Quick! What is the hottest trend in residential roofing today? Metal. But first let's dispel a few myths about roofs:
Myth: Metal roofs are hot and don't insulate the house as well as asphalt shingles.
Truth: Metal Roofs save money on heating and cooling bills when properly installed. Depending upon the finish of the metal and the net air space created, metal roofs reflect much of the solar radiation typically adsorbed by an asphalt roof. The result is a home that stays a more consistent temperature, which means no more wild temperature fluctuations throughout the day.
Myth: Metal roofs attract lightning.
Truth: According to the Metal Roof Alliance, a metal roof does not increase the likelihood striking your home. But if your home was hit by lightning, the metal roof disperses the energy safely throughout the structure. Besides the strike itself, the big concern with a lightning is fire. The great news is, metal roofing isn't combustible or flammable, so it's a low-risk and better option where severe weather is a concern.
Myth: Metal roofs are cost-prohibitive compared to asphalt roofs.
Truth: Metal roofs may cost more than asphalt shingles up front. However, as petroleum-based product costs go up- and asphalt shingles are petroleum-based-the cost difference is less than it was a few years ago. Typically, you can expect to pay two to four times more for asphalt shingles overtime. But if you run a pay-back analysis and figure in the annual energy savings in heating and cooling bills a metal roof can pay for itself in just few years.
Additionally, according to the Metal Roof Alliance, asphalt roofing has a higher life-cycle cost, needing replacement 2-4 times as often as metal roofing. And what happen when you claim frequent roof repairs on your homeowner's policy? So doing an apples-to-apples replacement roof comparison requires looking at all the costs: homeowner premiums, electrical costs, and warranties. Comparatively, metal roofing can be a "once-a-lifetime" installation.