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Metal Roofing: Your Last Roof

One of the many things to consider when getting a new roof is longevity. The most common roofing material, asphalt shingles, usually require re-roofing after a decade or two. If you live an an area that sees a lot of severe weather, they may need to be replaced even more frequently. Though it’s easily the cheapest roofing option, over time the costs of asphalt shingles can add up.

It’s for this and several other reasons that metal roofing has found a new popularity in recent years. The durability of aluminum and galvanized steel and their resistance to many types of weather mean that it’s not uncommon for a metal roof to have a lifespan of 50 years and beyond. Metal roofing also offers several other benefits, including its affordability over time and energy efficiency benefits for your home. Though it’s not without a few disadvantages, metal roofing is definitely an option to consider if longevity is one of your priorities for your roof.

The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

Starting with the pros, as we’ve mentioned, the lifespan of metal roofing far exceeds asphalt shingles. Case in point, the original tin roof at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home in Virginia, is still there. While you might not get quite that much out of your metal roof, the lifespan of the average metal roof is at least 35 years, depending on the components.

This is in no small part due to metal’s durability. Unlike asphalt shingles, metal roofs are unlikely to get torn up in severe weather, and can even resist hail and fallen limbs. Metal roofs are treated with an anti-rust coating at the factory, and as a non-ferric metal, aluminum in particular is good at avoiding rusting. Aluminum is also the best metal at staving off the corrosive effects of salt, which makes it a good choice for roofing near the ocean.

Metal is also one of the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient roofing options. Metal reflects heat much better than asphalt shingles, which helps keep your home cooler during the summer. In the winter, snow has a hard time sticking to metal, so there’s little chance of it accumulating and causing structural damage. In addition, most of the components of a metal roof are recyclable, making it a sustainable, eco-friendly roofing option.

There are a few caveats. One of the additional costs associated with metal roofing is the cost of grounding the roof to protect against lightning. If you live in an industrial area, pollution can eat away at metal, significantly reducing their lifespans. And of course, they can be loud in the rain. But the long lifespan and efficiency of metal roofing might just make it your last roof ever.

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