When selecting a new roof, it’s essential to carefully consider your options. Metal roofs offer numerous advantages over their asphalt counterparts in terms of energy efficiency and return on investment compared to shingles.
Copper roofs cost between $15-30 per square foot and have an estimated lifespan of over 100 years. Rust-proof and naturally patinaed over time, copper roofing adds elegance and character.
Cost of Materials
Metal roofs come in an assortment of materials. Your choice will impact both cost and lifespan; some options include tin, zinc and stainless steel – each offering greater energy-efficiency while saving money over time.
Your location should also play an integral part; for instance, if you live in an area prone to frequent thunderstorms and severe winds, selecting a stronger material would likely be wiser.
Your roof’s underlayment, which prevents leaks and provides additional insulation, will also have an impact on its cost. Felt may be less costly; synthetic options have an estimated lifespan of over 40 years.
Metal panels can be constructed of aluminum or 24 gauge steel. While stainless steel may cost more, its excellent tensile strength helps minimize corrosion risk and weather damage risk. Panels may be painted or left natural with exposed fasteners – concealed fasteners may cost more but have fewer visual repercussions.
Cost of Installation
Cost is often an influential factor when making the decision to switch to metal roofs, and installation varies according to roof type, size, material usage and pitch – steeper roofs require special safety equipment for installation which increases costs significantly more than flat roofs.
Underlayment costs should also be factored into your total estimate; whether felt or synthetic, underlayment helps prevent leaks while providing insulation benefits – up to 65 cents per square foot more if using felt material!
Your roof’s color plays an integral part in its aesthetics. You can match its hue to that of your home’s siding for a uniform appearance or choose contrasted hues for more of an eye-catching aesthetic. Rust and stainless steel hues offer increased corrosion protection; making them suitable for coastal locations.
Lifespan of Roof
Metal roofs often outlive their asphalt counterparts due to their durability. Metal can withstand strong winds and extreme weather conditions like hailstorms that destroy other roofing materials.
Standing seam metal roofs have the potential to outlive their 50 year lifespan when installed correctly and regularly maintained, provided an experienced roofing contractor with knowledge in installing metal roofs is hired as the installation service provider.
Gauge can also play an important role in how long a roof will remain intact, with thinner metals having shorter lifespans and thus being less resilient and durable than their thicker counterparts.
Screw down metal roofs typically last 20 years on average, though their lifespan can be reduced if their panels don’t flex freely when expanding and contracting due to being rigid and inflexible. Walking on such roofs should be avoided for both safety reasons and damage control as even minor weight can crack it and cause cracks to form in its structure; if necessary, take caution with how you manage balance or else accidental damage might result.
Metal roofs have become an increasingly popular eco-friendly building material in recent years, thanks to their energy efficiency, longevity, low maintenance requirements, and ability to reduce electricity bills by reflecting sunlight back onto rooftops and cutting air conditioning costs.
Color plays an essential part in reflecting sunlight away from a roof, sending heat and solar rays up into the atmosphere to be dissipated rather than being trapped within your home. Lighter metal roof colors tend to offer better reflection.
Additionally, properly installed metal roofs can offer some noise insulation benefits to help mitigate the constant air conditioning hum and pitter-patter of raindrops. However, it should be noted that metal roofing options may not be as quiet in areas that experience frequent hailstorms or high wind speeds.