The post below comes to us from guest blogger Paul Kazlov. Paul is a self-proclaimed green home remodeling enthusiast and an industry pioneer for innovation in home renovation. He writes for the Global Home Improvement Blog. Follow him on Twitter @PaulKazlov.
Paul’s post is on the benefits of metal roofing. White Roof Project coats flat, black rooftops with solar-reflective white coating. However, we often receive questions from homeowners who want to ‘cool’ their sloped roof. Metal roofing is one option for sloped roofs – in addition to a slew of cool shingle products. Cool shingles are solar-reflective but they’re not bright white and won’t blind the neighbors. Metal roofing isn’t traditionally considered a cool roof, but it doesn’t heat up as much as asphalt. It’s also recyclable! Our friends at Global Cool Cities Alliance and the Cool Roofs Rating Council both have information on products for sloped rooftops.
*Note: The views expressed in this post are Paul’s. We do not endorse products for sloped rooftops and will not profit from this post in any way.
Paul’s Three Reason Why A Metal Roof Might Work For You
People all across the country are getting in the swing of spring. Once-deserted beaches are welcoming visitors for some fun in the sun, neighborhood pools are opening the gates, and homeowners are finally getting started on that long-awaited spring to-do list. If a remodeling project is on your itinerary, this article will introduce three reasons why a metal roof is a wise, long-term choice for savvy homeowners.
1. Metal Roofs Last Longer than Asphalt Shingles
There are metal roofs in the world that date back beyond a century. Asphalt roofs, which have an expected lifetime of only 15 years, can’t even compete. In reality, though, homeowners should expect metal roofs to last about 50 years. That’s still more than three times the longevity of asphalt roofs! So, if it’s in the budget, a metal roof is almost always a smarter investment than asphalt. But what if you plan to sell your home within the next few years? That brings us to our next point:
2. Metal Roofs Add Value to Homes
“Curb appeal” is a real-estate term that refers to the first impression buyers feel when they see a potential new home. If you really want to blow away the audience, install a sleek and economically practical metal roof. Not only will this tell buyers that you invested into the home’s infrastructure, but it will also signify that: The long-term maintenance investment will be lower, the home is more attractive overall, and energy bills will be lower. A metal roof will help you stand out from other homes on the market, which not only will speed up the sale but also could mean the home sells for a higher price.
3. Metal Roofs Are More Attractive Than Asphalt
What comes to mind when you think of asphalt? The smell of an asphalt plant? The gritty look of shingles that add absolutely nothing to the style of a home? Yes, asphalt shingles are, historically, the most popular choice for roofs. But that’s not because they look better or last longer; it’s because they’re cheaper. Just like any other investment, when it comes to installing asphalt shingles, you get what you pay for. Metal roofs, on the other hand, are now available in a range of styles, textures and colors. Single-pane roofs may be the economic choice, but when it comes to home style, a few unique design tricks can make all the difference. If you’re considering a metal roof, browse through the various shingle styles and colors. New manufacturing techniques allow for an incredible selection of styles. Popular designs include diamond-shaped shingles and those that mirror the look of slate or other unique materials. Some wonder why homeowners choose metal shingles that mimic other materials. Put simply, metal is a smart investment, but if the style you’re after isn’t the sleek look of metal panes, you can still meet your goals with custom-designed metal shingles. These will last longer, reflect heat and, ultimately, save money. Most homeowners don’t just want their roof to stand out; they want it to look sleek and match well with the surrounding homes. When choosing among metal-roof styles, consider the roofs of your neighbors’ homes and those in your community. It’s possible, then, to style your roof so it complements surrounding homes but still stands out for being sleek and innovative. For more information about the benefits of metal roofs, contact Global Home Improvement at(877) 711-9850.
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