Whether you’re designing a new home or thinking about having your current house re-roofed, you have plenty of options to choose from. Perhaps the most frequent material choices are terracotta tiles and concrete, both of which lend themselves to quite a traditional look. However, you may also wish to consider something a little more contemporary.
Enter metal roofing. A versatile and varied material, metal holds many potential advantages for you and your home. It may work out to be more of an upfront investment than traditional materials, but if you like the style of it, then it’s definitely worth the cost — and, in fact, might work out better for your budget in the long run. Here’s why.
Terracotta and concrete are both durable in their own right. They wouldn’t be used for roofing at all if they weren’t — but there’s no question about it. Metal stands head and shoulders above both its competitors.
To put it plainly, a well-constructed metal roof can last up to 100 years. The advantage of this is obvious. Unless you choose to replace it on your own terms, you will almost certainly not need to re-roof your home again. You can also maintain metal very easily, especially if it’s coated.
Naturally, specific individual metals will fare differently, but they are still universally stronger than other roofing options.
Metal is an extremely effective insulator. As such, metal roofing can reflect heat away from your building and trap cool air inside. This reduces the strain on your air conditioning system with surprising efficacy. One study has even suggested that metal roofs could create up to a 50% reduction in your energy usage.
Eco-friendliness aside, that’s an excellent bonus for your household finances.
The fact that metal roofs are so durable contributes to this, too. Because, as discussed, you won’t need to replace your roof again, there’ll be no further energy expenditure on crafting new materials and no wasted resources. Equally, once the roof has reached the end of its life, you can easily recycle it.
Of course, appearances are entirely subjective, and it may be that some households prefer a more traditional look — however, the freshness and creativity of modern metal roofing are undeniable.
Eschewing traditional shapes, designers who are inspired by metal as a material have created some intriguing geometric roof styles. Both subtle and striking, these can add an unobtrusive element of style to any home — all without losing any functionality.
That being said, using metal as a material gives your roof quite a modern look to begin with. As such, if you prefer a traditionally-shaped roof, you will still be getting a sleek and sophisticated look for your building that’s remarkably different to terracotta tile.
You also have lots of options with regards to colour, as metal is easily painted. You can achieve a modern effect this way, too.
Even though tile and concrete are moving to catch up in some ways — solar-enabled terracotta tiles are available in some instances now, and the breadth of technology available will only widen with time — if you’re looking for something that’s good-looking, easy to maintain and durable, then metal is likely to be your best bet.
It will give you the widest possible selection of colour options, along with a choice of specific metals — and you will also be making a selection which brings down your household bills over time and negates the need for expensive future repairs.
It’s a smart decision in the long term, and one we’d love to help you with. If you’re interested in discussing a roof for your home then contact Roof Tek. We’ll be more than happy to talk through your options with you.