A metal roof is a great investment for any home, as metal roofs usually last much longer than standard asphalt shingles, and may work better at insulating the home. In turn, the home will lose less heating and cooling throughout the year. If you're thinking of a metal roof for your home, note a few mistakes you want to avoid in its selection and installation, so you know you get the right roof and are happy with it over the lifetime of homeownership:
Not all metal is alike
You may assume that all metal roofs are alike, but the metal used for roofs will be of different materials and thicknesses, and it's important that you understand those differences when shopping. An aluminium roof won't be prone to rust and corrosion, so it's good for areas near the beach where the roof might be exposed to saltwater, or for a home in the tropics. However, steel may be stronger against hail, falling branches, debris created by storms, and other such risks of dents and dings. The thickness of each metal will also affect how well it insulates the home, so you might invest in a thicker metal in order to save on utility costs throughout the year.
Not all roofers can manage a metal roof
A metal roof is a specialty material that needs certain skills and expertise to install, so not all roofers are going to be able to manage this installation for you. To ensure your home's new roof is properly installed, be sure you choose a roofer with experience in metal roofs, rather than assuming that just any roofer can manage this work.
Skimping on other materials
Because a metal roof can sometimes be more expensive than other roofing materials, you may opt for cheap materials that go under the roof. This can be a mistake, as the insulating materials under the roof help to block the sound of rain and other exterior noise. They also absorb the impact of hail, falling tree branches, and the like, so that your new metal roof is less likely to dent and ding during strong storms, or if a tree branch should land on it. Don't skimp on these insulating materials just because you get a metal roof, but consider the roof and all its features and details an investment in your home, and purchase what is needed for its overall protection and insulation.
Contact metal roofing contractors for more information and assistance.