Have you noticed a metal roof or two in your neighborhood? There are many surprising reasons why a homeowner would choose to have a metal roof installed over any other material. Metal roofs provide a lifetime of protection, dramatic energy savings, and are available in a variety of designs and colors to complement any style home. A metal roof can have traditional vertical seams, or be made to resemble woodshake, slate, shingles or clay tiles. Listed below are five extraordinary benefits of metal roofs.
1. Home Appreciation
In any area of the U.S., the costs of installing a metal roof can be recouped by more than 75%. In Western states specifically, the average cost of installing a metal roof is $16,906, while it raises the resale value of your home by $14,661. That’s a recoupment of 86.7% and higher than the national average.
2. Energy Efficiency and Reduced Waste
Your roofing material has a major impact on the amount of heat your house absorbs from the sun. You can saveup to 40% in air-conditioning energy costs by installing a reflective metal roof, while a highly emissive metal roof can reduce the air temperature in your home by as much as 12 ° F. In addition to cutting CO2 emissions from your HVAC system, most metal roofing systems are made of recycled material and can be installed right on top of an existing roof, but we don’t recommend that.
3. Insurance Savings
We live in an area where extreme weather, high winds and forest fires can occur from time to time. While it is obviously ideal for safety reasons, it is also useful to know that impact and fire-resistant metal roofing may qualify you for discounts on your homeowner’s insurance. Homeowners in some areas of the U.S. have been known to receive a 30% discount.
4. Life-Cycle Cost
When you go through the installation of a shake or shingle roof, it is hard to imagine having to do it all over again in 15 years or so, but that is the reality. This is not the case with a metal roof. One of the biggest reasons why people report choosing a metal roof is for the longevity of roof life. When properly installed, a metal roof can last as long as 50 years and require very little maintenance. The Kynar coatings also have low fade over it’s lifetime. Metal roofs may cost more upfront, but they are a “once-a-lifetime” purchase. Over the course of 50 years you will most like pay more for the repairs and re-installation of an asphalt roof than the initial cost of a metal roof.
5. Tax Incentives
As a part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, Congress modified and extended its energy efficiency tax credits for appliances, new homes and retrofits to existing homes. You may be eligible for a tax credit (a $500 cumulative cap) if you make or have already made energy-related improvements to your home between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013. The best way to become eligible for this credit is to install a painted or coated Energy Star® labeled metal roof and get a certification from us.