When you choose a roofing material for your home, aesthetics and cost should not be your only considerations. Instead, you should consider how long your roof will last and what type of weather it will have to cope with. If you want to reduce your replacement and maintenance costs down the road, then you need to choose a highly durable roofing material. Metal is a solid choice.

Metal vs. the Weather

Extreme weather can take a real toll on a roof. For example, large hailstones can puncture asphalt shingles and shatter clay tiles. Furthermore, wind can rip shingles right off your roof. By way of contrast, hailstones may dent metal roofing, but they will not be able to break or puncture it. Because metal roofing is affixed to your roof with screws, it will resist wind better than shingles. Thus, you can reduce your maintenance costs by using metal roofing.

Metal vs. Snow

Even though snow is a weather event, it deserves its own category. Most roofing materials will have a high-friction surface, which will retain any snow that falls. Metal, on the other hand, has a low-friction surface. As snow melts over the body of your roof, the meltwater will run between your roof and the body of the snow, further decreasing the friction between roof and snow. These two factors will cause snow to slough off your roof before it has a chance to build up and threaten roof collapse.

Longevity of Metal

Not only is metal a durable roofing material, but it will also last longer than many other choices. A galvanized steel roof will last for up to 120 years, whereas an asphalt-shingle roof will typically last for up to 25 years. Even though metal will cost more initially than asphalt shingles, you would have to replace asphalt shingles 4-5 times before you have to replace your metal roof even once. Thus, you can virtually eliminate replacement costs with a metal roof. 

If you do not want to worry about having to climb up to your roof to shovel snow or to make repairs, then not just any roofing material will do. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow and/or extreme weather, then you want a metal roof for your home. You will need to call in professional roof installation experts to install a metal roof, but once you have paid off your roof, you likely will not have to worry about replacing it during your lifetime and that should more than make up for the initial cost.