Home renovations are always a big deal and require a lot of thought before jumping into them, but roof repairs and renovations are particularly important. The roof is, after all, one of the integral structures of any home. The roof protects your home from the elements, keeping you safe and dry. But all roofing materials are not made alike, and roof repairs and renovations should be carefully thought out and planned to best protect your home and keep it safe. After weather damage, when homeowners are most likely to seek out roof repairs and renovations, it’s important to consider how to prevent the same severity of damage from occurring again. Most homeowners looking into roof repairs and renovations are primarily concerned with durability as well as longevity.
Though many people have not considered it, there are many advantages to metal roofing. One of the major advantages to metal roofing is its longevity. Metal roofing can last an entire lifetime (though only if it is properly cared for) while other roofing materials such as asphalt will last less than two decades even when given the best care. Metal roofing is also more environmentally friendly than many other roofing materials, as it can contain up to a quarter (25%) of recycled and recyclable materials. As conventional roofing materials, such as asphalt, can add up to 20 billion pounds of waste material to landfills in the United States every year. Metal roofs don’t have nearly this negative impact on the environment, as they can actually be installed over the already existing roof on the home. It’s cost effective to install metal roofing as well. Not only can it lower your energy bills by up to 20% every month, it can decrease what you pay for homeowner’s insurance by over 30% in some areas, such as Texas.
An asphalt roof is not the ideal solution when a metal roof is available, as asphalt roofs can last for as few as twelve years. Asphalt roofs are also much more likely to be damaged by severe weather, especially weather that involves heavy snow. A metal roof, on the other hand, is incredibly durable when given the proper and consistent care it requires. It is also considerably more environmentally friendly than asphalt roofs and roofs made of other material, as almost all metal roofs incorporate recycled materials and can be installed over an existing roof, negating the need to remove the existing roof and send it to a landfill. Metal roofs can also help to save the homeowner money, lowering monthly energy costs considerably and even lowering insurance payments in some places.