4 Types of Metal Roofs

4 Types of Metal Roofs

A metal roof is a great choice for any home. Metal roofs feature exceptionally long life spans — many over 50 years — and their durability and minimal maintenance have made them a consumer favorite for decades. With added features like cool roof coatings that make metal roofs energy efficient, today’s metal roofs are more popular than ever. 

If you’ve decided a metal roof is right for your home, the biggest decision you’ll have to make is what type of metal roof is right for your home. To help you decide, here are the pros and cons of four of the most common types of metal roofs: 

#1 Aluminum

There’s no doubt that aluminum is the favorite type of metal roof on the market today. Aluminum is durable, lightweight, and naturally corrosion-resistant, which makes it ideal for nearly any home. Today’s aluminum roofing materials come pre-painted. You can choose from a full range of available options from the manufacturer, and the metal comes to your roofer ready-to-install. 

Aluminum is a relatively easy material to manufacture, and since most roofing aluminum is made from recycled, post-consumer products, it’s also a type of metal roof you can feel good about. This flexible metal is also available in nearly any shape or profile you prefer, from aluminum shakes or shingles to a traditional standing-seam metal roof. 

The biggest drawback of an aluminum metal roof is the cost. Though it’s nowhere near as expensive as copper or zinc, the average aluminum roof does cost more than a traditional asphalt roof. If you balance that with an aluminum roof’s longer lifespan, however, the upfront costs often outweigh the overall cost of the roof. 

#2 Copper 

If you’re going for a bold, beautiful look, you can’t beat a classic copper metal roof. This type of metal roof has been around for centuries. Copper is praised for its natural beauty and the attractive blue-green patina it forms when left exposed to the elements. Copper is an exceptionally durable roofing material, but it has its drawbacks. 

The biggest concern with a copper roof is typically cost. A full copper roof can be very expensive, so many homeowners opt for just a flash of copper roofing on a porch or on a roofing accent like a dormer. Copper also has a tendency to streak and stain other materials as water runs off of it, so it’s good to consider carefully where you’d like to install copper roofing on your home. 

#3 Zinc

Zinc is another long-lasting type of metal roof. Like copper, zinc will patina over time, which makes it more durable and ensures it will not rust. Zinc has a very low melting point, making it easy to manufacture with much less energy than other materials. If you’re looking for a green roofing choice, energy efficiency matters, as does the fact that zinc is 100% recyclable. Since zinc doesn’t need to be coated like aluminum, there’s nothing altering the original material. If you needed to reroof (though it would take decades) you could recycle the old roofing materials entirely. 

With all of those benefits, it’s easy to see why zinc is a popular type of metal roof, though it does have a few cons. Like copper, zinc is very expensive to install. You’d need a specialized roofing crew, and the material itself is costly. Zinc is also a softer metal, so it doesn’t hold up as well to hail as some other options might. 

#4 Steel

Steel roofing has long been used for commercial roofs, but is now becoming a popular type of metal roof for homeowners as well. Steel is an alloy, which means it’s composed of iron and other elements. As you might expect, steel, which is used for other heavy-duty aspects of construction, is exceptionally durable. It’s also the least expensive metal roofing material on this list. Made from recycled material, steel is a great option for many. The biggest problem with steel is that it rusts. To combat that, steel roofing materials are manufactured in three different ways:

  • Galvanized Steel Roofing – The most common type of steel roofing, galvanized steel uses a layer of zinc to protect an inner layer of steel from corroding. 
  • Galvalume Steel Roofing – Instead of using a zinc coating, galvalume steel uses a combination of aluminum and zinc to protect the inner steel layer of roofing. The aluminum offers better corrosion protection, and makes for a more uniform appearance on the final product. 
  • Weathering Steel Roofing – The least commonly used steel roofing material, weathering steel is composed of two layers of steel. The outer layer is designed to rust, protecting the inner layer. Since this type of metal roof is designed to rust, it’s usually only used as an accent piece, to add a bit of character to a home. 

From aluminum to copper, zinc, and steel, there’s a wide variety of types of metal roofs. Choosing the right metal roof for you will depend on the look you’re going for, as well as your environment, and your budget. If you’ve made your decision and are ready to install your new metal roof, we’d love to help! Werner Roofing proudly installs Sheffield Metal standing seam roofs. Contact us by phone at 616-844-5382, or request a free, no-obligation quote online today. 

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Are Skylights Energy Efficient?

Are Skylights Energy Efficient?

A common misconception is that skylights can hurt your home’s energy efficiency by trapping heat during the summer or letting in more cold air during the winter. The truth is, if properly installed, skylights can help you save serious money on energy bills, including heating, cooling, and lighting.

Are Skylights Energy Efficient?

In addition to improving the appearance and quality of light in your home, skylights are energy efficient year-round. They can help to light and heat your home during the colder months, as well as keep it cool during the warm days of the year. In order to reap these benefits, you must choose your windows carefully and install them properly.

Complaints with skylights usually arise from improper installation or window selection. If you choose the wrong type of window for the area you’re installing it in, you may not be happy with the results. For example, choosing a window with a high solar heat gain will keep you warm in the winter, but could trap in heat during the summer. Thoughtfully placing skylights on your home will help you avoid this problem and keep you comfortable year-round. 

Also, if the window is not installed properly, it might have air or water leakage that could cause damage and discomfort. This issue could be resolved with expert help. If you aren’t sure you can do it yourself, it’s always better to work with professionals. They can help you plan which skylights to choose and where to place them, as well as install them perfectly to provide you with a beautiful and valuable energy-saving solution.

 

How are Skylights Energy Efficient?

If chosen and installed properly, skylights can be an excellent and efficient addition to your home. Here’s how it works: 

Energy Efficient Skylights 

The specific skylights you choose matter. If your skylights are energy efficient, they will have a low U factor. The U factor is how window performance is measured in terms of transmitting non-solar heat energy. A lower U factor means the window is more energy efficient. You can find your window’s U factor in the energy efficiency rating. 

You’ll also want to look at the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) which will tell you how it transmits solar energy and converts it to heat. If you want your window to transfer more heat into your home, during the winter, for example, you’ll choose a window with a high SHGC rating. Conversely, if you want a window with a better shading ability, you’ll opt for a lower SHGC. Whatever skylight you choose should have minimal air leakage and be able to transmit the right amount of visible light for your space. 

Proper Skylight Installation

The skylight installation process can determine if your skylights are energy efficient or detracting from your home’s energy savings. It involves careful planning and many layers of sealing to create a moisture barrier to make the skylight as effective as possible.

After locating the ideal location for your new skylight, the installer will create and frame the opening. If the ceiling is not sloped with the roof, they can install a light shaft that will pass through an attic space to the roof. Then, they will place an underlayment which goes beneath the shingles to make sure water moves away from the window properly. 

Depending on the skylight type and brand, the installer will place about three phases of flashing, one around the bottom, step flashing around the sides, and solid flashing over the top, attached to the skylight to create a water-tight seal. Different types of skylights will have different mounts and are suitable for various types of roofs. Your skylight supplier will be able to help determine which type is right for your home.

Choosing the Right Skylight

Energy efficient skylights come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Tubular skylights are particularly efficient, but they’re not as common as traditional flat skylights. 

Tubular vs. Flat Skylights

Tubular skylights have a domed window at the top to capture light from various angles throughout the day. They are especially efficient because they capture maximum sunlight with minimal heat gain or loss, but they don’t have the usual look. Flat skylights offer the traditional experience of being able to see the open sky above, and can still be very energy efficient. Adjusting these characteristics will maximize the energy efficient abilities of flat skylights:

Skylight Size

Flat skylights should be about five percent of the size of the floor area of the room they’re located in, especially if the room has other windows. This way they will maximize light transmittance without creating an overwhelming glare.

Location of Skylight

In warm climates, skylights should be placed on north-facing roof slopes, while in cold climates, south-facing slopes will capture the most possible sunlight. In areas that experience both warm and cold temperatures, consider locating skylights on east-facing slopes. Here, the morning sun will provide some heat and the skylight will be shaded from the most intense afternoon rays. Putting a skylight under the shade of deciduous trees will also help limit summer heat gain.

 

Skylight Slope

Your skylight should be tilted to the angle of your latitude plus ten degrees. This enables the skylight to capture the most sunlight and heat in the cooler months and deflect the high summer sun.

Skylight Material & Ventilation

Energy efficient skylights should be double-pane, with a low U-factor. You might consider coatings on the window to limit heat gain, but remember that heat gain can be energy-saving during the winter. 

Adding ventilation capabilities to your skylight can improve indoor air quality and reduce the possibility of mold. Ventilating skylights are energy efficient in kitchens and bathrooms. Some skylights have built-in sensors that close when they detect rain or moisture on the outside.

Professional Skylight Installation

Once you’ve chosen skylights that are energy efficient, it’s important to install them correctly to capitalize on their benefits. The best way to do this is to work with professional installers. Not only can you rely on them to help you choose the best skylights that are energy efficient for your home, but they will make sure they are water-tight and working perfectly for you.

Whether you’re worried about how skylights affect your energy efficiency, or you’re ready to get a few skylights installed, talk to the Werner Roofing team. We proudly install Velux Skylights, and we’d be happy to help you decide whether skylights are the right option for your home or not. Reach out to us online to get started.

Metal Roofs and Hail: What You Need to Know

Metal Roofs and Hail: What You Need to Know

Metal roofs and hail get along better than you might expect. Metal roofs can handle hail extremely well, even better than most other roof types. Even in extreme weather situations, damage to a metal roof will take the form of small dents, but not puncture, break or tear the roof.

Hail damage to a roof is usually not the hail itself, but the water that can seep through a roof damaged by hail. If there’s a crack in the roof, water can flow through it and cause serious damage to home interiors and trigger long term problems like mold and rot.

All roofing types, including shingles, tiles, and shakes can be damaged by hail, but metal roofs are highly resistant to damage. Hail damage to a metal roof, if it occurs, will very likely be small cosmetic dents and not cause structural problems, puncture the metal or compromise its integrity.

 

Factors That Affect Possible Hail Damage

If there is a hail storm in your area, certain factors can determine how damage to a metal roof is deflected or weathered.

 

Strength of Storms

The strength of the storm will determine the size of the hail that can form. Most storms produce hail that is less than two inches in diameter. Metal roofs are routinely tested in technical development to handle this size of impact. If you live in a region where more extreme hail is common you may need to consider a metal roof that has ribs or striations to deflect hail blows. 

 

Slope of Metal Roof

Similar to how hail damage appears on an exposed car, most of the dents occur where the surface is nearly flat. On a metal roof, the steeper the slope, the less force hail can exert directly on the surface and the less likely it will dent.

 

Structural Support of Metal Roof

If your metal roof has a sturdy support that limits how much the metal can flex, dents are less likely to form. Conversely, if the roof is supported by a structure but open underneath, the metal can be pushed by the hail and may dent more easily.

Other factors that can determine the amount of hail damage a roof receives are the thickness of the metal, the panels’ structure, and the paint finish. Most damages will be cosmetic damages, like dents or scratches. Your insurance may provide coverage for cosmetic repairs.

 

Insurance Claims for Metal Roofs and Hail Damage

Insurance companies often favor homes that have metal roofs, offering reduced rates because they give better protection against hail than other roof types. If your roof has received hail damage or you want to prepare in case it does, take a close look at your insurance plan to see what it covers.

There are differences in all policies, but most will include sections on wind and hail damage. Some policies will only cover structural failure and not cosmetic damage that doesn’t cause the roof to fail. Other policies may offer a cash value if you need to replace your roof that depreciates over time. Read the fine print of your policy so you know if you’re covered if damage occurs, or if you need to make changes to your insurance coverage.

 

Hail Damage Waiver

You may have been asked if you want to sign a waiver for wind and hail damage. By not signing the waiver, your policy should protect your roof both structurally and cosmetically. If you waive these potential damages you could save a little on your premium, but you lose the guarantee that your roof is protected. Your decision depends on a few factors. 

Location

Is hail a common occurrence where you live? If you want your roof to continue looking like new despite the threat of hail in your area, consider not signing the waiver.

Structure

Is the construction of your roof one that would deter or hide dents? For example, does it have a steep slope and is it made of a thick and ribbed metal? If so, you wouldn’t need to worry about dents except in extreme situations, and you might want to sign the waiver to save some money.

Value

If your metal roof is large and expensive, it’s worth paying to protect it. Not signing the waiver will protect your investment and maintain your home’s value.

 

Filing Insurance Claims for Metal Roofs and Hail Damage

How to file an insurance claim for your metal roof with hail damage:

  • Contact your insurance company as soon as you notice damage to your roof. 
  • Consult a trusted contractor to meet with you and the insurance adjuster to evaluate the damage. The contractor can provide valuable insight into estimating repair costs and follow through to make sure any repairs or potential replacement match the original in strength and appearance. 
  • Reach out to your metal roof supplier to make sure they will work with your insurance company and supply the necessary materials.
  • Find a contractor and roofing company you trust to carry out the repairs. You don’t have to use the suggestions of your insurance company. A company that you hire will be more likely to do a better job because they are looking to satisfy you as the customer and not your insurance company.

Has your metal roof undergone some hail damage? Talk to the Werner Roofing team. We regularly install and repair metal roofs and hail damage, and we’d be happy to take a look to see how we could repair yours. Reach out online or give us a call at 616-844-5382.

Metal vs. Asphalt Roofs: Which Is Right for Me?

Metal vs. Asphalt Roofs: Which Is Right for Me?

If you’re considering replacing your roof, you might be asking yourself “What are the real differences between metal vs. asphalt roofs?” or “How do I know which is better for me?” as well as “Do I have to do this again in 10 years?” We’ve got the answers to your questions and more that you hadn’t even thought to ask.

The Rundown: Metal vs. Asphalt Roofs

To give you a basic idea of the metal vs. asphalt roofs breakdown, asphalt roofs are the most popular choice for a few reasons: they’re cheaper, provide relatively good protection and come in a variety of styles that match every home type. Asphalt is not as durable as other roofing options, so it requires slightly more maintenance and replacing after a certain period of time. 

Metal roofs, on the other hand, last much longer. They provide exceptional protection for your home and are also available in many colors. However, they don’t have the traditional shingled look and instead add a much more unique element to your home’s appearance. Metal roofs are generally more expensive than asphalt, but they require much less maintenance, so they could actually save you money down the road.

Metal Roofs

As we said, metal roofs are favored because of their durability and specialized style. Let’s take a closer look at the advantages and drawbacks of metal vs. asphalt roofs.

Advantages of a Metal Roof

Metal roofs are built to last. The material is strong and resistant to damage. They require very little work to maintain and don’t require replacing until 40-70 years after installation — that’s two or three times longer than the average lifetime of an asphalt roof. 

Metal roofs are also very lightweight. This makes them easier to ship and install, and puts less stress on your home’s structure. Not only will your roof last longer, your house will benefit from a metal roof, too.

The biggest advantage of a metal roof is its energy efficiency. Metal naturally reflects most of the sun’s rays instead of absorbing them like asphalt. It keeps your home much cooler in the summer and saves you money on your energy bills. Additionally, metal roofs can be made from recycled materials, so they don’t contribute to the consumption of oil and petroleum like asphalt. When the roof does eventually need to be replaced, the metal can be 100%  recycled.

Metal roofs are available in a wide variety of colors. If metal is the look you choose for your home, there’s a shade out there that will fit it perfectly.  

Disadvantages of a Metal Roof

Because of the higher cost of materials and skilled labor to install them, metal roofs require a larger investment up front. If you want a high-quality metal roof that will allow you reap the energy-saving benefits, it’s important to hire a certified installer who is qualified and comfortable using metal as a roofing material. If you can handle the initial investment, your metal roof will last you a long time and require minimal maintenance. If you plan on being in your home for a long time, a metal roof will save you money over time.

Metal roofs are visually unique. They have a specific look that might not work with every home’s design, and it’s not always desirable to stand out in your neighborhood. Look at other homes in your area for reference to determine what roofs are the most attractive and provide the highest return on investment. 

Sometimes, metal roofs can be noisier than asphalt roofs, in that you can hear heavy rain or hail hitting the surface. While some enjoy the sound of the rain on a metal roof, many would prefer to be shielded from the elements audibly as well as physically. Don’t let this deter you, qualified roofers can find solutions to insulate the roof and minimize noise. 

Asphalt Roofs

Asphalt is a popular roofing choice because of its low cost and aesthetic options. Let’s see what other reasons there might be behind choosing asphalt vs. a metal roof.

Advantages of an Asphalt Roof

Asphalt shingles are much cheaper up front, both in materials and installation cost. For the price, they offer moderate protection and can last from 10-15 years. Many think that this length of time for the price point makes asphalt the best value — particularly if they don’t plan on staying in their home forever and can delay the replacement for a new owner. 

Asphalt is an economic material and, thanks to advances in shingle design, can be very attractive. Asphalt shingles are highly customizable with endless combinations of colors and textures. Architectural shingles are a more expensive option that offer more dimension through additional layers. An asphalt roof will blend well with other homes in your area and can be made to match any home’s desired look and design.

During the winter, asphalt is naturally insulating, and will help retain your home’s heat. It absorbs the sun’s rays and could save you money on your heating bill.

Disadvantages of an Asphalt Roof 

Just like an asphalt driveway or parking lot, an asphalt roof can get very hot and cause your home to heat up as well. This means you could spend more on your monthly energy bills for air conditioning, though most quality asphalt roofing products these days offer cool roofing options to mitigate that factor. 

Asphalt also doesn’t handle temperature fluctuations well. Too many quick changes in air temperature can cause it to crack. UV rays from the sun can also cause damage to asphalt shingles, meaning your roof will need continual maintenance year after year, especially if you live in a place with a variable climate. 

Asphalt roofs usually need to be completely replaced after a decade or so. If your roof is in need of repair it can lower your resale value. Having a more durable roof is more attractive to buyers and could increase your return on investment.

Asphalt is also not an eco-friendly roofing option. Asphalt is made from petroleum which is a refined form of crude oil. Its cost depends on the fluctuations of the oil market, which is not kind to our environment.  It’s also difficult to dispose of when individual shingles or an entire roof need to be replaced. As most of its elements cannot be reused or recycled, they end up in landfills. 

Metal vs. Asphalt Roofs: Which is better for my home?

When weighing the difference between metal vs. asphalt roofs, you’ll want to consider things like cost, durability, and customization. Your roof has to work for you, but also complement your home’s style. Asphalt roofs are probably the most common choice in your neighborhood, because of their low cost. If you choose to use asphalt shingles, your home will blend in with the rest on your street. If you install a metal roof, your home might stand out. You can also watch your neighbors replace their roofs while yours stands strong, as metal roofs are much more durable than asphalt. 

It’s up to you if you’d rather choose the popular asphalt or unique metal look. Whether you’ve decided on a metal or asphalt shingle roof, Werner Roofing is at your service for the installation. We proudly install both GAF asphalt shingle roofs and Sheffield Metals standing seam roofs. No matter what you love most, we’re here to help. Get in touch with us today to talk about roofing options for your home.

5 Benefits of a Sheffield Metals Roof

5 Benefits of a Sheffield Metals Roof

Roofing technology is advancing quickly. At the forefront of that change is a company called Sheffield Metals, which is transforming the way we think about metal roofs and their stylistically unique and environmentally friendly applications to the future of roofing. Here are five reasons you should choose a Sheffield Metals roof:

 

Colorful and Customizable

You already know that a metal roof on your home can achieve a very unique look. Sheffield Metals offer the advantage of being highly customizable, meaning your home will definitely stand out — in practically any color under the sun. Sheffield Metals offers an online visualizer tool where you can experiment with different colors and styles using a photo of your home. When you’ve selected your perfect shade, installation is simple, due to the lightweight material. You can start enjoying your future custom metal roof right away. 

 

Extremely Durable

Metal roofs built with Sheffield Metals can last from 40-70 years, compared to the lifespan of an asphalt roof, which will need replacing in about 12-20 years. Metal roofs also require fewer repairs. With asphalt roofing, every time a stiff wind blows you may need to repair or replace loose shingles. Metal roofs stand up to high winds and inclement weather, including hail. Even if the metal is dented, it won’t sacrifice its integrity, meaning it will continue to protect you and your family from the elements. 

 

Protective and Safe

Metal is much safer than other materials due to its inherent wind resistant properties. Able to hold up under extreme weather, a Sheffield Metals roof won’t crack or develop holes, even after damage like a falling tree. Additionally, the metal surface is non-combustible, so there is no concern of your roof catching fire. Despite its heavy defenses, the roof is lightweight and will not add stress to your home’s structure.

 

Energy Efficient

Sheffield’s exclusive COOLR technology works by reflecting solar heat, sending it away from your home on hot summer days and saving you an average of 10-15 percent on your air conditioning bill. Asphalt is useful for keeping a home warm in the winter, but does not help to cool it down. It instead absorbs heat from the sunlight and makes it more difficult and expensive to keep cool.

 

Environmentally Responsible

In addition to the energy-saving qualities of a metal roof, Sheffield Metal roofs are made from mostly recycled materials, so you can feel good about helping reduce asphalt waste in landfills while you reap the benefits of your eco-friendly choice. When your roof does eventually need to be replaced, it can be 100 percent recycled.

 

Sheffield Metals is ahead of the competition when it comes to durability, affordability, variety of color options, and earth-conscious technology. Ready to install? Find a roofer that specializes in Sheffield Metals roofs that can help you pick out the right color and style metal that works best for your home. 

If you want to make a smart choice that’s good for your home and your community, reach out to Werner Roofing, proud installers of Sheffield Metals roofs. No matter what style or kind of metal roof you’re looking for, we’re happy to help make it happen.

Everything You Need to Know About Metal Roofs

Everything You Need to Know About Metal Roofs

Metal roofing is a rising trend for homeowners across America. If you’ve been driving around noticing a lot of bright, clean metal roofs on your favorite farmhouses, you might be wondering what the deal is.    Whether you’re building a new home and haven’t yet decided what roof is best for your design, or it’s time for a new roof and you want to explore all of your options before you make a decision, we’re here to give you a rundown on all things metal roof. Let’s start by looking at why metal roofs have become so popular lately:

Why Are Metal Roofs So Popular?

Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular for homeowners throughout the MidWest, and even throughout the country. But what’s the big deal?

Beautiful Aesthetics

In the old days, metal roofing didn’t have a great reputation. Often, it would stain or rust, making a home seem unkempt and old. These days, following major advances in construction and building materials, metal roofs are now available in a full spectrum of colors, and can even be designed to imitate the look of traditional asphalt or ceramic shingles. Best of all, they no longer rust or stain over time, thanks to new protective metal coatings. 

Environmentally Friendly

Today’s homeowners are conscious of the environment. You appreciate energy-efficient appliances and home features and are always looking for ways to minimize your carbon footprint. Metal roofs are typically made from a combination of metals — like aluminum, stainless steel, copper, and tin — most of which are recycled, and all of which are recyclable. Choosing a metal roof means choosing a recyclable, environmentally-friendly roof. 

Energy Efficient

On average, a new metal roof can save you anywhere between 10-25% on your energy bills. Instead of absorbing the sun’s rays, which asphalt shingles do, metal roofs reflect those rays, directing their heat away from your roof and your home. As a result, metal roofs can be as much as 100° cooler on the surface than asphalt roofs. 

Exceptionally Durable

Metal roofing is one of the most durable, long-lasting roofing materials on the market today. When you invest in a metal roof, you can expect a lifespan of anywhere from 40-70 years. Best of all, metal roofs require very little maintenance. While you might choose to have your roof re-coated to protect it from UV rays every few years, that’s essentially the full extent of metal roofing maintenance. Since most metal roofs are installed in sheets, there are no shingles to curl or fall off. 

Perfect For Winter

As you might expect, metal roofs are fairly slippery. This allows precipitation, especially snow, to slide right off, rather than build up. For homes here in snowy Michigan, that’s a big deal. When snow can slide right off your West Michigan metal roof, you don’t have to worry as much about ice dams or heavy snow building up and adding extra weight onto the structure of your home. 

Easily Installed On Top of Existing Roof

Another benefit of metal roofs that’s often forgotten is that they can be installed over existing asphalt roofs. Since metal roofing materials are so light, it’s not always necessary to tear off the existing roof before your roofers put up the new metal roof. This can save you money and quite a lot of time on your re-roofing project. 

Are There Any Downsides to Metal Roofs?

So, we’ve talked about all of the pros of metal roofing, but are there any cons? What reasons might a homeowner have for not choosing a metal roof?

Cost

The upfront cost of a metal roof is the number one reason a homeowner might choose not to install one. A metal roof is much more expensive to install for two reasons: 1) the materials are of a higher quality than asphalt and thus, cost more, and 2) not every roofer knows how to professionally install a metal roof, which means you typically end up paying a bit more for labor, too.    That said, the overall lifespan and energy savings that a metal roof can provide will offset that additional upfront cost over the life of the roof. You won’t have to worry about routine maintenance like shingles falling off or curling as they age, and there’s the added benefit that a metal roof tends to have two to three times the lifespan of an asphalt roof. Essentially, you’re weighing the cost of installing one new metal roof against the cost of installing and maintaining two asphalt roofs. 

Personal Preference

When it comes down to it, some homeowners just don’t like the look of metal roofing. While we’re getting to the point now that some metal roofs (made to look like shingles) are nearly identical to asphalt roofs, some people just aren’t a fan of a metal roof’s reflectivity. And it’s your house, so the choice between an asphalt roof and a metal roof is always yours. 

What Else Should I Know About Metal Roofs?

Since this is the guide to “everything you need to know about metal roofs”, we’ve got a little bit more information for you. While we’ve covered the typical maintenance, cost, and lifespan of a metal roof, along with the pros and cons of installing one, you might be interested to learn a little bit more about metal roofs. 

The Different Types of Metal Roofs

Did you know that there’s more than just standard sheet metal roofs? There are also metal roofs made to look like slate, made to look like asphalt shingles, and even high-end metal roofing options made from luxury materials like copper and stainless steel. If you’d like to see some of those unique styles of metal roofing, be sure to check out our blog 5 Awesome Metal Roofing Styles You Haven’t Seen Before.

Metal Roofs and Cool Roofing Solutions

We’ve talked a little about the energy efficiency of metal roofs, but there are measures you can take to increase a metal roof’s natural energy efficiency. It’s called cool roof paint, or a cool roof coating, and it can save you a lot of money on your air conditioning bill while helping you reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. For more information about cool roofing, check out What’s Up With Cool Roof Paint?.

Metal Roof Myths

If you’ve been considering a metal roof, but are hearing a lot of scary stories about living with a metal roof, you might want to read 8 Metal Roof Myths Debunked. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about metal roofs, and if it’s an option you’re seriously considering for your home, it’s best to have all the facts.    Have more questions about metal roofing? Talk to Werner Roofing. We’re a trusted, local West Michigan roofer specializing in standing seam metal roofs, and we’d be happy to help answer any questions you might have. Give us a call at 616-844-5382, leave us a message online, or, if you’re interested in seeing what the cost of a metal roof might look like for your home, submit your request for a free roofing estimate online today! 

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