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Residential Metal Roofing - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

  
  
  
  

coated steel shakes | Metal Roof NetworkSome people hear "metal roofing" and immediately picture an old tin roof on a barn or the long, vertical panels roofing the structures in an industrial park. Well, open your minds, people! Residential metal roofing has come a long way, and there are a dazzling array of styles, materials, colors and finishes available for today's metal roofs. Here's what you need to know when it comes to residential metal roofing:

First, The Good

There are a bevy of benefits inherent to metal roofing - everything from extreme light weight and fantastic durability and resilience to weather-related conditions to eco-friendliness and incredible longevity. Add to that the versatility of this particular roofing material, which comes in more options than any other kind of roofing around (meaning there's a metal roof system to complement just about every kind of architectural style), and it's easy to see why residential metal roofing is a a great option for the home.

Now, The Bad

If there's a downside to metal roofing, it's the cost. Metal roofing, on average, costs anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times that of a mid-range asphalt composition roof. It can be difficult to justify the extra money, particularly during these tough economic times, but here are a few reasons to consider the upgrade:

  • If you're planning on staying in your home over the long-term, you'll spend less on the costlier and permanent metal roof system than you would replacing those shingles every 10-20 years.
  • The likelihood of required service is drastically reduced with metal, while a shingle roof guarantees some sort of maintenance at some point.
  • The right residential metal roof system can actually increase your home's energy efficiency, reducing cooling costs in warm summer months.
  • There are federal tax incentives on certain Energy Star certified residential roof systems, so you can get a break from Uncle Sam too.
And Finally, The Ugly
Keep in mind that like everything, you get what you pay for and if something sounds too good to be true, it very likely is. If you're getting a residential metal roof system at a price that seems too low, beware. Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions about a material's pricing. Likewise, when it comes to the installer side, don't skimp on quality! A badly-installed metal roof will be nothing but a headache down the line. Ask for references and examples of workmanship before choosing an installer.
On another note, there's no accounting for taste, and what some may consider beautiful, others may find downright ugly. Fortunately, metal roofing is available in so many options - tiles, shakes and shingles, diamond shingles, standing and batten seam panels, plus custom profiles, and in various metals like steel, aluminum, copper and more - that there really is a beautiful, permanent metal roof system for any residence. 
Find out more about metal roofing - compare it to shingles and concrete-based roofing with our FREE comparison sheets. Or download our FREE re-roofing booklet, a valuable guide that covers all aspects of the re-roofing process.
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