Making The Change To A Metal Roof

So you need a new roof. Your first thought may be to have the shingles ripped off and just replaced with new shingles, but there's another option. You could jump on the metal roof bandwagon! You've probably noticed more metal roofs popping up in your neighborhood, but are you ready to take the plunge and be one of those modern homeowners with a roof made from metal? Maybe you are, and maybe you're not. Here are a few things you should know about metal roofs, if you are contemplating getting one.

1. Metal roofs last a lot longer.

For decades, it has been typical for people to replace their roofs approximately every 20 - 30 years. This is how long cedar shakes last, and it's also how long shingle roofs last. Metal, though, is different. You can get at least 50 years out of a metal roof, and in most cases, you can get a lot more than that. Most are made from either aluminum or galvanized steel, so they won't rust like the cheap metal roofs of yesteryear.

2. The claims that metal roofs are noisy are mostly overblown.

This is sadly a reason why some homeowners avoid metal roofs. You may have been in a barn or pole barn with a metal roof in the past and realized how loud it was. The metal roofs used on homes are different, though. Roofing contractors usually install a lot of insulation on the underside of the roof. While the primary purpose of the insulation is to block heat transfer, it blocks noise, too. Homes with modern metal roofs are not usually any louder than homes with shingle roofs. The only exception may be if you have a home with very limited attic space for insulation.

3. Most roofing companies now install metal roofs.

There was a time when it was hard to find a roofing company who worked with metal. That time has passed. The demand for metal roofs has increased dramatically since people really want eco-friendly, long-lasting roofs, and many roofing companies have responded by beginning to offer this option and by training their staff to install metal roofs well. You should have no trouble finding two or three companies, such as The Roof Doctor,  to get quotes from.

So are you ready to make the switch to metal? Once you do, you will join the ranks of many homeowners who understand the great benefits of this material