Starting to notice metal roofs popping up in your area? Well, you can go ahead and get used to it. Metal is going to be big this year. As a Columbus roofing company, we’re seeing the demand rise with some real consistency. So if you’ve been bitten by the metal roofing bug and you want to learn more, here are a few things to consider.
What are the reasons this year will see a surge in metal roofing purchases? Well, those reasons include the fact that the need for major metal roof repair is a rarity, the inexpensive cost of DIY metal roof repair when it does happen, and most importantly… how stunningly beautiful metal roofing looks when properly installed on the right home.
The Primary Downside of Metal
Before we get too carried away, however, let’s take a look at the other side of things. The list of benefits for installing a metal roof on your home may be numerous, but there’s at least one downside, and that is the price. Using metal costs 2-3 times more than installing the more traditional roofing options. But if you don’t mind spending the money, it’s pretty tough to make a good case against metal roofing.. unless you live in Texas, but we’ll get to that.
Metal Roof Repair is a Rarity
If you’re worried about the damage a storm could do to your new metal roofing, you probably don’t need to be. Unless you live in Texas, that is… Why Texas? Well, let’s take a step back. While the best traditional roofing shingles are extremely resistant to the elements, The Spruce points out that metal takes weather-resistance to a whole new level. That includes resistance to “fire, rot, and insect damage.” But this roofing material does have one very real kryptonite. And that is hail.
GPro crews install metal roofing here in Columbus, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan where hail isn’t quite as common. Although it certainly happens, we don’t have an overwhelming amount of hail damage to roofs here. But if you find yourself down in the Lone Star State or Kansas, where instances of major hail damage are far more common, you may want to stick to more traditional roofing.
Metal Roofing Lasts For Ages
With proper installation, your metal roof will be around for a hell of a long time. Atlas Roofing recommends using one of four underlayments as a first layer: These are 1. Asphalt-saturated felt 2. Engineered asphalt-saturated felt 3. Synthetic underlayment and 4. Peel and stick underlayment
Of course, this is just the first step in installation, but with a good, water-proof foundation and an experienced metal roofing crew, you can rest assured that your new roof will cover you for the long run.
Low Roof Leak Repair Cost
Have you ever kicked back in your favorite chair with a good book and felt a drip on your head? If so, you know the sinking feeling that goes with realizing your roof has a leak. This usually means calling out a roofing contractor and forking over a hefty chunk of change. Well, not so with metal roofs. Because (assuming you can safely access your roof) it’s a pretty simple fix.
The Flat Roof Doctor loves turbo poly seal for covering up a metal roofing seam. As the video above demonstrates, turbo poly seal is better than the seal that tar creates because it will NEVER crack. That added security sounds pretty nice, eh? The best part about this, however, is that it isn’t going to set you back a lot. At the price of a can of paint (granted, a higher-end can of paint), you can bet that if something does manage to break through your metal roof’s seam, the roof leak repair cost will be pretty reasonable, provided you’re willing and able to get up there with a tube of turbo poly seal!
Metal Roofs Are Downright Beautiful
As my girlfriend has silently taught me over the years, it’s hard to argue with beauty. The minute you see your metal roof in all its glory, you’re going to have a similar realization. There really is something stunning about the stark, industrial aesthetic, and as metal roofs continue to rise in popularity, we expect you’ll be very happy with the investment should you choose to make it.
Questions About Your Roof?
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