Curious about metal roofing? You're certainly not alone. Though at one time its use had been relegated to utility structures like barns and warehouses, metal roofing has rebounded in recent years, once again becoming a popular choice for residential homes. What gives?
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Well, compared to asphalt shingles (by far and away the most popular roofing material), metal boasts supreme durability. If you don't love the idea of re-roofing every 20 or 30 years-if you'd prefer to do it once and be done with it-then metal roofing is for you. Not only does the material stand up well to high winds, but its special protective coating also discourages rust.
Believe it or not, metal roofs are even considered to be eco-friendly. That's because recycled scrap metal often makes up more than a quarter of the average metal roof. Additionally, because it's possible to install metal roofing right over existing shingles, there's often less construction debris that gets dumped into a landfill.
Why doesn't everyone have a metal roof if it's so wonderful? One word: cost. For the material alone, the sticker price is higher than for most other options, and installation tends to be relatively expensive too, as the job requires special tools and know-how.
Another drawback: metal roofs can be dented by the impact of falling branches or hail. You may not even be able to walk on the roof if it's made of a softer metal like aluminum or copper. So, if you live on a woodsy lot or in a region prone to icy precipitation, focus only on the metal roofing material with the utmost strength-steel.
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