If you’re in the market for a roof replacement, it’s understandable to go with the cheapest option. However, cheap roofing materials like asphalt don’t last as long as more durable building materials. In addition, asphalt roofs tend to get dirty, foster bacterial growth, and need replacement more often.
Investing in a metal roof installation means a longer roof lifespan. You’re investing in your home’s appearance, attractiveness to future buyers, and curb appeal. The right metal roof will preserve the beauty of your home and keep it looking as new as the day you bought it.
Bacteria and Asphalt Shingles
Have you ever noticed a dirty, streak-like pattern on your roof or another house? That’s not mold, water damage, or normal dirt. That’s roof algae.
These black or brown streaks don’t just make a house look unattractive. Microscopic bacteria known as Gloeocapsa magma causes these marks, also known as “blue-green algae.” Many homeowners mistake these streaks as mold, tree sap, or mildew. The dark stains are not the algae itself, but a hard coating that the bacteria grow to protect itself from the sun’s rays.
These bacteria grow on composition shingles, including asphalt shingles. This happens because of moisture, but also because of the fillers that modern manufacturers are putting into roofing material. Roof algae isn’t an issue for metal roofs though.
When prospective buyers see these streaks on your roof’s surface, they assume that your home is damaged, old, or unclean. This can either turn the buyers away from your property, or it can create an easy opportunity for them to bargain for a lower price on your home. In contrast, homes with metal roofs typically get higher offers from prospective buyers since they are longer-lasting and need little maintenance.
Metal Roof Durability
Metal roofs can last anywhere from 30 to 60 years. They require little maintenance and upkeep. They will not cave due to normal weather conditions, like hail, rain, snow, and heavy winds. With a high-quality exterior roof coating, the color of a metal roof won’t fade as easily as asphalt roof coloring does. This keeps your home looking new and attractive for decades.
Metal Roof Aesthetics
Metal roofs are customizable in style, design, and color. A seasoned metal roofing professional like the ones at Erie Metal Roofs can help you pick the best roof design that fits your dream home design. We offer design options in Spanish tile, traditional shingles, and rustic wood shake. Just like the rest of the roof, the design will last for decades with minimal touch-ups. If your home looks beautiful for decades, you will feel proud of your home and your property value will increase.
Want to install a long-lasting, beautiful roof for your home? Erie Metal Roofs provides top-quality metal roofing services to residents of Ohio, New York, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Iowa. Contact us today to learn more about our pricing and design options.