If your North Carolina or South Carolina home needs a new roof, you’ve probably begun researching all of the roofing material options that are currently available to homeowners. If it’s been many years since you last had a roof installed — or if you still have the roof that a previous homeowner put on your residence — you might not be aware of all of the current trends in the roofing industry.
One major trend is that homeowners are moving away from asphalt shingles and choosing other materials instead. It is important to note that asphalt shingles remain the most popular roofing material in the United States, but other products are rising in popularity every year. One of the materials that is being used with increasing frequency is metal.
“Metal?” you might be thinking, “Isn’t that for barns and warehouses?” Once upon a time, the answer to your question would have been, “Yes.” Nowadays, however, many manufacturers are crafting metal roof product lines, especially for residential use. Here, we take a look at what you need to know before you invest in metal roofing for your Carolina residence.
Metal roofing is incredibly durable
Modern asphalt shingles are often rated to last for somewhere between 20 and 25 years. However, in many cases, this roofing material needs to be replaced before that amount of time has passed — storm damage, including hurricane damage in the coastal Carolinas, and other incidents can leave asphalt shingles beyond repair.
Metal roofing, on the other hand, often comes with a 50-year manufacturer’s warranty, meaning that most homeowners never actually have to pay to have their roofs replaced. Furthermore, metal roofing panels can often be repaired rather than fully replaced if they do sustain hail damage or other storm damage. Some metal roofing is engineered to withstand wind speeds up to 140 MPH!
Metal roofing can be costly
If you are on a tight budget for your Carolina roofing project, you might find yourself experiencing a bit of sticker shock when you first see the price of metal roofs. Remember, however, they last significantly longer than many other roofing options, and there are ways to save money if you need to.
One way to get a lower price on your new roof is to talk to your contractor. Many roofing installers are able to secure lower prices for their clients because they have partnerships with brands and retailers If you don’t want to go that route, you can watch for sales yourself around Labor Day, Memorial Day, and other big home improvement shopping holidays.
Metal is versatile
Today’s metal roofs are designed with versatility in mind. Whether you live in a farmhouse in the rural Carolinas or a renovated townhouse in an urban center, such as Charlotte, NC, there’s a metal roofing product that will look great with the style of your home.
Contact the Hatch Homes team for more details about how to choose the right metal roof brand for your needs and to learn about our installation services. We are here for you every step of the way!