Metal roofing 101

Posted at 8:04 AM, May 06, 2014
and last updated 2016-07-04 12:09:02-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Putting a new roof on your home is a big investment, so you want something that’s going to last.

One option you may have not considered – metal roofing. It comes in different styles and colors, and can even look like wood, slats or shingles.

Metal roofing isn’t new, but it’s growing in popularity across the country. When it came time to replace their white tile roof, homeowners Douglas and Nancy Wood decided to go with metal.

“We chose the metal roof for its look. Very Florida-like. For its longevity and maintenance-free,” said Douglas Wood.

Ryan Westfall, a roofing company vice president adds:  “It’s the most durable roof you can put on your house, it’s also the most energy efficient you can put on your house, and lastly it’s the least maintenance that is required of any roofing in the industry. The only con to a metal roof is the cost. If you can afford a metal roof it’s the way to go. It will be the last roof you ever put on.”

Metal roofs can cost two to three times as much as asphalt shingles, but can last 30 to 50 years. Most metal roofing materials are formed into panels or sheets which are laid on the roof structure and then fastened.

Angie’s List says you should make sure your roofing contractor has plenty of experience installing metal roofs and don’t forget to ask about insurance.

“You want to be sure your contractor has both general liability and worker’s compensation insurance. Ask for proof of insurance and call and confirm that it’s still valid,” explains Angie Hicks of Angie’s List. “This is important because any contractor that won’t show you this proof of insurance, you need to walk away from.”

Angie’s List also suggests checking in with your homeowner’s association and your city to make sure metal roofs are allowed in your neighborhood.

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