When it comes to roofing material for your home, most roofing contractors in Ohio will tell you that there is no better way to go than installing metal roofing on your house. It’s not because metal roofing is a higher dollar product than asphalt shingling most of the time, but it’s because it is a better alternative and will last more than 5 times longer than a standard asphalt shingle application will, which in the long run, saves the homeowner a ton of money and hassle.
According to home improvement experts such as Bob Vila, “there is no material more capable of protecting a structure from wind, rain, hail, fire, or rot than a durable and energy-efficient metal roof. The initial cost to install may seem high, but a standing-seam metal roof is the least costly roof option over the life of the roof because it is virtually maintenance-free and can last 50 years or more”. A roof lasting 50 years or MORE is nothing to snort at, because standard shingle roofs can fail after 10 years or less, and may need replaced up to five times where your metal application will only have to be installed once.
A standing-seam metal roof is created from panels of metal that run vertically on the roof line. Each panel has two seams that stand up vertically and are crimped together to seal the joint and keep the elements from penetrating. A standing seam also keeps water from collecting on the surface, causing leakage.
Metal shingles look like traditional shingles, although they tend to be larger and have fewer seams. Many homeowners choose the metal shingle, felling that it adds a great deal of beauty to their home, but some prefer the sleek look of the standing seam, as well.
A metal roof is undoubtedly durable, but is also a much lighter weight product than asp[halt shingles, weighing 4-5 times less than traditional shingles. Many roofing contractors in Ohio prefer the lightweight and simple installation of the metal roof, which also saves the homeowner cost in labor and time spent.
William Hippard, president of the Metal Roofing Alliance in Seattle, Washington notes that roofing contractors all over the United States have begun to appreciate the metal roofing products for many reasons. Hippard says, “Without a doubt, metal roofs are cheaper in the long run. Many metal roofs will easily outlast any warranties that the company provides.” Warranties up to 50 years are common in the metal roofing trade, but we know of some metal roofs that have lasted over 100 years. For the longevity of a home, this product simply cannot be beat.
It used to be that metal roofing looked, well, like metal. Many people associate it with the tin roofs commonly used on barns in the northern Ohio area, but that association could not be farther from the truth. Now, many brands of metal roofing are coated with pvc in order to achieve a much more seamless blend with the colors of the homes, and they offer a wide variety of colors and looks.