Why should you choose metal roofing? Known for its durability, strength, and attractive appearance, metal roofing is a popular option among homeowners and landlords. Metal roofing offers great value because it has a longer lifespan than traditional roofing materials.
With proper maintenance and optimal conditions, metal roofing will cover a building almost indefinitely. While shingles will need to be replaced regularly, metal roofing offers you style with savings.
Benefits of Metal Roofing
Metal roofing is one of the best choices for homeowners who are looking to invest in their home’s future without having to worry about their roofing system’s longevity. When properly installed, metal roofs can prevent leaks and even improve your home’s safety compared to other common roofing styles.
Metal Roofing Is Tough Against Adverse Weather
Metal roofing can be great for protecting your home in a variety of weather. For instance, metal roofs can help reflect a great deal of light and heat from the sun, which can keep your house cool if you live in regions that are very sunny and warm year-round – like here in South Florida! Furthermore, their slippery surfaces easily allow rain to slide off into your gutters, limiting the likelihood of leaks.
Lastly, metal roofing is very durable against hail and other projectiles that may otherwise knock off or shatter shingles on more traditional asphalt roofs. The downside to this is that metal roofing retains dents and will have to be repaired as a full sheet if you want to maintain the original look of the roof (as compared to the repair costs of a few shingles). These dents can be unsightly, but if you’re not too bothered about aesthetics, the durability that metal roofing provides may make up for any minor dents or dings.
Fire-Resistant Roofing Material
A major benefit to metal roofing is its ability to withstand fire or cinders without catching alight, which can help your home avoid burning down. Many roofing types are made of highly flammable substances or at least glued down by highly flammable adhesives. This can be very dangerous, as it can help spread a house fire.
By contrast, metal roofs are not flammable at all, and they may be great options for homeowners who are concerned about fires. Many homes in high wildfire danger areas have metal roofing to help keep them from catching flame.
How to Identify Damage to Your Metal Roofing
If you’re trying to determine whether to replace or repair your current metal roof, it is important to thoroughly inspect your roofing system for any signs of damage. Chase Roofing recommends bringing out one of our professional roofers to assess the damage and provide a complimentary estimate, as getting up on your home and inspecting your roofing by yourself can be extremely dangerous.
Leaking from Your Roof
One of the most prominent and obvious signs of damage to your metal roofing is any sort of leaking coming from your roof. Unnoticed leaks can deal a great load of damage to your home’s interior, so it may be worth bringing out an inspector if you suspect your roofing system may be failing.
You can check for leaks on your own by heading up to your attic. Using a flashlight, carefully examine the interior of your roof for any visible damage. If your roof is insulated, you may be able to track the source of the leak more easily by noticing any deteriorating insulation. The source of the leak will likely be near any moistened or damaged wood and insulation, though not necessarily right above — your roofing system may sometimes divert water from a sprung leak to elsewhere in the roof.
Seams in Your Roof
Failing seams in your metal roofing can lead to major leaks and other issues in your roof. When your roof begins to have problems, seams are often one of the first spots on the roof that show signs of wear and tear. They could pull away from the roof if they were shoddily applied and let water into your home.
Furthermore, seams on metal roofs can pose problems when high-speed winds are involved, as they can “catch” in the wind, lift off of the top of your building, and even rip whole portions of your metal roofing off.
Metal Roof Rust or Oxidation
Rust is another primary concern when it comes to metal roofing. Beyond simply being unsightly, roof oxidation can damage your roof’s ability to deflect precipitation like hail and may leave your roof particularly susceptible to leaks.
Fortunately, rusted roofs are particularly easy to spot. When trying to determine if you need metal roofing repair and replacement, look for spots of reddish-brown discoloration across the surface of your metal roof. In particular, look at areas where chimneys meet the roof or in any other location where water may stand and cause oxidation damage.
Cost of Repairing or Replacing a Metal Roof
Metal Roofing Costs Fluctuate with Materials and Sizing
Of course, there is no standard cost for a metal roofing repair and replacement job — it all depends on the materials involved in the roofing and the size of the roof, which determines the amount of metal sheeting required.
In general, metal roofing costs more upfront than other roofing materials. However, the longevity of metal roofing systems can help to mitigate costs by keeping you from having to constantly repair or re-shingle your roof.
Popular Types of Metal Roofing Materials
Aluminum Roofing Materials
Aluminum is an excellent metal roofing option for homeowners. It is generally resistant to corrosion, energy-efficient, and durable. They are often recommended for roofing on homes in coastal areas, as seawater can accelerate corrosion much faster than regular water. This can make aluminum a great option for South Florida roofing. Aluminum roofs can be crafted to look quite attractive as well, helping your new roof blend in with the pre-existing color palette of your home.
Aluminum squares may cost anywhere from $800-$1,500 per square, depending on your local metal prices. This is one of the cheaper options for when you want to replace your roof with a metal roofing system.
Copper is another great choice for metal roofing. It has a beautiful shine that can make it appealing not only as a practical choice for your roofing but as a deliberate design choice as well. Copper tends to be long-lasting and pretty low maintenance. Over time, your copper roof may develop a colorful patina. This patina can make copper corrosion resistant, as well, making it another good choice for roofing in coastal areas. However, copper roofing may be a poor choice in hail-prone regions, as it dents easily.
However, copper is one of the more expensive metal choices when it comes to roofing — a copper square can cost anywhere from $900 to $1,600.
Corrugated Metal Roofing
Corrugated metal roofing can be a great option if you are searching for a relatively inexpensive metal roofing option that is durable and often rust-resistant. The structure and coating of these roofs help them stand up to damage and allow water to roll off of them with ease.
However, corrugated roofing can also be quite unattractive and industrial in appearance since it has such a specific design. Furthermore, corrugated roofing systems often have exposed fasteners, which can increase the likelihood that this style of roofing will leak and require maintenance.
Contact Us For A Free Metal Roofing Inspection
Trying to evaluate metal roofing repair and replacement costs? Looking to change up your roof but don’t know where to start? Contact Chase Roofing today to get a free estimate on your roofing project! We can help to evaluate your needs and find the right roofing for you. If you’re looking to make the switch to metal roofing, we can help you with the first step!
In the proposal phase of our re-roofing, Chase showed a strong interest in helping with our insurance discounts and carried that to the end of the job by seeing that we had all the necessary paperwork. The job started on the day they had promised and continued straight through every workday except for fairly significant rain delays which they handled nicely. We were satisfied with the communications, maintenance of the work site, and the quality of work. We are happy to rate Chase Roofing with five stars
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Things To Consider When Shopping For A New Metal Roof
You can find matte finishes and textured designs in just about every color imaginable. Of course, you can also find the traditional silver if you want. It’s all about functionality and making a design statement.
Find a style that will match the architecture of your building. Online software can help you visualize how different metal roofs will look on your house or commercial building. Choose a handful of textures and styles, and request samples to see how they will look against your brick or siding.
The best roofing companies will give you design advice about how to realize your vision.
Metal roofing comes in a variety of materials, including steel, aluminum, copper, zinc, or an alloy of multiple metals.
There are also varying grades and thicknesses. Some materials have longer lifespans and are suited to regional weather variations.
You can choose between different stages of prefabrication. Some styles come press-formed and full-painted while others require more on-site work.
It’s important to get advice from a company you trust, one with deep roots in your community. Local companies will understand which materials and brands perform best for your area. Be sure to do business with a company that has a long track record of happy customers.
As with any product you purchase, it is important to understand what the warranty covers.
Find a company that offers long warranties that will give you peace of mind for many years.
Also, look to see what problems the warranty will cover and whether there are any out-of-pocket costs for materials, labor, or both.
A properly designed and installed metal roof can help you save money on your energy bill. Compare different materials and styles for any factors that will provide energy efficiency.
Some metal roofs can include insulating underlayment and special reflective coatings to deflect solar radiation. These materials can keep your attic cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, thus reducing your energy consumption.