If you’re looking to invest in a new roof for your home, you’re probably overwhelmed with options. There are so many roofing systems available that it might seem impossible to figure out which one is just right for your home, your area, and your budget.
Why should I choose a metal roof instead of a shingle roof?
During your search, you’ve probably heard at least a little about metal roofing. While metal roofing often isn’t considered “traditional” for residential use, it’s actually been used in homes for several hundred years. That’s because it’s durable and looks great, too.
Metal roofing lasts for decades longer than shingle roofing because it’s simply made from a more durable material. Metal can withstand strong winds, rain, hail, and other damage because it’s tough!
Plus, a metal roof reflects light and heat rather than absorbing it, which results in a cooler home during the summer months.
Not only will your home be more comfortable, you’ll save on energy costs… and saving on energy costs means being kinder to the planet by consuming less water and fossil fuels.
If you live in a cooler climate, during the winter months, metal roofing naturally repels snow– it’s a smooth surface, which means that snow is less likely to collect on the roof of your home, preventing the added weight and potential damage that shingle roofs can sustain when they’ve gathered a thick layer of snow.
Will a metal roof add a lot of weight to my home?
When you think of asphalt shingles compared to a sheet of metal, you might imagine that the asphalt shingles would be lighter. It makes sense, right?
In fact, asphalt shingles are much heavier than the average metal roof. A metal roof can be just half the weight of a traditional asphalt shingle roof!
Why does the weight of a roof matter?
It might not be immediately obvious why a lightweight roof is a smarter choice for your home. A heavy roof sounds like it would be more solid, and perhaps more durable, right?
In order to understand the benefit of a metal roofing system, it’s important to understand that your home has to support the entire weight of whatever roofing system you choose.
An asphalt roofing system can weigh tens of thousands of pounds, depending on the size of your home. That means quite a bit of added structural pressure on your home. Although homes are built to withstand that kind of weight, every building shifts and weakens as time passes.
In a few decades, your home’s structural support just isn’t going to be the same as it was when it was newly built. And an added 50,000 pounds of roofing to top it off will just exacerbate the problem.
A metal roof has the benefit of being durable and tough enough to withstand whatever weather comes its way– with roughly half of the added weight on your home’s structure.
Is a metal roof right for my home?
Metal roofing is an energy-efficient, planet-friendly, and aesthetically appealing roofing solution. If you’re considering making the switch from a shingle roof to a metal roof, it’s time to give Metal Roof Pros a call. We’d love to help you decide which roofing system will be just right for your home. Give us a call or send us a message today!