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Metal Roof Retrofitting: Is It Worth Your Time?

| 3/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

Suitable for use in both residential and commercial construction, metal roofs have seen explosive growth over the past few years. Although it's still a relatively recent innovation, consumers have been quick to embrace the new style and retrofit their own traditional roofs. Is it really worth your time, or is the trend of metal roofing nothing more than the latest fad?


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A New, Lightweight Material

With most metal roofs weighing approximately 100 pounds per square, the material is significantly less than standard tile or concrete roofing. The reduced weight also makes installation quicker and easier, especially considering many metal roofs are installed over preexisting, traditional structures.

One of the biggest drawbacks of today's metal roofs is the difference in pricing. Costing upwards of $200 per square, with some installations reaching as high as $600 per square, the initial project isn't financially feasible for everyone. However, the fact that your new roof will last longer with less maintenance requirements means there is a potential for some serious cash savings in the end.

An Investment in Your Future

Because traditional roofs need to be replaced every 20 to 30 years, there is quite a bit of expense involved in maintaining them. Conversely, metal roofs that have been properly installed and maintained are capable of lasting 50 years or even longer. Many homeowners will be able to install a metal roof once and never have to worry about it again.

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