The answer: Metal roofing. Thanks to the latest technologies, metal roofing comes in a variety of styles, designs and colors which can resemble other types of roofing materials like shake, slate and tile. Therefore, your home can have a metal roof while still fitting in with the neighborhood.
Not only does metal roofing outlast traditional asphalt roofing, it also brings many other benefits to the homeowner. In most cases, metal roofs can be installed directly over an old, asphalt roof. This avoids high dumping fees to take away the used asphalt. And, these dumping fees are on the rise, increasing your costs to re-roof. According to the National Association of Homebuilders, more than 1.36 billion pounds of asphalt are in the landfills every year.
Here are other reasons why you should consider a metal roof:
* Many metal roofing manufacturers offer up to a 50-year transferable warranty for their products. (That means if you decide to move, the warranty will transfer to the next person who lives in your house. A good selling feature!)
* Metal roofing systems require little to no maintenance.
* They reflect the sunlight off the roof, thereby reducing energy costs.
* Metal roofs don’t absorb water, one of the main causes for roofs to crack or erode.
* Weighing in at 50% less than asphalt and 75% less than concrete, metal roofs can carry a larger load of snow and can shed the snow easier.