The benefits of residential metal roofing are well known. Energy efficiency. Durability. No maintenance. Fire Safety. Wind Resistance. None of those ugly black streaks. And, everywhere we go, people tell us that they are seeing more and more metal roofs “pop up” all of the time.
On the other hand, everyone knows that metal roofing is a more serious investment than the old, tired technology of asphalt and fiberglass shingles.
So, that brings up the BIG QUESTION: Why Would Someone Buy A Metal Roof?
At McCarthy Metal Roofing, we find that different homeowners have different criteria that draw them toward the benefits of a beautiful metal roof. Chances are that the reasons for your decision will be different than your neighbors’ reasons. Let’s take a look, though, at some of the reasons we hear from our customers. Do any of them ring true to you?
“I’m tired of replacing my roof every few years, and worrying about it for the rest of the time.” Many homeowners, especially in more aggressive climates, find their roofs only lasting 15 years or even less. For homeowners who have found their “you’ll have to carry me out of here” last home, metal roofs are their way of controlling the cost of maintaining that home. And, let’s face it, we’d all love to have money available in the future for things other than repairing or replacing our roof.
“Shingles keep blowing off my roof.” Again, this can be related to an aggressive climate or it can also be related to some peculiarities about how your home was constructed. Many people justify shingles blowing off their roofs by saying “I must have gotten a bad batch of shingles.” But then, after they repair it, they find the same thing happening again. The interlocking nature of metal roofing makes it far more resistant to wind and structural movement.
“I’m sick of granules in my gutters and those black streaks all over my roof.” Granules in gutters are a maintenance concern and, quite literally, they are your roof washing away each time it rains. Black streaks on a roof are just ugly. They detract from a home’s value and beauty. Metal roofs don’t have granules to wear away and today’s PVDF coatings are resistant to streaks and stains.
“Asphalt shingles are so plain looking!” Many folks buy a metal roof just to add distinction to their home. With the shake, shingle, and slate profiles available today in metal roofing, homes can look great and stay that way! Over half of the visible exterior on most homes is roofing so a great looking roof makes sense.
“I want to do what’s right for the environment.” We increasingly find homeowners who are making choices based upon what is best for the environment. Metal roofs are durable and energy-efficient. They also have high recycled content. Most of our roofs are made from quality, up to 99% recycled aluminum, the majority of which is post-consumer. A metal roof allows a homeowner to make the right choice for their home and for the world in which we live.
“Other materials in my home are more durable than they used to be. Why isn’t my roof?” Metal roofing is a great part of the evolution of building materials. We all have switched to other materials in our homes that are long-lasting and require little or no maintenance. Asphalt shingles are one of the oldest technologies that are used regularly on a home. Many homeowners choose metal roofing as a way to move into the 21st century!
“My attic gets so hot in the summer and I know that heat makes my air conditioner run all the time!” Metal roofs, in several ways, help block the sun’s heat from getting into your attic. Additionally, proper ventilation helps eliminate any heat that is gained. Homeowners frequently report energy savings of 20% and more after a “cool metal roof” is installed.
So, those are some of the reasons we hear homeowners give for making the switch to a beautiful metal roof. What will your reason be? Call us today to learn more about what a metal roof can do for you and your home!