Is Metal Roof a Good Investment for Your Home?

January 27, 2009 by
Filed under: Metal Roofs, Roof, Roofing, Smart Renovations 

metal-roof3The application of metal roofs in the housing industry is nothing new; however, metal roofs have come a long ways since the 50s and 60s during which metal roofs were thought of as dull metallic coverings used mostly in commercial and industrial buildings.  Today metal roofs are quite stylish and come in various flavors.  Their functionality just as their style has much improved.

However, many homeowners wonder whether they will see a return on this otherwise costly investment. The main question is whether the energy savings and durability of the metal roof will eventually pay for the upfront cost. To answer this question, the document first clarifies some of the miss conceptions and myth surrounding the installation of metal roof. The document then it explains under which conditions, climates as well as duration that one intents to live in his/her current residence would the full benefits of metal roofing be realized.

Metal Roof Installation
There is some miss-information about metal roofs that can easily clout your judgment in regard to choosing the right type of roof for your home. One such myth is that anyone can easily install a metal roof.  I recently came accross an article stating that if you know how to hammer a nail, you can install your metal roof and save yourself thousands of dollars in labor cost.  Although you can learn how to install a metal roof, just as well as you can learn any other skill, you should be aware that proper installation of metal roof requires as much talent and effort as installing another kind of roof.

Analyzing Various Benefits of Metal Roofs
No one should ever dispute the benefits associated with metal roofs, but they should look at these benefits in comparison with other types of roofs and consider the environment where one lives as well as the duration one intends to stay in the same house.  To be sure metal roofs offer lots of benefits such as light weight, energy efficiency, various designs, and durability.  Another advantage with metal roofs is that it can be laid on top of the existing roof without the need to remove the existing roof which can lower labor cost.  Let’s look at some of these benefits in more detail.

Cost Savings from Thermal Efficiency Is Not Equal for All Climates
Metal Roof coating’s can reflect the sun rays and thus keep the house cool during summer.  This Thermal efficiency can assist homeowners with lowering electricity bill.  In many warm regions this cost saving alone can pay for the upfront cost of the roof in about 8-15 years.  However, it is worth mentioning that thermal efficiency benefits of metal roofs are fully realized in high temperature areas.    If your home is in a cooler region, you will not benefit as much as if you lived in Florida.

A Second Thought about Style and Design
Today there are many types of roofs that are stylish.  Even though you hear about style in roofing, it is important that you don’t make your selection purely based on style as your roof is not the most eye catching part of your home.  It is said that majority of people are impressed more with the design of the kitchen, bathroom, interior, floor plans and exterior of the house than the style of the roof.

Labor Cost Are Not Much Lower
Even though metal roofs are quite light and can be installed on top of existing roof which saves the home owner replacement cost, it should be mentioned that this cost saving is countered by the additional cost of finishing which includes coating and painting the metal.

Durability
Among all the benefits stated earlier, the most important is durability.  Metal roofs can last 50 or even 100 years if proper maintenance is carried out.  According to National Association of Home Builders other types of roofs such as asphalt can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, if required maintenance is carried out.

Conclusion
Inc conclusion whether metal roofs are good investments depends on various factors such as the climate where your house is located as well as the duration you intent to live in your current home.  Local regulations and incentives could also impact the answer to this question.  In some states or provinces, insurance companies may lower your premium due to the fact that metal roofs are fire retardant.  Some states may offer tax rebates for installing metal roofs, etc.

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