When Is a Metal Roof the Right Choice for Your Home?

A metal roof is often one of the more expensive choices when it comes to roofing materials, but it can also be well worth that added investment. Metal is very durable, more so than many other materials, and also offers other advantages that you won't find with asphalt shingles, wood or slate tiles. Note a few of those advantages here and why it might be recommended that you opt for a metal roof for your home in particular.

Older home

You may wonder why an older home would justify the expense of a metal roof, but note that metal is one of the lightest roofing materials you can choose. This allows you to add that metal roof over your home's current roof, without added weight that could damage an older home's framework. Also, by adding the metal roof over the current roof, you don't need to tear off the current tiles and risk damaging old and worn roofing materials. A new metal roof can also make an older and unsightly home look fresh and new, immediately improving its appearance.

Long-term ownership

If you might put your home on the real estate market anytime soon, you might invest in a new roof, but choose the most affordable option, so that you don't overspend on improving a home that you won't be living in for long. However, if you plan on long-term ownership of your house, consider the durability and longevity of a metal roof, as it can last for decades longer than asphalt shingles. You can then add a metal roof and potentially not need to worry about roof replacement again in your lifetime!

Fire and insect resistance

Consider the climate in which you live and how it may affect your home's roof; for example, if your area has lots of storms, your roof might be prone to lightning strikes. A metal roof can protect your home from a potential fire in those cases, or if there is any added risk of a house fire.

The same is true if your area is very humid, as added humidity can mean more risk of insect infestation in the home. Those pests look for a water source, not just a food source, and if the home's framework collects moisture and humidity, your home may soon see termites, ants, and other such pests. However, because metal is impervious to water absorption and makes a poor host to pests, a metal roof can protect your home from this added risk of infestation.