Four Frequently Asked Questions About Metal Roofs

Posted on: 9 January 2015

Asphalt roofs are seen as the conventional, most common choice in most areas in the United States. However, they are not the only option. Metal roofs are becoming more prominent, thanks to their durability and long lifespan. Since metal roofs are still gaining a foothold as a roofing choice for family homes, many homeowners have questions about them. Here's a look at a few of those common questions – and their answers.

Are metal roofs ugly?

While the answer to this question is certainly a matter of opinion, many people are surprised to find that metal roofs are more attractive than they assumed. Metal roofs can be made to resemble asphalt roofs or cedar shake roofs, and unless you look closely, you probably won't be able to tell the difference. Of course, if you are going for the minimalist, tin roof look, you can find metal roofs with this appearance, too.

Are metal roofs compatible with an eco-friendly home design?

Yes, metal roofs can actually be a more eco-friendly choice than asphalt or wooden roofs. Since they last longer (often up to 50 years) less waste is generated when you choose a metal roof. Many are even made with recycled materials. A metal roof is a great choice if you plan on fitting your home with solar panels, since unlike other roofing types, it will last as long as the solar panels and easily support their weight.

Won't a metal roof get rusty?

Many people steer clear of metal roofs because they've seen rusty roofs on old barns and don't want their house to look like that in 10 years. However, today's metal roofs are well-protected from rust. Most are coated in an aluminum-zinc alloy that resists rusting. Some may need to be re-painted with rust protector every 20 years or so, but compared to the maintenance required for many asphalt and wooden roofs, this is pretty minimal.

How affordable are metal roofs?

Metal roofs are a lot more affordable than most people assume. Since they can be installed directly over asphalt shingles, installation costs are generally low. The cost of a metal roof is generally similar to that of an asphalt roof, but metal roofs are a better value in the long-term because they last much longer. The actual cost of a metal roof will depend on your home's layout and your location. Contact roofing companies in your area, and get estimates for both metal and asphalt roofs. You'll likely be pleasantly surprised by the similarity in prices.

If you're looking for an affordable, durable, low-maintenance roofing option, metal is a logical choice. When your neighbor's asphalt roof is crumbling in 15 years, but your roof is still in perfect shape, you'll be thankful you went the less conventional route.

For more information, contact JAG Roofing or a similar company.