We often get asked if metal roofing is a good choice for any particular home. However, we believe that metal roofs are a great investment for just about any house! This decision does rely entirely on what you hope to get out of your new roof, as well as whether or not your roof demands any special building considerations. If you find that the following are your goals, then metal roofing might be the best option for you:
- Intention to stay: If you are hoping to stay in your home through at least one re-roofing cycle, then a metal roof might be a good investment. In many areas, re-roofing needs to be done every 12-20 years. We’ve found that the price of roofing has nearly doubled in the past ten years, so choosing metal roofing now will save your family thousands in the future when you won’t need to re-roof for longer.
- Aesthetics: It can be difficult to maintain the appearance of a standard roof since many roofing materials reveal their ages quite easily. If you would like to keep a fresh look for your roof over a longer period of time, a metal roof is the right decision. This heightened appearance can also increase the value of your home when the time comes to sell.
- Environmentally-conscious: Metal roofing allows for easier recyclability, more sustainability, and heightened energy efficiency—more than any other material. This provides energy savings for your home as well!
- Weather worries: Sometimes the weather can turn a little sour in Richmond! Anywhere with weather extremes should consider metal roofing. It has a great track record when it comes to nasty weather and its durability. Anyone in an area that is prone to intense winds, hail, hurricanes, high sun temperatures, snow, earthquakes, or whatever else should consider metal roofing to protect their home.
- Older home: If you have an older home and you prefer to keep your old roof in place, metal roofing is where to turn. While it sounds like it could be heavy, this isn’t the case. Metal roofing can weigh as little as one-twelfth the weight of dimensional shingles, and in some cases, can be installed over old shingles. Keep in mind that this is not recommended, but it can be done if needed.
Here are some special considerations for you to think about before making your final decision.
- Know the pitch of your roof. Many metal roofs work wonderfully on any roof with a 3:12 or greater pitch. If yours is below that, don’t worry; there are a few metal roofing options available. The issue is that there are fewer choices. Never install a metal roof that isn’t recommended by the manufacturer for your home.
- Repair any leaks before installing a new roof. This is especially the case if you choose to put metal roofing over your old roofing.
- Think ahead about your attic ventilation and increasing the airflow. Good ventilation will keep your home healthier, help you avoid winter ice damming if we see any snow, and save you money when it comes to energy costs.
- Complex roof lines are perfect for metal. If you have a complicated or steep roof, your re-roofing is going to take quite a bit of labor, regardless of the material you choose. However, metal roofing will mean shelling out that money just once instead of a few times over the next few decades.
- If you have skylights, chimneys, or other protrusions, we are sure they are lovely and intentional—but they are still holes in your roof. However, our experience professionals know exactly how to work around this space and ensure that there are no leaks or issues with the flashing.
- Know if you have flared gables, which is when the ridge of your roof is wider than the bottom of your roof. This is usually on some log homes, but it can be on other homes as well. The architecture looks awesome, but it can make metal roofing installation a little bit trickier. This is the same for curved, round, or arched roofs.
Contact Houser Roofing today to learn more about our metal roofing options and how we may be able to help your home. We look forward to working with you!