Picking the right kind of roof is a big decision for homeowners in Ohio and around the country because a new roof costs thousands of dollars and will be on the house for decades. Asphalt may seem like the obvious answer because it is common and cheap, tile roofs are tempting to those living in hotter areas, but the best option for style, money, and comfort is a metal roof.
Metal roofing is the environmental roofing solution. The roof itself contains 28 percent to 100 percent recycled material, depending on the manufacturer. Once the roof reaches the end of its lifetime it is recycled, meaning nothing goes into the landfill. Metal roofs support solar panels and collect rainwater, helping to lower the homeowner’s environmental impact and increase self-sustenance.
2. Cost Effective
The initial cost of a metal roof is generally a bit more than that of an asphalt roof. However, metal roofs require little to no maintenance when properly installed, which will save the homeowner thousands of dollars in repairs over the years. If homeowners takes advantage of the solar panels and rainwater upgrades, they will see significant savings in their energy and water bills. Metal roofs also actively cool the house due to their solar reflexivity. The roof reflects heat from the sun rather than absorbing it like asphalt roofs. This cools the house instead of heating it and making the air conditioning unit work harder. Homeowners see as much as 20 percent savings in their energy bills.
3. Life Cycle
Asphalt roofs last, at most, 30 years. In real-life scenarios, they usually last half that estimate. Metal roofs last two to three times longer than asphalt roofs, which puts the lifespan at more than 60 years, though most are warrantied for 50 years. Homeowners with metal roofs won’t have to pay for repairs or maintenance for 50 years. Metal roofs are also fire- and pest-resistant. A metal roof means a longer lasting roof, and a longer lasting house. It also won’t get beat up in the weather. Snow, hail, and natural debris won’t damage a metal roof.
Metal roofs are incredibly adaptable and they come in a variety of colors. They are pressed to match the style of the old roof. The seamed style looks great on homes with modern designs, and metal roofs are available in textures that imitate slate or asphalt roofs. There is no reason a metal roof wouldn’t look great on any home in the Buckeye state!