Although metal roofing has been around a long time, its cost has been prohibitively expensive. While Colonial America did use some metals for roofing, only the very wealthy could afford it. Typically, the average homeowner used wood shingles for roofing. Then, starting in the 1800s, roofers coated fabric with pine tar, then coal tar and eventually asphalt replaced the wood.
Still, over the years, metal roof manufacturers continued to make advancements. While steel is one of the least expensive metals, it’s also susceptible to corrosion. As early as 1742, metallurgists were experimenting with a zinc coating to resist rusting. However, it wasn’t until 1836 that manufacturers began producing galvanized steel on a larger scale. It was also around this time that stronger corrugated steel became available. This new roofing material fueled the settling of farmland, development of the frontier and the Gold Rush in the U.S.
Then in the early 1960s, the industry brought advancement in styles and color choices. Continued improvement in protective coatings and additional color choices have fed the growth in residential housing. In recent years, metal roof products have achieved double-digit market share growth.
Yet, with the continued growth comes the dilemma of finding a qualified metal roof contractor. Shingle and metal roofs require different types of installation so it’s important to choose one with metal roof experience. Xterior LLC, a home improvement contractor with over 45 years of combined experience, is one such company. Providing extensive warranties and 100% satisfaction, we want to be your roofing contractor.
While metal roofs are expensive, metal panel roofing outlasts asphalt shingles by a significant margin. Lasting 40-70 years or more, you’ll be replacing your asphalt roof several times before you need to replace your metal roof. Outstanding durability also means you’ll be replacing your metal panels less often. Also, if you live in an area with frequent hurricanes, many manufacturers offer warranties covering winds up to 140 mph.
Unfortunately, a common myth is that metal panel roofs absorb heat from the sun making your home hotter. Whereas asphalt and slate will get hot in the sun, metal panels actually reflect solar heat. Thus, you may see a reduction of 10-25% in your cooling costs. Finally, many insurance companies will reduce your homeowner’s premium because of the reduced risk of claims. In some states, like Texas, a metal roof can even lower your homeowner’s insurance by up to 35%.
Other important benefits include safety and environmental aspects. In case of fire or thunderstorm, metal panels won’t spark or ignite into flames. And in a world where eco-friendly choices are increasingly important, a metal roof is the green choice. Containing 25-95% of recycled content, this roofing is also 100% recyclable at the end of its life.
One of the most common concerns with any major home renovation is the cost. And while it’s best to get an estimate tailored to your particular home, there are some typical factors. First is the size or square footage of your home. To get a rough estimate, you can use one of many online calculators. However, you need to include the slope of your roof in your calculations as steeper slopes are more expensive. Additionally, the architectural shape of roofs with many angles or dormers requires more labor.
Next, you need to factor in materials or the type of metal and style of the panel. Notably, metal prices run from the less expensive galvanized steel to the higher price of copper. Furthermore, manufacturers price metal panels according to the gauge or thickness. The smaller the gauge number, the thicker the panel or shingle and the more expensive. Also, there is a variance in price for different styles. Homeowners can choose from styles that mimic slate, clay, shake, and asphalt shingles. Standing-seam installation is another option. Each carries its own price tag.
It’s no surprise that people have used metal roofing for centuries; its longevity and durability are unmatched. But quality materials are only part of the equation, you also need an installation by a qualified contractor. And Xterior provides both. First, we get our roofing materials from ABC Supply Co. Inc, the largest wholesale distributor of roofing in the US. Second, our years of experience coupled with the use of the latest technology assures you of a long-lasting roof.
Plus, we offer many financing options like 0% down, low monthly payments or 0% interest rate. We’ll even find financing for you, no matter your credit score. Additionally, we offer discounts to military families, seniors, teachers, and first responders. So, give us a call today at 336-329-3667 for a free no-obligation quote. Because nothing can protect your home like a metal roof.