How A Metal Roof Could Save You Money

If you need to put a new roof on your home soon, you may want to consider going with a metal roof this time. A metal roof has several benefits over asphalt, and saving you money is one of them. It's true a metal roof costs more up front, but over the life of the roof, you will save money. Here's why.

Metal Roofs Have A Long Life

Asphalt roofs are the least expensive, but the trade-off is they have a short lifespan when compared to metal. A metal roof should last for decades, and that means you may never have to replace the roof again. Metal has such a long life because the material doesn't degrade when exposed to the sun and rain like asphalt does. Even if an asphalt roof goes for years without storm damage, it will still deteriorate due to age since UV exposure takes its toll, and rain and wind wear away the granules on top of the shingles.

Metal Roofs Require Little Maintenance

Another way you'll save money with a metal roof is the reduced need for repairs that cost money over the years. Metal roofs tolerate a wide range of weather conditions including high winds. Large hail may leave a few dents behind, but damage from wind, rain, and insects will be minimal. Metal roofs are also resistant to fire. This keeps your roof from catching on fire from a flying ember and since the roof doesn't ignite, your home is protected from fire too. This could save you from expensive fire damage repair. Not only that, since a metal roof does such an excellent job of protecting your home, you may even get a discount on your homeowners insurance, which further saves money.

Since the roof doesn't sustain much damage, the risk of water leaks is greatly reduced when compared to asphalt shingles. Plus, if you choose metal sheet roofing, you can even have it applied to a low slope roof without fear of water leaking. Keeping water off the roof deck and out of your attic prevents the need for costly water damage repair and mold remediation.

Metal Roofs Are Lightweight

Another good thing about metal roofing is that it is lightweight so it can be installed on top of an existing roof. Talk to your roofing contractor about this possibility because if you can do this, it eliminates the need to remove your current roof and pay for disposing of the shingles at a dump site. Also, since the metal is so lightweight, it is easy to work with and it goes on fast. This might save some money on labor and installation costs.

Another way a metal roof benefits you financially is that it may raise the value of your home. It will also make your home more attractive to future buyers once the buyer realizes all the benefits of a metal roof, especially the fact the roof may never need to be replaced. So, don't let the higher upfront cost of a metal roof discourage you from looking into this roofing material. When you consider the long life and low maintenance, you'll come to see how a metal roof is a good financial decision and it could actually save you money in the years to come.