When deciding how you want to outfit your home, you’re going to need to balance function and aesthetics. This is especially important for the exterior. What material should your roof be? Out of all of the available options, metal carries certain unique advantages.
There are many common practices in the modern home renovation industry that can be ecologically harmful. People want luxury – and there’s nothing wrong with that. But often it comes at the expense of the environment, atmosphere, and earth. Lawns are a great example. First created as a sign of extravagant wealth in the time of royalty, lawns are hard to maintain and lack the biodiversity to remain strong. A thriving garden, on the other hand, is a far better alternative. A metal roof is similar. Why? One word: recyclable. A metal roof can be constructed from old metal and can be deconstructed and reused at the end of its life. No other roofing material can be used quite as easily.
While most roofs only last for 15 to 30 years, metal roofs can last for as long as 50 years or more. This means no more having to spend money on repairs every few years to maintain the quality of the structure. They are also stronger. They do not corrode or rust, even after decades, and they are resistant to storms and winds. This is only true within reason, of course, but such is the case for every roofing material. While luxury ceramic tiles may look better (according to the opinion of some), they are also expensive to replace and fall apart much more frequently.
It’s not that metal roofs are cheaper than other roof materials. In fact, the opposite is true: metal roofs tend to be more expensive because of their high durability. However, you may find that metal roofing saves you money in unexpected ways. First of all, it’s easier and cheaper to maintain, which certainly adds up over decades of homeowning. It also is easy and cheap to install, since it can often be installed directly over a previous roof without any necessity of removal. And lastly, it saves on energy – the metal will reflect heat in the summer and will help insulate in the winter, thus cheapening your energy bill.
Metal roofs often get overlooked when people are shopping for roofing material. This might be because it’s considered to be less aesthetically pleasing than other materials – and it’s more expensive, too. But don’t overlook all of the advantages that a metal roof brings!
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