Historically, the standard roofing material for midwestern homes has been asphalt shingles, which are affordable, easy to install and last up to 20 years. They provide a traditional aesthetic that fits the desires of homeowners, who until recently, haven’t thought twice about having other options for their home’s roof. However, metal roofing is growing in popularity throughout the Midwest, and for good reason.
While asphalt shakes and shingles last up to 20 years, metal roofing is designed to last at least twice as long, if not longer. This can mean moving into your home, installing a metal roof, and potentially never having to replace the roof again while you live there – check that off as one less thing you have to worry about.
Part of the reason metal roofs can last upwards of 70 years is that the material is much more durable than asphalt or wood. When installed properly, they can withstand harsh wind gusts and tornados, along with hailstorms and heavy rains. Metal is corrosion and fire-resistant, so you won’t need to worry about damages from lightning strikes. Metal roofs are engineered to protect your home and family.
- Energy Efficiency
While materials such as asphalt naturally absorb heat, metal actually reflects UV rays, keeping your home cooler and more energy efficient. This means during the sweltering summers, your metal roof is reducing the amount of time you have to run your air conditioning, saving you money without having to do a thing.
- Environmentally Friendly
Metal roofs are composed of 65% recyclable material, so you can reduce your environmental footprint by installing one on your home. Additionally, metal roofs can be installed right on top of a pre-existing roof, reducing the waste of tossing the old roofing material in the landfill. And, should there be excess material after installation, it is completely recyclable.
- Low Maintenance
Along with the 50+ year lifespan and ultimate durability, metal roofs require little if no maintenance, which includes repainting. Certainly, you can expect touch-ups here and there, along with routine inspection, but the investment up front will allow you to enjoy all the benefits of metal roofing without excessive upkeep.