Standing seam metal roofing is fast becoming the go-to choice for wise homeowners with an eye on the bottom line and the distant horizon. Here are three reasons why this roofing material stands up, and stands out, among your choices.
What is Standing Seam Metal Roofing?
You may have seen corrugated metal roofing on outbuildings and farmhouses around Edina. That is not standing seam metal roofing. Think of those old corrugated roofs as the opposite of the beauty, durability, and economy of a new standing seam metal roof.
Standing seam metal panels get their name from the way the joints from panel to panel stand up, away from the roof’s underlayment, firring strips and sheathing. The seams themselves are joined together with metal fasteners, not adhesive. No holes are drilled through the panels, either, so water runs right off your roof, never getting an opportunity to infiltrate your attic.
The fasteners which strongly adhere to the standing seam metal panels to the roof are not visible, which is why this type of roof has such clean, attractive lines.
If you plan to remain in your Edina-area home for several decades, a standing seam metal roof is a wise buy. A metal roof routinely lasts five decades or longer. In that time, you will probably pay for two or more fiberglass-asphalt shingle roofs.
While the up-front cost of installing a metal roof is more than the cost of a shingle roof, the cost over time works out to favor your sensible investment:
- Home Advisor pegs the national average cost of a shingle roof at $8,788 with a high-end cost of $12,000
- Home Advisor also pegs the national average cost of a metal roof at $12,262, with a high-end cost of $22,500
Replacing the shingles twice would cost an average (in 2019 dollars) of $17,576 or as much as $24,000 if you choose architectural or high-end shingles. In either situation, a metal roof costs less over time!
1. Curb Appeal
Metal roofs are trending very strongly in real estate. Buyers like the permanence and security a metal roof represents. Metal roofs are known for their durability and imperviousness to weather. In Minnesota, weather matters.
Independent experts at Cost Versus Value tell us that a metal roof replacement recoups 64.3 percent of its cost at resale in our region. This means a $12,000 metal roof installation will eventually cost you only $4,284 (35.7 percent of your investment) when you sell your home.
Standing seam metal roofing adds curb appeal because, while the roofing material is popular, it still stands out from the shingle crowd around it. Not every home on your block has a metal roof. Yours will be a singular crown in a crowded field of brown and grey shingled homes.
2. True Beauty
Metal roofing is beautiful when skillfully installed by expert roofers. It retains its color and luster for decades. It sheds snow, ice, and water easily. It stays beautiful while shingle roofs become discolored with moss, algae, and stains.
Part of the beauty of a well-installed metal roof is the sense of security and solidity it provides. The roof is solid. The ridges are crisp. The lines are lean and elegant. You cannot say that for a shingle roof. While both materials are unitized (individual pieces instead of a rolled product), metal roof panels extend from ridge to eave in one long, unbroken piece. Shingle roofs are full of cuts and lines and jagged edges.
Standing seam metal roofing is sleek and reflective, glinting like a jewel on your home.
Many homeowners are under the mistaken impression that a metal roof needs a lot of maintenance, wears out quickly, or is noisy. None of those myths is true. While asphalt shingles require constant attention to prevent algae, moss, insects, rodents, and weather from destroying them, metal roofing shrugs off just about everything.
What makes metal roofing so durable? Metal is fireproof and waterproof. The protective finishes on today’s standing seam metal roofing locks in color and luster for years. The thick metal stands slightly above the sheathing, providing a natural air insulator that prevents noise from rain or hail from reaching your home’s interior.
A metal roof needs hardly any maintenance. An annual inspection in the first few years is a good idea, but for the most part, nature itself keeps the roof clean. Insects and rodents cannot break through a metal roof. Tree limbs and hail are seldom strong enough to dimple or dent a well-installed metal roof.
With a call to LB Solutions you can connect with local metal roofing experts. Learn how a metal roof installation can transform your home, boost curb appeal and resale value, and provide solid protection for your biggest investment. Contact us today!