Metal Roofing costs less than Asphalt Roofing. Your roof costs you more than just the retail cost of materials and installation. When determining which style of roof, metal vs asphalt shingle, it is important to consider additional costs brought about by other influential factors like: Life-Cycle Costs, Energy Savings, and Effects on Home Resale Value.
Life Cycle Costs
Planning a roofing project for the coming season? How would you feel about having to do it all over again 10 to 15 years from now?
With metal roofing, you need not worry. Longevity is one of the top reasons consumers report choosing metal roofing for their homes. A metal roof can last as long as fifty years or more, requiring very little maintenance and looking beautiful all the while.
Since asphalt roofing needs to be replaced 2 - 4 times as often as metal roofing, you really need to multiply not only the initial cost of asphalt roofing materials but also the cost of asphalt roof repairs and re-installation man hours to compare to the typical “once-in-a-lifetime" metal roofing installation.
Energy Savings with Cool Metal Roofing
As a homeowner, you should expect that your home be built or renovated with energy-saving materials. Materials that not only secure and improve your home, but also provide long-term savings on energy bills. Metal roofing does just that, saving up to 40% of your annual household energy costs, depending on your geographical region.
The Benefits of Energy Efficient Metal Roofing
Reflective metal roofing can save your home up to 40% in summer cooling energy costs (as reported by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory). Highly emissive metal roofs can reduce urban air temperatures by as much as 12°F.
The secret to metal roofing's energy savings is in its variety of finishes. As shown above, the basic, unpainted metal roof will reflect much of the solar radiation usually absorbed in your attic and home by an asphalt roof.
For homes in warmer climates, pre-painted or granular coated metal roofing systems not only reflect solar energy but also cool your home by re-emitting most of what solar radiation is absorbed. A highly-reflective and highly emissive painted or granular-coated metal roof is optimal for reducing energy consumption and can actually re-emit up to 90% of absorbed solar radiation.
Most metal roofing is composed of recycled material and can be installed directly onto an existing asphalt roof, reducing landfill waste and promoting quick installation as well as decades of environmentally-sound, maintenance-free strength and beauty.
Did you know white-painted metal roofing has the highest solar reflectance value of any roofing product available and can save you up to 40% of your annual energy bills?
Effects on Home Resale Value
Have you thought about what will happen when its time to sell your home? This is another point in time when the decisions you make now will impact the cost and recuperation of your investment. Homes with metal roofs saw up to an astonishing 95% of the cost recouped at resale. This is not true of asphalt shingle roofs, which must be replaced and repaired more frequently.