When you think of metal roofing types, residential roofs might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But there are actually several kinds of metal roofing that are ideal for residential housing. In fact, residential metal roofing is among the fastest-growing segments of the home improvement industry, more than quadrupling its market share over the past 10 years alone.
Why are so many homeowners choosing metal roofing over more traditional choices such as asphalt shingles or tile? One of the top reasons is that it’s extremely long-lasting, with a lifespan of 50 years or even longer for many types. It’s also very resistant to extreme weather — to which the Midwest and Great Lakes regions are no strangers. It is rarely dented by hail, can withstand wind speeds of up to 140 miles per hour because of its interlocking panels, and doesn’t catch on fire even when hit by lightning. (It’s a myth, by the way, that metal roofs attract lightning; metal roofs aren’t any more likely to be hit by lightning than any other roofs, and they’re designed to safely dissipate electrical charges.)
Metal roofing is good for the environment, too. Metal roofing is generally made from a high percentage of recycled content (as high as 95%) and has a minimal carbon footprint. And when its useful life does come to an end, it is 100% recyclable. It’s also energy efficient, which benefits both the planet and your pocketbook.
If you’re interested in still more savings and are willing to take on a project, you should also know that metal roofing is much easier and faster to install than other kinds of roofing, so it is possible — with a little guidance — to do your own installation. But whether you choose to DIY or to hire professional installers, you’ll be making a great investment in your home.
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