How Much Does a Metal Roof Save Me?
According to Houston metal roofing contractors we spoke with, though metal roofing may involve a larger up-front cost, the long-term savings are well worth it.
• A metal roof can save up to 40% on your energy bill.
• A metal roof can get you an insurance discount of up to 30%.
• If you decide to sell, a metal roof can recoup up to 95%.
• A metal roof will not need the amount of maintenance of an asphalt roof.
• A metal roof lasts at least 4 times as long as an asphalt roof.
Finally, there is the “life cycle cost”, or how much a roof will cost you over the years. A shake roof may start out at around $12,500, but after a 40 year cycle the cost of the roof can rise to almost $45,000 when you calculate in maintenance and repairs, a yearly cost of over $800. Concrete roofing starts at around $7,000, but 40 years later it has cost almost 5 times that in maintenance and repairs, around $700 per year. A metal roof that starts at $18,000 has risen to only around $21,000 over a 40 year span, or about $75 a year. (Note: These are not actual yearly maintenance costs. They only represent what the total maintenance and repair costs are spread out over 40 years.) To learn more about the advantages of metal roofing contact your local metal roofing contractor Houston.
Metal Roof Myths
As metal roofs are not as prolific as asphalt, many myths have arisen about them. Here are a few, as well as the truths behind them:
“Metal roofs are noisy.” — This calls up the old image of a hard rain on a corrugated tin roof. The flexibility of the corrugated tin is what makes the roof respond like a cymbal. Metal roofs are rigid and often have a sound-deadening underlayment. Some homeowners have reported that their houses are actually quieter after having a metal roof installed!
“You can’t walk on a metal roof.” — The idea behind this one is that the metal will buckle. Any roof will buckle if it doesn’t have good roof decking supporting it. Metal is as “walkable” as any roof.
“Metal rusts.” — Yes, it does, if it’s exposed and doesn’t have a galvanized coating or some other form of protection. Metal roof installers should include this in the estimate.
“Metal gets hot.” — Anything left in the sun gets hot, especially metal, asphalt, slate, or pretty much any other material used for roofing. Metal roofs can be coated with cooling colors that reflect solar heat and help keep your home comfortable. Also, metal sheds heat more efficiently than asphalt, resulting in an average 40% savings for cooling during the summer.
“Metal makes your roof a lightning rod.” — No, height makes a lightning rod. A metal roof is no more prone to lightning strikes than an asphalt roof. There is a big difference, however; asphalt ignites. When lightning strikes something flammable, it can combust. Asphalt is petroleum based and can burst into flames. A metal roof can take the strike and may actually protect your home from lightning!
“Metal is heavy.” — While any rock music fan may agree with you, metal roofs are actually lighter than asphalt by around 50%, and lighter than slate, concrete tile, and fiber cement shakes by about 75%