benefits-of-metal-roofing.jpgAre you designing and building a new home? Is your old roof on its last legs?

Whatever your situation, choosing a roof is incredibly important. As the ultimate shelter to your home, you want your roof to stand up to the weather elements for as long as possible. If you’re shopping for a new roof, it’s important to know that the industry is also changing and more people are looking at metal roofing materials than ever before. If you are shopping for a new roof, here are five great reasons to consider metal.

One: Aesthetics

Chances are you’ve driven down a street or through a neighborhood and took a second look at a metal roof because it caught your eye. Metal roofs are sleek and they also come in a variety of colors and finishes. In fact, you can customize your metal roof to look like asphalt, granite, and or clay.

Two: Protection

Looks are important, but they are not everything, especially when it comes to roofing. Metal roofing materials provide excellent protection to your home. Metallic coating, typically zinc or aluminum, prevents the underlying steel from corrosion. Plus, adding a layer of paint on top of the coating provides another barrier of protection against harsh Pittsburgh weather elements.

Three: Durability

Metal roofs are very durable, standing up to all major weather elements including snow, wind, heavy rain, and hail. They are the longest-lasting material you can purchase – with a lifespan of three times that of traditional materials – making metal a worthy investment. You can expect a metal to last over 50 years.

Four: Energy Efficiency

While it may seem counter-intuitive, metal roofs actually stay cooler than the average asphalt roof. In fact, according to the Metal Roofing Alliance, installation of a metal roof can help homeowners save up to 40% in cooling energy costs. Metal roofing is composed of 30-60% of recycled material and it can be installed onto an existing asphalt roof.

Metal roofing can also qualify you for a $500 federal tax credit due to its reflective properties that reduce energy use.

Five: Affordability

To bring the benefits of metal roofing full circle, metal roofing is cost-effective. Your up-front costs may be slightly more than asphalt, but in the long run, you will save a lot of money. In addition to energy savings, metal roofs require little maintenance over time, so you don’t have to worry about patching the roof over and over again.

If you are building a new home or your existing roof is coming to the end of its lifespan, of if you just want to make a worthy home improvement this year, consider metal roofing. The metal roof experts at Legacy Remodeling in Pittsburgh can walk you through the process, and we can help you choose a roof that will add beauty and value to your home. Contact us today to start the conversation.