When you build a new home, you get the opportunity to choose every detail of your home to make sure that it is just how you want it. One critical detail is your roof. Not only is your roof exposed to the full fury of adverse weather, but your roof can dramatically increase or decrease your cooling costs. In terms of durability and cutting cooling costs, metal roofing is a smart choice.
Weather events such as hail or snow can wreak havoc on a roof. Hail can puncture holes in your roof or scrape off the granules that protect your roof from the sun's UV rays. Once these granules are gone, the sun can dry out your roofing, making it brittle and prone to cracking. Snow brings its own risks. Snow that melts over the body of your roof can freeze over the eaves, and as the ice builds up on your eaves, it can cause water to leak under the loose end of shingles. Metal roofing will hold up to hail and high winds. Also, the low-friction surface will allow snow to slide off of your roof before it has a chance to build up and create ice dams.
Some roofing products can last for twenty years or less. In contrast a galvanized steel roof can last for sixty years, and a copper roof can last indefinitely. A metal roof might even last longer than you are in your home. In any case, replacing your roof less often will save you money.
Asphalt roofing can absorb heat from the sun, and the more heat your roofing absorbs, the more your AC unit has to work to keep your home cool. Metal roofing is naturally reflective, and as it reflects the sun's energy back into the atmosphere, it will help to keep your home cool. In fact, a metal roof can reduce your cooling costs by up to 40%. The amount of money you save on cooling will help to offset the cost of a metal roof, which tends to be higher than asphalt roofing.
While you often see asphalt shingles on houses, the popularity of shingles has less to do with their superior performance and more to do with their lower cost. If you want to get a lot of value for your money, you should stray away from the shingle-strewn path. Metal roofing can add value to your home as it saves you money on maintenance, repair, and cooling costs. If you're looking to get a new home constructed, visit Lacrosse Homes.