Metal roofing is a good choice for agricultural, commercial, and residential buildings. It protects against many threats and it lasts a long time. Plus, a metal roof is attractive. Here's why a metal roof is a good choice no matter what climate you live in or what type of architecture your home has.
Metal Provides Superior Protection Against Fire
Most high-quality roofing is fire-resistant and metal is no exception. Metal won't combust, so it offers protection from flying bits of burning debris or embers. This makes metal a good choice no matter where you live, but particularly if you live where wildfires break out occasionally.
Metal Protects Against Hail Damage
Asphalt roofs can be destroyed by hail. Slate and clay tile roofs can be cracked and badly damaged. Hail roofs can be dented, but the roof may not need to be replaced because of the risk of leaking.
Your insurance might even give you a discount for having a metal roof if you live in an area that sees a lot of hail. However, you'll need to meet the requirements by buying metal panels with a high impact rating.
Metal Roofing Has Different Looks
One of the reasons a metal roof fits all kinds of architectural styles is that the panels themselves come in different styles and colors. As long as the roof is sloped enough that rain rolls toward the edge or to a drain, a metal roof can usually be installed. Metal roofs come in panels and shingles, so a roof with an odd shape can still get a metal roof if smaller shingles are used.
Metal roofing comes in different price ranges too. Some types are very affordable and used for agricultural use where looks aren't as important. At the other end of the scale is copper roofing. A copper roof is one of the more expensive and luxurious roofs that work well on luxury homes or historic buildings. Middle-of-the-range homes can choose standing-seam roofing that has an attractive design and comes in many colors.
Metal Roofs Don't Require A Lot Of Care
Of course, you'll need to have your roof checked occasionally and make repairs when they're needed, but since metal is so durable, frequent repairs may not be needed due to wind damage, animal activity, or sun exposure. It's possible for a metal roof to leak, but if you take good care of the panels, the risk of leaking is much lower. You might want to clean the roof occasionally, especially if you live on the coast where salt is in the air, but you shouldn't have to deal with a lot of maintenance, especially when compared to an asphalt shingle roof.
Contact a local roofing service to learn more.