I’ve come across more and more metal roofs on residential properties as of late. If you had asked me only a few years ago, I would have told you that a metal roof would probably look far too industrial for a house. I can only laugh at how little I knew back then. After coming across several metal roofs, they quickly rose up to the top of the list as my favorite type of roofing material. If you have never seen one in person, let me assure you it looks much better than you would imagine. They look sleek and modern, and unlike the cheap sheet metal roofs you find on storage sheds. Typically, residential metal roofs are made with long beams or sheets resembling tile or shingles. Often times, it is hard to tell the difference between metal and other roofing materials from the ground.
That leads me to my favorite aspect of metal roofing – they are much cooler than many other traditional roofing materials. And yes, I mean that in regards to temperature, not social status. This fact surprises many people I’ve talked to. We all know how hot metal can get when it has been sitting out under direct sunlight. However, many metal roofs have high reflective properties. This means that they do not absorb heat energy from the sun. Because of this, they help to keep your house cool during hot summer months. Metal roofs are extremely energy efficient for this reason. In addition to their durability and ease of maintenance, this has made them among one of the most growingly popular types of roofing materials available.
Before any folks who live in cold weather climates write off metal roofing though, you should know that they work just as well when it comes to absorbing heat and keeping your house warm during the winter. How? By choosing a darker paint color, your roof will absorb the energy from the sun rather than reflecting it. It works both ways, making metal roofs a versatile solution for any region.
Now before I scare you off by continuing this sales pitch on metal roofs, let’s talk about something else. I returned home yesterday to hear some bad news from my roommate. During a recent gutter cleaning, he found a worrisome amount of shingle granules in our gutters. We were hit by a big storm while I was away, and this may have caused some severe wear on our asphalt shingle roof. I’ve called my trusty roofing contractor to come take a look, but I’m prepared for the worst. Working around so many roofs, I’ve learned a thing or too and I know excessive shingle granule loss is a big problem that may come with a hefty repair or replacement bill. If a roof replacement is necessary, then I am seriously considering installing a metal roof. That’s how enamored I’ve become with them.