Many people are considering metal roofing as a viable roofing option. The question is how metal stacks up against regular shingle roofing materials. To understand, here is a list of the different ways a metal roof can increase the value of your home.
1. Fire Protection
Most roofs are made of combustible materials that are not only be susceptible to fire, but can catch fire from something as simple as a spark generated by lightning. Another vulnerability associated with shingles is that once a house fire has caught fire, the structure may lose the integrity necessary to hold up the roof. Since the shingle roof is composed of small individual pieces, it can easily fall in on itself. A metal roof, on the other hand, is made of far fewer pieces and is stronger than a shingle roof. It will not fall in when there is a house fire.
2. Safe to Walk on
Another problem with shingle roofs is that when you walk on it you never know when a shingle might come loose. As long as metal roofing is not wet, you will be able to walk on it. The new metal roofs that are being introduced are designed with more structural support to reduce the danger of breaking a seam when someone is walking in between joists. Some companies are even making metal shingles that have the look of traditional shingles, but with all the properties of a metal. The structural components of metal roofing will avoid repairs common to traditional roofs.
3. Life Long Roof
The metal roof will last for the life of the house if properly cared for. This will keep you from having to replace the roof while you own the home. It will also help with resale value when you sell the home. It is a sale point you can mention to potential buyers. The lifelong guarantee of a good roof is just a bonus for you on top of the cheaper price a metal roof runs. You will be able to save money in the short run as well as later down the road when you do not have to replace the roof.
Metal roofs are better for the environment because they can be made out of recycled material like tin and aluminum. Many of the metal roofing systems being sold today use between 80 and 90 percent recycled material. The best part is, if you decide to change your roof, you will be able to recycle the discarded material, which saves you the cost of hauling away debris. A regular roof made of shingles creates waste which needs to be thrown away every 15 years. The tar used to create the shingles has a negative effect on the environment.
5. Good Insulator
Metal roofing is a good insulator from the elements because it can be lined with different insulators which will prevent your roof from losing heat or cool air. This is not an option with a regular roof as all the space will be needed to support the weight of the shingles.