The Advantages of a Metal Roof for a Home

Lawrence Kim

When it's time to get your home's roof replaced or if you're building a new home, you may want to consider a metal roof versus standard roofing tiles. There are some great advantages to a metal roof for a home, some of which might surprise you. Note a few of them here.

1. Metal Is Easy to Recycle

If you're environmentally conscious, you want to choose as many materials that are easy to recycle as you can for your home. While asphalt shingles can be recycled, it usually requires heat and virgin materials to do this. Metal, however, can simply be cut or otherwise fabricated for a new project, which is something to consider if you ever decide to remove your metal roof. You may also be able to use recycled pieces for a metal roof, which is also a much more eco-friendly choice than new asphalt tiles.

2. Metal is a Good Insulator

You may not realize how much the roof of your home works to keep it insulated, but the roof helps to keep in the air conditioning during the summer and the heat during the winter. It also keeps outside air from getting into your home all year long. Asphalt tiles can often become brittle and shrunken with age and in turn, you have less insulation from your roof. Flashing or the roofing paper underneath the tiles can also get ripped and torn so that the insulating factors are compromised.

A metal roof is more durable and helps to seal your home better as it doesn't rip and tear as easily as flashing. It can also be bent to wrap around the corners of the roof and keep your home insulated much more effectively. In turn, your home will be more comfortable and you'll pay less for your utilities year-round.

3. Metal Comes in a Wide Variety of Colors

An attractive home can look drab and dull if it's capped off with a plain grey roof, which is somewhat standard when you choose asphalt roofing tiles. However, a metal roof can be painted a variety of colors to enhance the overall look of your home. You might choose a russet red to complement a brick home, or a white roof to reflect the sun's heat and keep your home more comfortable during summer months. Your metal roof can be painted (by companies like Roof Tek Roofing) the same color as the trim of your home or something dark and contrasting so that a white home looks very stately. This variety of choices is another reason to choose a metal roof over any other material.