Metal roofing is gaining a lot of steam in the residential roofing market here in the Mpls/St. Paul metro area. Here are a couple of thoughts as to why:
1. Many metal roofs are Energy Star Rated, meaning that installation of a new metal roof will help with your heating and cooling utilities. As of 2013, there is a federal tax credit (Federal Tax Credit for Energy Star rated metal roofs) if an Energy Star product is used on the roof. See more at Energy Star for Roofing Materials
2. Metal roofs are guaranteed for 50 years. Most asphalt shingles are labeled as 30 year shingles, but often last only 15-20 years due to Minnesota’s extreme weather. You could replace your asphalt roof 1-3 times in the next 50 years.
3. Metal roofs are classified as Class 4 impact resistant. Meaning that a bunch of scientists in a laboratory shot different sized objects at a high rate of speed as to simulate the size and speed of hail damage on a roof. Class 4 gets the highest grade as impact resistant where most insurance companies are offering discounts on your yearly homeowner’s insurance premium if you have a Class 4 roof. State Farm and American Family insurance have been notifying people about a discount in the 10-20% range.
4. Metal roofs are quiet. A recent study showed that the sound of rain on a metal roof is quieter than a normal conversation between two people and a little louder than a soft whisper. Metal roofs have no noticeable sound difference than having an asphalt shingle roof, so no need to worry.
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