Benefits of a New Metal Roof
Farm houses and outbuildings, commercial businesses, historic focal points and post-modern ranches – all of them can look great with a brand-new metal roof, and customers can reap the nearly no-maintenance benefits once it’s installed. But which one will work best for your customers and why? Here are a few tips to know when talking about metal roofing choices:
Copper has been used for thousands of years as a roofing material. The greenish patina is a familiar site on European buildings and estates, and copper may be the longest lasting roofing material on the market. The cost, however, is what keeps it as an accent material, such as over bay windows or on turret caps only. For example, the price for copper materials – without labor – can range from $900-$1400 a square foot. Steel seamed roofing, in contrast, costs approximately $300 a square foot.
Aluminum is also another excellent choice for roofing, especially in coastal areas where salt spray can cause corrosion. It’s long-lasting, durable and lightweight. Aluminum doesn’t need to have a protective coating over it, but often it will be painted in high-quality paint. Customers can usually choose from more than 100 different colors, too.
Both copper and aluminum can last up to 100 years, making them once-in-a-lifetime roofs. And when figuring a net cost per year, these materials are well worth their hefty price tags for owners….but assuming your customers aren’t made of money, there are some less expensive choices that offer plenty of longevity as well.
Gavalume is a zinc- and aluminum-coated steel product that works great for homes or businesses that are inland or well-protected against salt spray. The material’s pricing ranges toward the lower end of the spectrum for metal roofing, lightweight and often includes up to 80% recycled materials. It’s used in standing seam roofing vertical panels, as well as metal shingles. The life expectancy of Gavalume is around 50 years, carrying a 30-50 year warranty from the manufacturer.
Although the vertical panels are what most people imagine when thinking of metal roofing, metal shingles are also available. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, often mimicking more exotic or expensive slate, cedar or clay shingles. The production is often so close that even experts have a hard time seeing the difference. Customers get the look they want at a fraction of the cost, and still have a nearly maintenance-free roof.
The bottom line is that metal roofing can be the last roof a home or business owner ever has to consider. The longevity alone can quickly offset price objections, especially when the cost is spread out over the decades, and it can add thousands to their resale value. Overall, a metal roof is a great investment all the way around.