Roughly 750,000 U.S. homeowners have installed a metal roof on their homes since 2015. Its popularity surged due to its energy efficiency, inherent cooling abilities, and flame resistance. Now, it’s the second most popular roofing material in the United States only coming in behind asphalt shingles. Keep reading to decide if you’re ready to commit to the metal roofing trend too.
Metal Roofs are Durable
A lot of homeowners made the switch to metal roofs because they boast an impressive lifespan. Most will hold up for 40-70 years, and they’re often covered under the manufacturer’s warranty for 30-50 years! Your metal roof will stay in shape for years even against strong winds, rain, and flames because it’s difficult for the material to burn and it has rust-proof coatings.
Metal Roofing is Sustainable
Global warming is at the forefront of nearly everyone’s minds these days. The climate is changing, more natural disasters are occurring, and many animals are becoming endangered. Many people are trying to do their part in slowing down climate change by reducing their reliance on fossil fuels.
Traditional asphalt shingles have been a top roofing material choice for generations. Unfortunately, they are also a petroleum product and need to be replaced every 15-20 years. This means they contribute heavily to pollution by releasing nitrogen oxide into the environment and then are left in landfills.
Literally, thousands of pounds of asphalt are left to decompose in landfills– a process that can take 300-400 years to complete. Meanwhile, metal roofs are often made from recycled materials and are 100% recyclable themselves.
Higher Cooling Efficiency & Lower Energy Bills
Metal roofs are reflective so they deflect the sun’s heat rather than absorbing it. This helps people inside the home, stay cool without cranking the AC 24/7. The Metal Roofing Report even reports that a metal roof can reduce your energy bills by 40% and provide insulation during the cool winter months.
Unfortunately, these stylish, designer-favorite roofs also have some cons.
Metal Roofs Can be Expensive
We recognize that all roofs are expensive, especially if you weren’t anticipating a roof replacement in the near future. However, metal roofs are a bit costlier than most. This is because high-quality roofing materials last significantly longer than traditional roofs.
Some Types of Metal Don’t Mix Well With Texas Storms
Metal storms can generally take a lot of damage. They’ll hold up against thunderstorms, heavy snowfall, and gusty winds with no problem. However, hailstorms which are fairly common across Texas could leave behind some unsightly dents. Some metal roofs wouldn’t even be able to withstand someone walking across it to make a repair. That’s why we generally recommend that homeowners select a stronger metal like steel and steer clear of soft metals like aluminum or copper.
Metal Roofs Are Noisy
Asphalt roofs are absorbent. They absorb heat and sound flawlessly. However, hailstones will ping on loudly on a metal roof and you’re more likely to hear animals skittering around. Fortunately, there are remedies to this particular con. Our Houston roofing specialists can add more layers of sheathing and insulation beneath the metal panels to reduce intrusive sounds.
Metal Roofing is Customizable
Metal roofs have come a long way over the years. Now, you have your choice of metals, colors, finishes, and shapes. Popular metal roofing materials also hold paint finishes well so if sometime over the next 70 years you decide you want a change of page, you can switch up the color with ease.
Houston Roofing Experts
CK Roofing TX is your one-stop-shop for residential and commercial roofing services. Our experienced team of roofers is equipped with the latest equipment and held to the highest safety and quality standards around. That’s why people around Houston trust CK Roofing to do their new roof installations, roof upgrades, roof repairs, and more. Contact us today to get your competitively priced roof repair quote!