Metal’s Curb Appeal Metal Roofing Benefits
Home AppreciationIf you’re like most homeowners, you want to maximize the resale value of your property. Re-roofing with metal has been proven to increase your home’s value. As reported in Remodeling Magazine, re-roofing with a standing seam metal roof provides a better return on investment than simply replacing the asphalt shingles. Depending on your specific area, a metal roof will typically add 1% to 6% to your home’s resale value. The highest home appreciation gains for metal roofing upgrades occur along the east coast states.
Stays Looking New, LongerSure, metal roofs are durable and last a long time. But how do they actually look after a couple decades of wear? The good news is that this is one of the areas where metal roofs really excel. Union’s 40 Year and Lifetime series paint systems carry warranties on color fade, chalking, and film integrity of at least 25 years. Warranties for appearance on other types of roofing products are virtually unheard of, so you’re usually on your own when the roof’s looks begin to deteriorate.
Another advantage that’s often overlooked is metal’s inherent resistance to staining from mold, mildew, and airborne algae. If you live in a humid climate, you’ve probably seen the unsightly black staining that often occurs on asphalt shingle roofs after a few years. This phenomenon is caused by airborne algae that collect on the roof and then grow in moist areas, producing stains that look like black streaks. Since asphalt shingles can absorb moisture and stay damp for extended periods of time, they can create a fertile environment for the growth of these and other microorganisms. Metal roofs are very resistant to this type of staining for several reasons. First, the smooth, hard surfaces of metal roofs make if difficult for airborne debris, dust, and plant materials to collect. Also, metal roofs don’t absorb water, eliminating the damp, fertile, environment that can lead to growth. Finally, metal roofs can be thoroughly cleaned without risking damage to the roof.