Why are Metal Roofs So Popular?
There are different types of roofs and roofing materials to choose from and it can be difficult figuring out which one is best for your house. Aesthetics is an important feature to keep in mind but other features should factor in as well. Think about your environment, weather, budget, salability, and maintenance. Metal roofs rank highly in these features and are trending in 2022 and most likely for main years to come. They can be a little on the expensive side but are worth it in the long run. Let’s go over why metal roofs have become so popular and sought after.
Metal Roofs Come In A Variety Of Colors
Metal roofs are usually made out of steel, aluminum, or copper; however this doesn’t mean your roof has to be a gray or brown metal color. Residential metal roofs come in a variety of colors and can easily match your home’s exterior. Traditional monochromatic colors are still trending but bright and bold colors such as reds, blues, greens, and burgundy are quite popular as well. You can either have the roof match your home’s exterior paint color or have a contrasting roof color to create eye-catching color combinations. A metal roof can last up to 50 years or longer with proper maintenance and repairs so you’ll probably end up painting your house at least 5 to 7 times before you ever need a new roof. So choose a roof color that will match several other house paint colors you may use down the line. If you like a brightly colored house then a dark colored roof such as black, charcoal gray, dark greens, or dark blues would add a nice contrast to it. A bold colored roof will pair nicely with a house painted in a more subtle color range.
Remember to keep in mind that you don’t want to stand out too much from the other houses on your block if you intend to sell it. You should also consider the landscaping and the environment around your house to help pick an ideal color. Choosing a roof color can help boost your home’s curb appeal so choose wisely.
Metal Roof Weather Safety
Residential metal roofs are also popular because of their durability in harsh weather and environments. Metal roofs allow rain to run right off of it instead of being absorbed which will help prevent algae and mold growth. It’s also ideal in winter if you live in an area that’s prone to ice and snow because it’s easier for it to slide off. Metal roofs are also great during sunny conditions. Metal roofs reflect the sun’s rays and help keep your house cooler and reduce your cooling costs by 10 to 25%. Metal roofs are durable and can handle the weather in the most difficult locations in Texas and the rest of the U.S.
Residential metal roofs are ideal in normal weather conditions and are also highly durable and resistant in extreme weather conditions. Hail storms can produce large sized hail that can go through an asphalt shingle or crack a roof tile but will only dent a metal roof. It’s harder for hail to penetrate a metal roof and cause a leak. It can also stand up well to high winds (over a 120mph) during a thunderstorm, tornado, or hurricane. FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, recommends metal roofs for hurricane or tornado prone areas because they are more stable in a storm than any other roofing material. Metal roofs are composed of long interlocking panels that are screwed directly into the deck and withstand uplift in high winds. FEMA also recommends metal roofing if you live in an area prone to wildfires.
Metal roofing has a Class A fire rating and is non-combustible. A fire-resistant underlayment will add an extra layer of protection. You should have your roof inspected if you do experience a strong storm or extreme harsh weather conditions. Metal roofs require minimal maintenance and repairs but doing so will increase your roof’s longevity.
Metal Roofs Are Eco-Friendly
Metal roofs are eco-friendly. It lowers your energy cooling cost by reflecting the sun’s UV rays away. Reduced energy costs also reduces your carbon footprint. In 2022, new home owners are interested in energy efficient appliances so an energy efficient roof will be a huge attraction.
Metal roofs have a long lifespan so you won’t have to replace it often which means you also will not create a lot of waste by frequent remodeling. If you do replace your metal roof you’ll be happy to know that it is 100% recyclable. In fact your current metal roof is already made of 30 to 40% recycled material. More recycling means less waste going to a landfill.
Contact Kresta Roofing if you’re ready to install a new roof. We will send out an inspector that will provide a free inspection and quote for a new roof installation.