Metal roofing has seen a surge in popularity in the Northeast in recent years. Due to the fact that metal roofs have a longer life (usually double that of asphalt roofs), offer a cooler surface that can prevent ice dams, and have the trendy look of standing seam metal, more and more homeowners are choosing metal roofs for houses.
However, many consumers experience a bit of sticker shock when they first get a quote for a metal roof. Depending on the size and type of home they have, homeowners can expect to pay at least double for a metal roof as they would for asphalt. If you’re not expecting that, it can be easy to get discouraged and go with the less expensive asphalt option.
Before you make a decision, it’s important to look into why metal costs so much more than asphalt. After you have all the facts, you can make an informed decision regarding which option is better for you and your family.
Why Metal Roofs Are More Expensive
We fabricate them on-site.
At Horch Roofing, we know our metal roofs are of the highest quality because we fabricate them right at our location in Warren, Maine. This ensures quality control and guarantees that only the very best material and craftsmanship go into your roof.
The application takes more time.
We take great care in putting on your new metal roof and the process is a longer one than that of applying an asphalt product. This added manpower increases the cost of the roof, but you can be assured of its proper application.
Metal roofs last longer.
Though many asphalt roofs now carry a “lifetime guarantee,” they are actually only expected to last for as long as you own the home (approximately 20-25 years). Metal roofs, in comparison, can last 50 years or more and are virtually maintenance-free. If you plan on staying in your home for more than 20 years or want to increase your resale appeal, a metal roof is the way to go.
They are more energy efficient.
Metal roofs reflect sunlight rather than absorb it, making them much more energy efficient than their asphalt counterparts. During Maine’s cold winters, metal roofs also provide a surface that more easily sheds snow, which prevents damaging ice dams.
When choosing a roof for your home, it’s important to work with a professional roofer in Maine who can answer all of your questions and help guide you in making the right decision for your needs. Metal roofs are excellent options for homeowners who are willing to invest more to get a quality product that will truly last a lifetime. If you have any questions about residential roofing or would like more information on a new roof or roof repair, please feel free to contact one of our knowledgeable team members.