As the green movement continues to change, more and more Americans are considering improving energy efficiency when building or buying homes. In addition to lighting, plumbing and HVAC systems, the roofing materials you choose can have a dramatic impact on how you use your energy. In this article, we will discuss many [usually hidden] advantages of residential structural metal roofing.
Homeowners are more concerned about energy use for environmental and economic reasons. Therefore, when they learned that metal roofs can reflect more sunlight and prevent heat from being transferred to the home, they are understandably attracted. How much can you save?
According to experts, a carefully crafted metal roof coated with reflective paint can reduce cooling costs by up to 25% in summer. There are currently tax credits available to assist in the cost of adding these energy efficient roofs to your main home.
Metal roofs can often add value to homes because of their higher installation costs, longer life, and lower energy costs. On average, homeowners can expect an increase in the total value of a building of approximately $1.50 per square foot. So if you own a 2,000 square foot home, if you add a metal roof, the value will increase by $3,500.
As houses with metal tops are less likely to be damaged by fire, inclement weather and many other accidents and incidents, insurers can offer up to a 35% discount on homeowner insurance. Depending on the property and location, you can offer hundreds or even thousands of dollars in discounts per year.
Although they may be very popular, the life of asphalt roofs is not long. Even if they are well maintained, the average asphalt roof will last only 10 to 20 years. In contrast, the metal version has a longer life span of 40 to 70 years. Not to mention that they are usually less maintenance and repair than those covered by asphalt tiles. Because these shingles are designed to wear over time, they are not as durable as any metal system.
Many homeowners mistakenly believe that these special roofs use only one metal. However, the fact is that you can choose at least four different types, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, tin has a service life of 40 to 50 years, and galvanized steel is an economical choice that is not attractive. Because it is not as strong as other metals, aluminum does not last as long, but it does reflect heat better than other metals. Last but not least, copper is widely considered to be the most aesthetically pleasing choice, but it is also the most expensive option.
In addition to superior energy efficiency, metal roofs are more durable and more valuable than asphalt.