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Has Your Asphalt Shingle Roof Seen Better Days? Give It A Makeover By Covering It Up With Metal

by Sara Cook

If your roof has seen better days with cracked or missing asphalt shingles, it is time to contact a roofing contractor to replace the roof with a new one. Instead of removing the shingles and installing new ones, install a metal roof instead. Below are the benefits of choosing a metal roof for your home.

May Not Have to Worry About Removal

If you replace your asphalt shingle roof with another asphalt roof, you will have to remove the old shingles first before you can lay the new ones. This results in more time and you having to pay more money to a roofing contractor.

If you choose a metal roof, you may not have to worry about removing the shingles first. If not, the roofing contractor will install the metal right on top of the asphalt shingles. This is also Eco-friendly, as you are not throwing away the old shingles.

Adds to the Aesthetics of Your Home and Increases the Value

If installed correctly, a metal roof will likely never have to be replaced, and this adds value to your home if you ever decide to sell it. Metal roofs also add aesthetics to your home, as they are available in many different colors, such as red, tan, green, gray, bronze, sandstone, and many more. What is available to you depends on the manufacturer you purchase the roof from.

Lowers Your Utility Expenses

A metal roof can lower your cooling costs in the summer months. This is because metal reflects the sun's rays so they are not absorbed into the attic and home. This will make your home feel cooler in the summer, which means your HVAC unit will not have to run as often to cool your home down. To make sure you have this benefit, tell your contractor to use an ENERGY STAR metal roof. The contractor can also put a heat reflective paint on the roof for even more reflectivity from the sun's rays.

Resistant to Fire

A metal roof has the highest fire rating: a Class A. This means it can stand up to even severe fires. This rating can be affected by the materials that are used beneath the surface, however. For example, if a metal roof is placed over a more combustible material, such as wood shingles, the roof would be given a lower rating.

Talk with your insurance company, as you may be able to save money on your premiums if you install a metal roof on your home. Contact roofing contractors in your area for more information.