Long gone are the days when metal roofs could only be found on old barns or dilapidated buildings.
Today, you see metal roofs on everything from houses, to businesses, to factories, to gazebos. They have certainly come a long way since they were first introduced hundreds of years ago!
But how exactly does it work?
Your roof can be installed in one of two ways – with metal roof shingles or as a standing seam metal roof.
Metal shingles are similar to asphalt shingles; they look like small squares. A standing seam metal roof, on the other hand, is constructed out of long panels that are laid side by side.
No matter which option you pick, you can use a variety of different types of metal for your roof. In fact, today’s metal roofs are made out of aluminum, stainless steel, tin, copper, and zinc.
But why should you invest in a steel roof?
After all, there are so many roofing choices. Why go with metal over asphalt, wood, or tile?
In the beginning, metal might cost you a little bit more, but the benefits it brings you far outweigh the extra cost.
Take a look at the facts:
– Metal can hold its own against leaks better than an asphalt roof can
– Metal can be recycled, and its roofs can even be manufactured out of recycled materials!
– Metal will reflect solar heat, which will keep your home or office cooler and cut down on your energy bills
– Metal is fireproof
– Metal will not deteriorate in the sun like other roofs do
– Metal lasts longer than asphalt, tile, or wood
– Metal is virtually maintenance-free; the only thing you will ever need to do to it is rinse it off with a hose if it gets dirty
– Metal comes with a lengthy warranty – much longer than the warranties you will get with wood, asphalt, or tile roofs – because it lasts longer than any other type of roof
– Having a metal roof may qualify you for a discount on your insurance premiums. Other roofs won’t give you that same benefit.
And, if you think that a metal roof has be silver and “tin-like”, think again! Steel roofs come in all sorts of colors and finishes, so that you can get virtually any type of look that you want.
Take a look at metal roof pictures. In many cases, it’s hard to tell that you are actually looking at metal! You can get metal roof shingles that are designed to look like tile or stone. That way, you can get a more elegant look – but still get all the benefits of using metal.
Or, you can get a metal roof in practically any color. Metal roof colors are like a virtual rainbow; you can get anything from fire-engine red, to school-bus yellow, to bright turquoise. Thanks to all of these color choices, you can work your roof into any design or décor that you want. It’s easy to match your roof to your existing siding, shutters, trim, landscaping, or even your company logo!
But what about cost? What kind of metal roof prices can you expect?
The pricing for these roofs is done by the square foot. On average, you can expect to pay a few hundred dollars per square foot for both the roofing materials themselves and the installation. While that may seem like a lot, it’s important to remember that your price should include some kind of warranty or guarantee on the work. And, of course, your exact price can vary, depending on who you hire to install your roof and what kind of work you need done.
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Usually, a standing seam roof will cost more than a shingle roof because the installation process is more tedious and more difficult.
And, when you hire someone to take on your steel roof installation, you need to be on the lookout for someone who is licensed and insured. That way, you will have some safeguards in place. You will know that you’re hiring someone who is well-versed in the latest industry standards, and you are getting someone who will not hold you personally liable for any issues that may arise.
But if you really want to save some money, you can take on a do it yourself metal roof installation project. That way, you will only have to pay for the raw materials.
Luckily, you do not have to be a construction whiz to install your roof yourself. In fact, if you buy your materials from a quality company, you can get detailed instructions on how to get a professional finish.
If you do plan on handling the installation yourself, there are a couple of tips that will make your job easier:
– Opt for aluminum. It is the lightest of the metals, which means it will be the easiest to bring up onto your roof, and it will be the least cumbersome to handle.
– Opt for shingles over a standing seam roof. Installing shingles is easier than dealing with the long panels.
– If you do go with shingles, opt for multi-shingle panels instead of single panels. That way, you can save yourself some time by installing several shingles at once – instead of applying them one by one.
But no matter who installs you metal roof, once it’s on, you’ll live a long and happy life with it!
VIDEO – This is an installation of metal roofing. Check out how nice it looks at the end of the video!