Long Term Savings With Metal Roofing

How Much Does a Metal Roof Save Me?

According to Houston metal roofing contractors we spoke with, though metal roofing may involve a larger up-front cost, the long-term savings are well worth it.

  • A metal roof can save up to40% on your energy bill.
  • A metal roof can get you an insurance discount of up to 30%.
  • If you decide to sell, a metal roof can recoup up to 95%.
  • A metal roof will not need the amount of maintenance of an asphalt roof.
  • A metal roof lasts at least4 times as long as an asphalt roof.

Finally, there is the “life-cycle cost”, or how much a roof will cost you over the years. A shake roof may start out at around $12,500, but after a 40-year cycle, the cost of the roof can rise to almost $45,000 when you calculate in maintenance and repairs, a yearly cost of over $800. Concrete roofing starts at around $7,000, but 40 years later it has cost almost 5 times that in maintenance and repairs, around $700 per year. Metal roofing that starts at $18,000 has risen to only around $21,000 over a 40-year span, or about $75 a year. (Note: These are not actual yearly maintenance costs. They only represent what the total maintenance and repair costs are spread out over 40 years.) To learn more about the advantages of metal roofing contact your local metal roofing contractor Houston.

Standing Seam Metal Roof

Metal Roof Myths

As metal roofs are not as prolific as asphalt, many myths have arisen about them. Here are a few, as well as the truths behind them:

“Metal roofs are noisy.” — This calls up the old image of hard rain on a corrugated tin roof. The flexibility of the corrugated tin is what makes the roof respond like a cymbal. Metal roofs are rigid and often have a sound-deadening underlayment. Some homeowners have reported that their houses are actually quieter after having a metal roof installed!

“You can’t walk on a metal roof.” — The idea behind this one is that the metal will buckle. Any roof will buckle if it doesn’t have good roof decking supporting it. Metal is as “walkable” as any roof.

“Metal rusts.” — Yes, it does, if it’s exposed and doesn’t have a galvanized coating or some other form of protection. Metal roof installers should include this in the estimate.

“Metal gets hot.” — Anything left in the sun gets hot, especially metal, asphalt, slate, or pretty much any other material used for roofing. Metal roofs can be coated with cooling colors that reflect solar heat and help keep your home comfortable. Also, metal sheds heat more efficiently than asphalt, resulting in an average of 40% savings for cooling during the summer.

“Metal makes your roof a lightning rod.” — No, height makes a lightning rod. A metal roof is no more prone to lightning strikes than an asphalt roof. There is a big difference, however; asphalt ignites. When lightning strikes something flammable, it can combust. Asphalt is petroleum based and can burst into flames. A metal roof can take the strike and may actually protect your home from lightning!

“Metal is heavy.” — While any rock music fan may agree with you, metal roofs are actually lighter than asphalt by around 50%, and lighter than slate, concrete tile, and fiber cement shakes by about 75%

Good Times

In the Good Ole  Days

Way back when I was just a pup I used to spend my days either running around getting into whatever I could find or just napping. But one fall Saturday afternoon things changed. I heard everyone in the living room hoping and hollering. I ran in to see what it was all about. The announcer on  the TV screamed “Here Come The Irish” and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame were running out of that tunnel. Oh, I had seen football before but this was different. Everyone was so excited and those boys in the shining gold helmets were so beautiful. That fight song had me jumpin’ and barking.  Unfortunately, the Irish were defeated by the Longhorns.

Outlaw Pete

Eating Barbecue

Sometimes some of the fellas watching the games here drink beer and eat barbecue during the game, me, I eat some barbecue, there’s plenty laying around for me to pick off, but I just drink water. With all the yelling and screaming it gets louder than a hail storm on a metal roof.

How It used To Be

Around here I hear a lot about Ole Roc, Leahy, Ara, and Holtz. Sometimes I get to watch films of those old games. Some are black and white so it’s harder for me to make out, but I can tell by the way everyone acts those were really great coaches and players. Some of the favorites around here from the old days are Lujack, Lattner, Lynch, Duranko, Montana, Eddie, Brown, Zorich, and Ismael.

Tough Times

These days it seems the Irish are going through some tough times You know I wasn’t around when they were at the top but if today’s excitement is a barometer I can’t imagine what it will be like when they start winning again.  Whatever it’s like I’ll be right in the middle of it. Of course even I can see, from the looks of things this year it may take a while. I just hope I live long enough to see it. Me, I’ll be right in front of that 60inch TV when the announcer screams, “Here Come The Irish”.