We want to focus on the buyer and the individual characteristics that might make them a good fit for a metal roof.
You don’t want to ever buy or replace another roof
It’s one of the most common reasons we hear from buyers of metal roofing: They don’t want to buy another roof in their lifetime. It’s true that metal roofs are more expensive in the short-term as a one-time expense, but it actually becomes the more cost-effective solution in the long run because it won’t require replacement for at least 50 years or more. So if you’re planning to stay in the home or building you currently inhabit, buying a metal roof ensures that you won’t be buying a new replacement roof every 10 to 15 years.
You want the best protection for your home and your loved ones
The people and the memories on the inside of your home are priceless and unable to be replaced. A leak or fire originating from the roof on a home can spell disaster in more ways than anyone could imagine. This is why it’s so important to be cognizant of how different roofing materials perform and are tested to resist against potential hazards.
Bias aside, a metal roof is one of the most protective options to use as your roof because:
• Most metal roofing is Class A fire-rated and noncombustible, making it the most resistant to catching on fire (your installer should confirm this with local building codes prior to installation).
• Many metal roofing materials are given a Class 4 UL 2218 rating, which means it won’t puncture or damage the metal during a hail storm consisting of at least 2-inch diameter hailstones.
• Reputable metal companies put their panels through additional testing to further measure its safety and performance, including wind uplift tests (UL 580), water penetration tests, and air infiltration tests.
• Metal roofing actually weighs less than traditional asphalt shingle roofing or concrete tiles and puts less stress on the structure of a home over time.
All of these tests and facts sum up to metal roofing doing one thing: Protecting everyone and everything on the inside.
You want to get the most out of your investment
As mentioned, a metal roof is an expensive investment that you want to benefit greatly from. Since metal roofing lasts longer and has a higher one-time cost in the short run, a building or home with a metal roof has an increased property value (typically anywhere from 1 to 6% higher). This can also contribute to how easy it is to resell a structure, especially if the roof is in good condition and wouldn’t need to be replaced by new owners. This can come in handy if you plan to put your home or building on the market.
Additionally, metal roofing can lower home insurance premiums because metal is much less likely to fail from fire, high winds, and wind-driven rain damage than other types of roofing. On the contrary, insurance could also be more expensive because the roof itself is worth more and would make any replacements higher for the insurance company to cover. There are a lot of other factors that play into the cost of insurance, such as location and other problem-causing risks, which should be discussed with the insurance company.
You are worried about extreme weather events damaging your roof
Weather events are unpredictable, but the best you can do is prepare ahead of time by purchasing exterior products with designed and tested durability; one of which is a metal roof. If you know you live in a high wind zone, a place with high snow or rainfall patterns, or a region threatened by hurricanes or tornadoes, it might be the best choice to buy a metal roof that can withstand the elements far better than other materials.
You want your roof to be a brighter or more vivid color
Metal roofing is a very popular option because it's available in virtually any color. Metal coil manufacturers partner with reputable paint companies, such as Valspar (Sherwin-Williams) or PPG, that develop paint systems specifically designed for metal panels. In addition to the variety of color options, these paint systems are thoroughly tested in a real outdoor environment to ensure it can last decades, which is why trusted metal roofs are backed by paint warranties.
You want a sustainable, eco-friendly roof
There’s no doubt that metal roofing is one of the most eco-friendly options in roofing. This applies in a number of ways:
• Metal roofing materials are highly recyclable, meaning leftover pieces, tear-off panels, or damaged parts can be recycled for future use.
• Metal coils and sheets are often made of previously recycled or re-used metal.
• Metal roofing has the option for a highly reflective color/finish and therefore a higher Solar Reflectance Index (SRI). SRI refers to how reflective a surface is of the sun’s rays, which allows the material, or metal panels in this case, to absorb less heat from the sun exposure. A higher SRI could lead to savings on energy bills.
You want more time between maintenance responsibilities on your roof
The level of upkeep needed to maintain a metal roof is generally limited. This is especially true if the roof was correctly installed to eliminate any of the common problems associated with metal roofing. General upkeep would include looking for leaves, branches, and other debris that could get stuck on the roof and in the gutters around once or twice a year and after strong storms.
Wrapping it all up
Knowing if a metal roof is the best choice for you can be easy for some and difficult for others. But doing your research and knowing what to look for can shorten the process and lead to important discussions that could help you decide what type of roof may be best for you.
To help determine if a metal roof is the best choice for your home or business, start by asking yourself these questions:
• What is the worst-case scenario weather event that could affect my home or building?
• What is the most amount of money I am comfortable spending on a metal roof?
• Does my roof have simple planes and minimal penetration points? Or is it more angular with potential dead valleys and numerous penetration spots?
• How does a metal roof change the cost of my homeowner’s insurance? • If I did choose a metal roof, what do I want the end-product to look like?
• How valuable or irreplaceable are the items inside my home or building?
From there, you should be able to get a good idea if a metal roof is the best material for your roofing project.