Over the last decade or so you have probably noticed what I like to refer to as the Green Movement. Regardless of what you are purchasing; groceries, clothes, cars or light bulbs, there is always a product that is more environmentally friendly than others. And choosing the next roof for your home is no different. What is different is that when you choose the most environmentally friendly roof on the market, you are also choosing the most cost effective roof on the market. So how do you actually save money with a metal roof?
As reported by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, installing reflective metal roofing, the same products installed by Global Home Improvements, can save homeowners up to 40% in summer cooling energy costs. Compared to asphalt shingles, which absorb a lot of heat and can be about 100 degrees hotter than their counterpart, metal roofing reflects the sun’s heat away from your home.
Not only will a metal roof keep your house cooler in the summer it can keep it warmer in the winter months as most people are surprised to learn that metal roofs are excellent insulators. A
A Remodeling Magazine study shows that homes renovated with standing seam metal roofing show a rate of 85.9% cost recouped in the National Average and a full 1 to 6% resale value gain over homes roofed with asphalt. A similar article published in 2006 by the Metal Roofing Association reports that the appraised value of a home will increase by $1.35 per square foot when a metal roof is installed.
As a homeowner you should be aware of the availability of impact-resistant UL Standard 2218 tested metal roofing and fire-resistant Class A, B and C metal roofing. Because metal roofs are non-combustible and fire resistant they are given a Class A fire rating, which can translate into a reduction on your homeowner’s insurance rate.
Long-Term Value of a Metal Roof
As a homeowner, you can expect a metal roof to last at least 2 to 3 times longer than an alternative. Depending on the pitch and climate the average life span of an asphalt roof is 12 to 20 years. Some metal roofs offer a 35 to 50 year warranty. According to a research study performed by Ducker International, a Detroit-based research organization, the life cycle cost of a metal roof is significantly less than an asphalt or single ply roof. The expected life cycle cost of metal roofs reported in the study is 30 cents per sq/ft per year while asphalt is 37 cents per sq/ft per year, and a single ply roof is 57 cents.
Certain federal, state and local tax credits may be available for Energy Star rated metal roofs with pigmented coatings. Please check with us for benefits and rebates in your area.
For more information on curved standing seam metal roofing or to set up a free in-home estimate check out globalhomeinc.com or call 888-234-2929.
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