If you’re thinking about getting a new roof, consider metal roofing as an option. Metal roofing systems are an increasingly popular option among homeowners and landlords. They’re durable, strong and attractive. With minimal maintenance and optimal conditions, metal roofing can protect a building for decades. While shingles will need to be replaced regularly, metal roofing lasts and lasts. Metal roofs also offer unique style options and, typically, long term savings. Think about these tips when you start shopping for a new metal roof.
Metal roofs used to be monotonous. There was a time when metal roofs were synonymous only with shiny tin roofs. But these days, metal roofing consists of many styles, colors, materials, and finishes. You can find matte finishes and textured designs in just about every color imaginable. Although silver is available, it’s all about functionality and making a design statement. Find a style that will match the architecture of your building. Online software can help you visualize how different metal roofs will look on your house or commercial building. Choose a handful of textures and styles, and request samples to see how they will look against your brick or siding. The best roofing companies will give you design advice about how to realize your vision.
Metal roofing comes in a variety of materials including steel, aluminum, copper, zinc or a blend of multiple metals as well as ceramic coatings. There are also varying grades and thicknesses. Some materials have longer lifespans and are suited to regional weather variations. You can choose between different stages of pre-fabrication. Some styles come press-formed and full-painted while others require more on-site work. It’s important to get advice from a company you trust, one with deep roots in your community. Local companies will understand which materials and brands perform best for your area. Be sure to do business with a company that has a long track record of installing metal roofs.
As with any product you purchase, it is important to understand what the warranty covers. Find a company that offers a workmanship warranty that covers the installation and material to give you peace of mind for many years. Also, look to see what problems the warranty will cover and whether there are any out-of-pocket costs for materials, labor or both.
A properly designed and installed metal roof can help you save money on your energy bill as well as insurance premiums. You should compare different materials, styles, and installation methods that will provide energy efficiency. Some metal roofs can include insulating underlayment and special reflective coatings to deflect solar radiation. These materials can keep your attic cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, thus reducing your energy consumption.
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