Why Metal Costs More and Why You Should Consider It
Need to replace your roof but you aren’t sure what kind to get? Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material available, but have you considered metal? The price tag on roofing types can vary as can the benefits and longevity. Metal may be the costliest upfront of these options; however, there are several compelling reasons why metal is the best choice overall!
Longevity – While an asphalt shingle roof may be the least expensive at first glance (on average a 1,600-square-foot simple gable, low-pitch roof costs about $9,000), a metal one (typically ranging from $10,375 to $14,075) will end up saving you in the long run. Metal roofs last a lifetime (50 years plus) so you save on the installation and removal of several roofs for the cost of one. Asphalt shingles need to be replaced approximately every 25 years, so spending more initially on metal just makes sense from an investment standpoint.
Energy Savings – Metal saves you money on energy bills by keeping homes cooler during sweltering months. You could save up to 25% on your cooling costs with metal versus asphalt shingles. Why such a drastic amount? The use of ‘cool colors’ help our metal roofing reflect infrared light to minimize heat buildup. This helps you save on cooling costs during hot months.
Low-Maintenance – Metal roofs are practically maintenance-free! With less upkeep, you will save a lot of time and hassle. To properly maintain a metal roof, you only need to remove leaves, branches, and debris. This can be done with a window washing brush on a long pole to minimize damage. Other best practices to have are keeping the gutters clear and trimming nearby trees to prevent rubbing on the house.
Durability – Steel is an extremely durable material! A metal roof can stand up to the harshest environmental elements on top of lasting two to three times longer than asphalt shingles. If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, having a more durable exterior could be a huge cost and energy saver. Steel roofs are also fire-resistant as metal is non-combustible. some insurance companies even offer lowered rates after installing metal roofs. Discount or not, metal roofing is the safest option to protect what matters most to you.
Appearance – Painted metal offers you a contemporary appearance in a variety of aesthetic options. Having many color choices allows you to make bold expressions and helps you get the look you want. No matter the style you are going for, there are metal options available to bring your inspiration to life.
At AEP Span we specialize in the development of authentically painted metal. To learn more about the painted metal used for metal roofing and siding, visit our Learning Center.
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