It might be that time of the year. You’ve been putting off replacing your roof but winter is coming up soon and you want to get it out of the way. But there’s a couple complications like what kind of roof should you get, what’s cost-effective, what will last longer? Although asphalt shingles are a common roofing material, readily available wherever and cheap, have you ever stopped to consider metal? When it comes to roofing types, the cost is heavily based upon the benefits it provides and how long it lasts. Although the price tag on metal roofing may be off putting for many, there are more than enough reasons as to why metal should be the only option you choose!
Why are Metal Roofs so Expensive?
Before we can explore the many benefits of metal roofs and entice your next replacement to be all-metal, first we should dig deeper into the costliness of purchasing and installing a metal roof.
It may seem odd, but metal roofs actually cost as much as 20% less per square than asphalt shingles. So why are they more expensive? Well, don’t forget, metal roofs require more accessories such as screws, flashing and ridge caps. Accessories included, the price of metal roofing will go up. In addition, metal roofing installation requires special training, knowledge, tools and equipment. Installation costs are also immensely impacted by the complexity of the roof; things like slop and rooflines play a role in the installation cost
Putting costs aside, metal roofing is one of the most energy efficient roofing materials available and can lower your air conditioning costs by as much as 40%. Say goodbye to those hot, sticky indoor summers and hello to a cool, refreshing home no matter how hot your climate gets! To add on, it is an extremely effective insulator during the winter.
Asphalt shingles on the other hand, absorb the sun’s heat through the roof and into your home, making your cooling system work harder. Not only will your home feel warm and uncomfortable in the summer, but your air conditioning costs will skyrocket.
At first glance, asphalt shingle roofs may seem like the best option. For example, for the low cost of $9,000 you can snatch up a roughly 1,600-sq ft roof whereas a metal roof ranges anywhere from $10,000-$14,000. This is where life span comes into play. An asphalt shingle roof, at best, will last 25 years before needing a replacement. Whereas, metal roofs have a lifespan of exactly double that(50 years plus not including unforeseen accidents). In this case, you save yourself installation and removal of several roofs in exchange for a one time payment on a lifetime roof. From an investment standpoint, it only makes sense to put down the money for a metal roof and be worry free about replacements.
Metal roofs are sustainable enough on their own that they don’t require much human interference aside from the occasional removal of debris, leaves and branches. To properly maintain a metal roof, a simple window washing brush placed onto an extended pole will minimize damage while also providing a safe clean. Other ways to maintain cleanliness and reduce clutter is to keep gutters clear and trim any close by trees to prevent any scuffing damage on the house.