Congratulations on deciding to install metal roofing on your home. With the proper maintenance, metal roofing can last 50 or more years. Some steel roofing — if coated with an aluminum-zinc alloy — can have a lifespan of up to 100 years. It can also protect your home against major storm damage, as metal roofing has a wind rating of 140 miles-per-hour. Not to mention the fact that a metal roof can easily shave off as much as 25% off of your annual home energy bill.
All that being said, it’s worth taking a moment to stop and think before you go through with things. Here are just a few things you need to consider first.
Is there a company around that can do it? – One of the first things you need to consider is who’ll do the job. A roofing company you may have had in mind before may not be able to install metal roofing, so first make sure your metal roofing contractors are up to the task.
What style do you want? – Believe it or not, metal roofs come in different styles, some of which may not be entirely suitable to your home. The most common types are metal panel roofing and metal shingle roofing. The former has a more commercial look that architects like for its honest, clean, contemporary appearance. The latter is a bit more residential looking.
What’s the most cost-efficient option? – Roofing is not cheap, and metal roofing is no exception. The cost of a steel standing seem roof typically starts at about $300 per roof square. Steel shingles also run about $270 per square of materials. That being said, the cost of installing metal shingles is actually about 20% cheaper than the cost of installing a standing seam.
Choosing a metal roof is a smart decision, but it does require a bit of forethought. If you have any questions, feel free to share in the comments.