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3 Advantages of Choosing Metal as Your Next Roofing Material

Updating your existing roof adds value to your home, and when it comes to choosing roofing material there's a lot to consider. Many home owners stick with asphalt, the most common roofing material. However, an increasing number of residential home owners are choosing metal roofing materials. If this is an option you're considering, check out three benefits, along with some drawbacks to keep in mind.

Environmentally Friendly

Metal is one of the most environmentally friendly roofing materials available. When it's time to replace your metal roof, it's 100 percent recyclable and you can have a new roof installed that's made of 95 to 100 percent recycled aluminum. Additionally, metal roofs have coatings that prevent up to 80 percent of the sun's energy from being absorbed into the roof, which can significantly reduce temperatures in the upstairs level of your home. This reduction in temperature lowers your cooling costs in the summer months. 

Lightweight Material

When most people think of metal as a roofing material, they often envision something heavy. To the contrary, one of the advantages of metal as roofing material is that it is significantly lightweight. In fact, metal roofs are about a third of the weight of asphalt, running 100 to 150 pounds per square. It's also much lighter than concrete tile—about one twentieth. Concrete tile weighs up to 1000 pounds per square. 

Easy Installation

Metal roofing is quick and easy to install, so much so that some experienced home owners choose to install it themselves. Even still, it's a good idea to have a professional install your metal roof, especially if this is your first time. Metal roofing comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, allowing you to match it to your home and particular needs. It comes in panels measuring 12 to 36 inches. You also have the option of choosing stone-coated metal shingles, which give the same appearance as stone. Consult with a metal roofing contractor to determine the best option for your home. 

Things to Consider

Metal roofing is vulnerable to denting, which is something to consider if you live in an area with a lot of heavy rain, or hail. It also costs more than other roofing materials. You can expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $500 per each 100 square feet of material. On the upside, it's a very durable material, which reduces your maintenance costs down the line. Another drawback of using metal as roofing material is the noise factor. When it rains, for example, you will hear a tapping sound on the roof. 

To learn more about metal roofing or other material options, contact companies like BCI Metal Roofing.