When it comes to Durham Metal Roofers, the implementation of metal roofs in the housing industry is nothing new; however, metal roofs have come a long ways since the 50s and 60s during which metal roofs were thought of as dull metallic coverings used mostly in commercial and industrial buildings. Today metal roofs are quite stylish and come in various flavors. Their functionality just as their style has much improved.
However, many Durham homeowners wonder whether they will see a return on this otherwise costly investment. The main question is whether the energy savings and durability of the metal roof will eventually pay for the upfront cost.
To answer this question, let’s clarify some of the misconceptions surrounding the installation of metal roofs, then explain under which conditions the full benefits of metal roofing are realized.
Analyzing Various Benefits of Metal Roofs
No one can dispute the benefits associated with metal roofs, but they should look at these benefits in comparison with other types of roofs and consider the environment where one lives as well as the duration one intends to stay in the same Durham home.
Durham Metal roofers offer lots of benefits such as light weight, energy efficiency, various designs, and durability. Another advantage of metal roofs is that they can be laid on top of an existing roof without the need to remove said roof, which may lower labor costs. Let’s look at some of these benefits in more detail.
Metal Roof coating’s can reflect the sun rays and thus keep the house cooler during the Summer. This Thermal efficiency can assist homeowners with lowering electricity bill. In many warm regions this cost saving alone can pay for the upfront cost of the roof in about 8-15 years.
However, it is worth mentioning that thermal efficiency benefits of metal roofs are fully realized in high temperature areas. If your home is in a cooler region, you will not benefit as much as if you lived in Durham, NC.
Today there are many types of stylish roofs. Even though you hear about style in roofing, it is important that you don’t make your selection purely based on style as your roof is not the most eye catching part of your home. It is said that majority of people are impressed more with the design of the kitchen, bathroom, interior, floor plans and exterior of the house, rather than the style of the roof.
Even though Durham metal roofers metal roofs are quite light and can be installed on top of an existing roof, which saves the home owner replacement cost, it should be mentioned that this cost savings is countered by the additional cost of finishing, which includes coating and painting the metal.
Among all the benefits stated earlier, the most important is durability. Metal roofs can last 50 or longer, as long as proper maintenance is carried out. According to National Association of Home Builders other types of roofs such as asphalt can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, if required maintenance is carried out.
Types of Metal Roofing Materials
The type of metal for your Durham NC roof is a major consideration in terms of
look and cost. One of the more affordable options available is Aluminum and is good value for money due to its durability and longevity, whilst Galvanized steel has a proven long life. Zinc is always an option and is far more attractive than the shed roof sheet, but there are also some different choices to think on including copper and stainless steel.
Metal Shake is a style that has the look of authentic wood which comes in a variety of finishes and is naturally longer lasting than the wood it is mimicking. Metals with a faux stone finish are also available. If you have environmental concerns there are roofing options made from so called natural metals which develop a patina with age and naturally blend into their surroundings and are 100% recyclable.
As well as the range of metals available, there are plenty of style options for your new metal roof. No longer restricted to corrugated sheets, there’s a whole range of different types of metal panelling – ribbed, plain, snap locking and these usually come with the option of visible or invisible fixing.
As well as panels and to complement the full range of metals and the colors and finishes that these metals now present, there are tiles and shingles with a whole slew of designs to provide your house with traditional or contemporary look. If you want a house with a roof that looks like it is made of Spanish tile or welsh grey slate, with a metal roof you can have it.
As well as giving your home a brilliant look, there are many practical benefits to Durham metal roofers metal roofs. Straight off, metal roofs are quick and easy to install especially if panels are used. They are also a lot lighter than conventional roofs being up to seven times less heavy per square meter than roof tiles. This makes metal roofs especially suitable for fragile Durham NC buildings.
Other benefits include:
• Longevity and durability
Metal roofing doesn’t crack or rot and it doesn’t warp or curl. Neither panels or shingles split or break, they don’t break or burn nor are the finishes prone to peeling. Metal roofing is also the most resistant to freezing and thawing, snow, hail, wind and fire.
• Low maintenance costs
Other than maybe the occasional brushing down if leaves stick there is no maintenance required. If you have painted over the metal roofing’s natural finish that will require looking after or replacing in exactly the same way as any other painted surface.
• Long term warranties
Thanks to the longevity and durability of the materials used in metal roofing, manufacturers and Durham metal roofers are happy to provide very long warranties and guarantees.
Metal roofs help you save money with reduced heating and cooling costs and some materials have been shown to present costs savings of 40% compared to conventional roofs.
• Increased resale value
The use of metal means that no future dilapidation factor has to be built in for the roof and potential buyers know they never have to think about a new roof in the house’s lifetime.
• Increased aesthetic appeal and curb value
With a range of style options, a metal roof perfectly complements any type of home and fits with any neighborhood. They are also ideal for historic buildings that require replacement roofs as they can bring the building right up to date whilst retaining the original look.
• Environmentally friendly
As well as being energy efficient in their production, saving energy when in use, metals used in roofing are completely 100% recyclable and do not add to landfill sites.
• Ease of fitment
A new metal roof can also be laid over an existing roof without the need to remove the shingles or tiles that are already there. This will help reduce the cost of a new roof installation and save in a lot of mess having to be cleared up before the job can start proper.
Naturally, anything that has advantages has some downsides too.
Contrary to what you might imagine, noise is not a disadvantage of roofs made from metal. The materials and method of installation means there is plenty of sound insulation. One disadvantage though comes should the roof become, albeit unlikely, damaged. It is much easier to fix or replace a broken tile or shingle than it is to replace a large metal panel.
Perhaps the biggest disadvantage is the cost. These Durham metal roofers installations are more expensive than other roofing types however, with the low maintenance costs, a reduction in energy bills, reduced insurance premiums and a potential increase in house value, the initial expense is easily offset by the future benefits.
Other minor disadvantages include the fact that walking on metal roofs is dangerous because they become slippery when wet and although most metal roofs are hardy and resistant to the elements, sever hailstorms may result in dents on roofs made of the softer metals like Aluminum and Copper.
The advantages of a metal roof far outweigh the disadvantages and choosing one is a fantastic addition to your home that will last a lifetime.
Top 5 metal roofing myths After reading these tips you will gain a better understanding, and appreciation of metal roofing technology.
Myth 1: Metal roof has a higher risk of getting struck by a lightning. Reality; No metal roofing does not increase the chances of your house getting struck by a lightning. In fact, if your house does get struck, metal roof will help to dissipate the charge, and because metal is a non combustible material, your roof will not catch fire.
Myth 2: Metal roof makes a lot of noise when it rains.
Reality; You are probably thinking about that old cheap metal roof over the barn that used to sound like a machine gun burst when it is raining… Modern metal roofing is usually installed over a plywood, solid sheathing, or over your existing roof.
It will make no more noise than a regular asphalt shingle roof. Oftentimes metal roof will be quieter than a non metal roof, and will shield the noise from rain and bad weather.
Myth 3: Metal roofing costs a lot of money.
Reality; It may seem like it does, but it really does not! You may be surprised, but metal roof will actually costs less than the asphalt shingle roof if you stay in your house long enough. Not only will it increase the value of your house, but it will also help you save money on cooling costs.
Metal roofing can result in up to 50% savings in energy costs during summer months. And finally, metal roof may well be the last roof you will ever have to install on your house.
Ever! Provided you get a quality installation from a qualified metal roofing contractor. Learn from this hypothetical example of the cost of metal roofing vs the asphalt shingle roof, from a homeowner’s stand point.
Myth 4: Metal Roof is susceptible to rust.
Reality; Modern metal roofing is built to last for decades. Steel metal roofing has a metal coating protection layer made with zinc or aluminum, which is bonded to the steel and then painted with a high quality paint designed to withstand the toughest abuse from bad weather, and provide the desirable color and looks that homeowners want.
Myth 5: Metal Roofs are susceptible to dents.
Reality; Modern metal roofs are built to withstand years of abuse from severe weather such as hail, extreme winds, and snow. Hail will not dent a metal roof, and extremely high winds are not a threat either, as many modern metal roofing systems are rated for 120mph winds.
In fact, metal roofs perform extremely well in the hurricane. It is not unusual to see the metal roof with no damage, next to naked regular roofs that have lost all its shingles and plywood in hurricane.
Bonus Myth: You cannot walk on metal roof without damaging it.
Reality; While you should definitely take all the necessary precautions before venturing out for a walk on your roof, metal roofs are completely walkable. Avoid walking on your roof when its raining as you could easily slip and fall.
Rule of thumb is to stay of the roof whenever its surface is wet. Contact your roofing contractor for special techniques on how to walk on the metal roof they have installed.
In conclusion whether metal roofs are good investments depends on various factors such as the climate where your house is located, as well as the duration you intent to live in your Durham home.
Sometimes, insurance companies may lower your premium due to the fact that metal roofs are fire retardant. Additionally, it’s recommended to look into potential tax rebates for installing metal roofs, etc.
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