According to the Metal Roofing Association, non-metal roofs last an average of 17 years. A metal roof, on the other hand, can last a lifetime. Metal roofing eventually makes back the cost of its installation, because if carefully maintained it can last 40 to 60 years — longer in some cases. After a few decades, you’ll have recovered the cost of installation in full simply from not having had to repair or replace it.
Metal roofing has other advantages as well. Although we think of metal as being heavy, the roofing is surprisingly lightweight — where tile can be 750 pounds per 100 square feet, metal roofing tends to be from 50 to 150 pounds per 100 square feet. If the roof is a standing seam roof, which is the most popular type of metal roofing, there will not be nearly as many seams as in a shingle roof. Also, these seams will be above the level of the panels, cutting down on potential leaks. In some states, a metal roof can cut homeowners’ insurance premiums by up to 35 percent. It does not heat up as much as asphalt shingles on hot, sunny days. This will lower your AC bills. And unlike wooden shingles, you’ll never have to worry about metal roofing catching fire. Set flush against wood, it won’t even make noise in the rain.
If you don’t like the look of a metal roof, don’t worry — it can look like anything. With the right coating, it can look like asphalt, wood or slate. Sometimes this even strengthens it — stone-coated metal can withstand an impact from a 2.5-inch hailstone or 120-mph winds. Only a direct hit from a tornado or a Category 4 or 5 hurricane has stronger winds.
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The exact price of the roof depends on the metal and type of roofing. The least expensive metals for roofing are steel and aluminum. Galvanized steel can withstand wind and hail better, but aluminum is lighter and more rust-resistant. Copper is the most durable, but also (along with zinc) the most expensive. Ask your roofing contractor for a price list.
Advanced Roofing and Exteriors are Charlotte’s best roofing contractors, and they offer a 30 to 50 year warranty on their metal roofs. They have won the Angies List Super Service Award twice. This family-owned company is also an Owens Corning preferred contractor and a member of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte. These licensed general contractors will give you a free estimate, plan their timeline for work to suit your schedule and provide the materials themselves. If you are interested in a metal roof for a building in Charlotte or Concord, NC, call today.