As the green movement continues to win converts, more and more Americans are considering energy efficiency when building or buying a home. In addition to lighting, plumbing, and HVAC systems, your choice of roofing material can have an enormous effect on how energy is used in your abode. In this article, we will discuss the many, often hidden, advantages of metal roofing for residential structures.
Homeowners are paying a lot more attention to energy usage, for both environmental and economic reasons. So, when they learn that a metallic roof can reflect more of the sun’s rays and prevent heat transfer into the home, they are understandably intrigued. How much can you save?
According to the experts, a well-made metallic roof coated with reflective paint can reduce cooling bills by up to 25 percent during the summer months. There are currently tax credits available to assist with the cost of adding these energy-efficient roofs to your primary residence.
Because they are more expensive to install, last longer, and lower your energy bills, metal roofing typically adds value to a home. On average, homeowners can expect to add nearly $1.50 per square foot to a building’s total value. So, if you own a 2,000 square-foot home, its value would increase by $3,500 if you added metallic roofing.
Since homes with metallic tops are less likely to be damaged by fire, severe weather, and many other unexpected accidents and events, insurance companies give discounts of up to 35 percent on homeowners insurance. Depending on the property and where it is located, a discount that large could save you hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars each year on your insurance coverage.
As popular as they may be, asphalt roofs don’t have a particularly long lifespan. Even if they are well maintained, the average asphalt roof will only last between 10 and 20 years. By comparison, metal versions have a much longer lifespan, between 40 and 70 years. Not to mention the fact that they generally require less maintenance and repair than those covered in asphalt shingles. Because these shingles are designed to wear out over time, they are not nearly as durable as any metallic system.
Many homeowners mistakenly assume that only one type of metal is used for these specialty roofs. However, the fact is that there are at least four different types you can choose from, each of them with their own strengths and weakness. Tin, for example, has an impressive lifespan of between 40 and 50 years, while galvanized steel is an economical option that is not considered quite as attractive. Because it is not as strong as the other metals, aluminum won’t last as long, but it does reflect heat better than the rest. Last but not least, copper is widely considered to be the most aesthetically pleasing option, but it is also the most costly.
In addition to its remarkable energy efficiency, metal roofing is more durable and valuable than asphalt.