Is your old, asphalt shingle roof is leaking again, and you would like to find a good replacement that won’t leave your house drenched from excessive roof leaks, ever again? Cool Metal roofing for residential homes is a highly regarded green roofing alternative that is energy efficient, environmentally safe, and can last for well over half a century.
Unfortunately, and all too often, our good old, cheap asphalt roofs fail on us when we least expect it! Only imagine that you and I used to think that this could never happen to us… Many homeowners, myself included, have been in those shoes before.
Let’s face it, a roof that is leaking is not a kind of a problem that can be ignored. A leaky roof could cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home, and the sooner you take care of your leaky or failing roof problem, the better off you will be. I know this is not the most exciting moment of your life, but you will have to make some decisions as to what roofing materials you will choose for your house. There are many different roofing options available, and I am going to suggest that asphalt roof is not the option you will want to pick, because they are becoming obsolete. Yes, I said obsolete!
Like it or not, but we live in the 21st century and it seems as though the good old cheap asphalt roof no longer cuts it. Unless, of course, you plan to sell your house in a few years and move out so that the new owner will get stock with the inferior roof. It is estimated that an average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is only 15 years. Add a few years in a temperate / good climate, and subtract a few years for Northern and extreme Southern climate such as Florida, Arizona, and Texas. This is not a very lucrative option to know that your roof is bound to fail and you will have to spend your money on re roofing your home all over again. So what is the solution you may ask…
In the last decade, there has been a quite sizable increase in the popularity of metal roofing installations, and I am not talking about the old barn style naked roof that makes the rain drops sound like a machine gun rattle. No, that is not the case, and in fact, modern metal roofing choices have become very sophisticated. They come in a variety of metal roofing colors from white snow to Vermont slate blue, and shapes that will blow your mind. For example, there are metal roofs that look just like wooden shake with unique texture and coloring. If you like the look of slate roofing, then you can get a metal roof that looks like slates.
Whatever your style and color preferences are, metal roofing seems to provide a solution to satisfy those unique needs and desires, from red Spanish tile – stone coated steel roof, to aluminum shakes reminiscent of traditional Cedar Shakes. But, here is the best part, unlike asphalt roofing that is bound to fail soon, quality metal roofing installations are known to last as long as 100 years. As for the material manufacturer warranty, many modern metal roofing products come with up to 50 years non-prorated warranty.
And by the way, metal roofing can easily help you save as much as 25% on your air-conditioning costs in the summer. If you choose a white colored, sun reflective metal roof, than your energy savings could be as high as 50%. And did I mention, there is also a 2010 $1500 tax credit available from the government if buy a metal roof.
Finally, as far as cost goes, residential metal roofing prices, may initially seem as relatively high vs. asphalt shingle roofing, but if you stay in your house long enough it will more than pay for itself. Best of luck with your roofing project.