Bob Vila Radio: Metal Roofs

Metal roofs appeal to homeowners not only for their improved aesthetics, but also for their strength and longevity.

By Roseann Foley Henry | Updated Nov 13, 2013 11:06 AM

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Thinking about putting a new roof over your head? Maybe a metal roof is right for you. Today’s metal roofing—whether made of steel, aluminum, or other metal—is more versatile than ever. It can be shaped to look like wood, stone, or clay to suit a range of styles. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons.


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Metal Roofs


Longevity is one benefit of metal roofing. Depending on the material, a metal roof can last for more than 50 years. This lifespan, however, needs to be weighed against its significantly higher cost. You’re unlikely to recoup this cost unless you plan to stay in your house for a long time.

Metal roofs are also durable. They won’t corrode or crack, they can withstand high winds, and some are even impact resistant. They’re particularly attractive in wooded, fire-prone regions, since they’re unlikely to ignite from stray embers. (In fact, some insurance companies offer discounts if you have a metal roof.)

Metal roofs are also eco-friendly. They can contain anywhere between 25 and 95 percent recycled materials, depending on the product. And at the end of their useful life, they’re fully recyclable.

Remember: A metal roof—or any roof—is a big-ticket investment. To ensure the greatest benefit and satisfaction, proper insulation and installation are crucial.

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