Deciding on your next roof can be extremely difficult. That is because it is a decision you will probably have to live with for many years to come. Also, there is a lot of factors to keep in mind when deciding on a roofing material. First there is the cost you have to keep in mind; prices can vary widely from one roofing material to the next. Then there is the question of how long you want your new roof to last. Asphalt shingles might last 20 years but other roofing options can last a lifetime. Then there is the question of maintaining your roof over the years. Finally, you cannot ignore the aesthetic qualities of a roofing choice. Each material has its own distinct look.
Let us look at one roofing material you probably overlooked: metal roofing.
Metal roofing is growing in popularity across the nation. And for good reason. There are a lot of advantages to a metal roof. Here are a few of them
*Longevity. A properly installed metal roof can last up to fifty years, about twice as long as an asphalt shingle roof
*Maintenance free. Metal roofing is the most low maintenance roof you can have installed. Metal is impervious to anything short of golf ball sized hail and tornadoes. A protective coating protects the metal roofing from rust. With a metal roof you don not have to worry about mold or damaged shingles
*Style. Believe it or not metal roofing does not have to be the bland sheets of aluminum you might see on some commercial buildings. Metal roofing can be made to look like wood, slate, or even asphalt shingles. In comes in a variety of colors and styles to complement virtually any home
As you might expect of a roof with so many great advantages, the only real con is the price. Expect to pay a lot more for a metal roof than you would for a traditional asphalt shingle roof. If you can afford a metal roof however, it is a great long term investment because you will be benefiting from it for years to come.
Roofers use different techniques when installing different types of roofs. Just because a roofer has a lot of experience installing asphalt shingle roofs or tile roofs does not mean that roofer has the experience and training to install a metal roof. Make sure you choose the right contractor for the job. Finally, if you belong to a homeowners association, make sure a metal roof is allowed.
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