low maintenance. This isn’t to say that you will never need to have some type of maintenance on your metal roof, just that the periodic maintenance will not need to be as frequent as with other types of roofing. Some metal roofs are known to be able to withstand wind gust up to 140 miles per hour (State Farm, n.d.). Other environmental factors to keep in mind include lighting and wildfires, all of which metal roofs are able to withstand.
If amazing durability wasn’t enough, metal roofs have amazing sustainability. Metal roofs are able to last about 40-70 years as opposed to the 12-20 years that asphalt roofs may last (State Farm, n.d.). Longevity and durability is just the tip of the iceberg. Metal roofs are much better for the environment than other types of roofs. Metal roofs help save on energy costs by reflecting solar heat. This alone can help reduce cooling costs by 10%-25%. Energy costs however are not the only way that metal roofs are good for the environment. More often than not, metal roofs are made from recycled material. At the end of the roofs lifecycle, it is again able to be recycled. These characteristics make metal roofs incredibly enticing for the practicing environmentalist.
Another added benefit of metal roofing is the installation process. Metal roofing is often far more lightweight than the average roof tile. What this means is that a metal roof can be placed on gently pitched roofs and there will be very low risk of a leak (Vandervort, 2017). Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of having metal roofs comes from not having to worry about leaks from storms and or snow. Because of the way metal roofs are built, the installation is also much simpler than many other types of roofing. Installation in the hands of a trained professional can be done fairly quickly depending on the size and scope of the project.
There are no doubts that metal roofs have some amazing benefits. From durability, longevity and environmental impacts to reduced leaks and installation, metal roofs definitely have their perks. However, they are not always what they are cracked up to be. Metal roofs have some real negatives which will be brought up in part 2 of this article series.
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