A Simple Guide to Metal Roof Tiles and Panels

When we talk about metal roofs, most property owners assume that they are a great for commercial or agricultural buildings and nothing more. Many people aren’t even aware that metal roofs are an option in residential areas, but in some cases, they can be the perfect fit. We’re going to take a look and see if that's the case for you!

Metal roofing structures can actually mimic other roof types very well, and it’s not always obvious right away that a house even has a metal roof on it at all. Metal roof tiles are just that — tiles. Metal roof panels are also as the name would suggest — panels of metal that come in segments that are up to twenty feet in length, and usually around 15 to 20 inches in width. This means that longer buildings can have one seamless length of roof, reducing the chances of leaks and little gaps.

If you want a roof that’s going to last for years and years to come, a metal one will serve you well. Some manufacturers of metal roofs even offer a LIFETIME warranty for their materials, which is quite staggering when you consider that a typical, low-cost asphalt roof might only be guaranteed for ten or fifteen years. Unlike wood shake and shingle roofs, metal roofs offer much more fire resistance, and they’re also pretty good at handling wet weather, hot weather, and even high winds. Things might get a little noisy when hail or heavy rain happens, but when installed properly, by a licensed roofer who knows what he or she is doing, you should find that things aren’t too noisy.

Alongside being durable and long-lasting, metal roofs are also pretty low-maintenance, and they’re one of the fastest roofing types to install from start to finish. And as if the list of benefits weren’t long enough, this roof type can save you a fortune on your energy bills during the summer if you can’t live without air conditioning!

There aren’t many cons to choosing a metal roof, but one of the obvious downsides is that they are usually more expensive to install than other common types, such as asphalt shingles. If an asphalt roof would cost you $8,000, a metal one would set you back close to double that … and sometimes more. A metal roof should be thought of as an investment.

Although maintenance is minimal with this type of roof, you must still make sure that moss, leaves and other debris is removed as soon as it starts to build up. Although being a slightly more expensive roof option, there are a string of benefits attached to this type. If you’re interested in learning more, or would like to book a home assessment to see if your home would be a good fit for an investment metal roof, get in touch with us!

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