When you live in Wisconsin and Michigan’s upper peninsula, you know how cold it can be. Furthermore, you’re also aware of the damage that heavy storms can wreak on your roof and siding. If you’re planning to replace your roof this year, you may want to consider having a metal, rather than a traditional asphalt shingle, roof installed.
Steel roofing can prevent your home from sustaining major damage due to its increased durability. They have a 140 mile per hour wind rating, and as a result, they can withstand heavy winds. Since they are commonly composed of steel and aluminum, metal roofs also have high impact resistance. This can make a significant difference on your roof’s wear-and-tear when there are heavy hail storms, ice, sleet, and snow.
In general, steel roofing and aluminum roofing will have a longer lifespan than the average roof composed of asphalt shingles. When well-maintained, these roofs tend to last 50 years or even longer. When metal roofs are coated with an aluminum-zinc alloy, their lifespan can be further extended to 100 years.
Metal roofing is also less expensive than slate or tile roofing. This is the case even when a metal roof is composed of expensive metals such as copper, stainless steel, and zinc. Overall, metal roofs will still cost 30% less than even the least expensive slate or tile roof.
You may also be interested to know that metal roofs are available in over 100 colors. These include customized colors as well as standard and premium. You’ll be better able to match your house’s color with a metal roof because there are only 15 to 20 standard color options for asphalt shingles.
Home energy bills can also be reduced when you have a metal roof installed. Given the need for running the furnace through the cold winter months and the air conditioning through the hot ones, installing a metal roof can reduce up to 25% of your annual utility bill. Making sure that you have proper attic ventilation and insulation can also contribute to your home’s energy efficiency. It’s also important to seal up any drafty areas.
If you’d like to have a new metal roof installed, please contact one of our roofing contractors for more information today.