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Auburn Roofing: Article About Metal Versus Shingle Roofing

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When most people consider installing a new roof or replacing an existing one, they tend to consider asphalt shingles as one of the most economical and visually appealing choices. Yet, new metal roofing materials are superior for many property owners because of the exceptional durability and longevity offered by metal.

For many, metal roofing is reminiscent of barns and commercial buildings, but today, metal roofing materials include a couple of different choices that in no way resemble the corrugated metal popular in the 20th century. An experienced Auburn roofing contractor can help interested property owners make the best decision for their home or business.

One of the biggest breakthroughs in metal roofing products is the standing seam metal roof. Standing seam metal roofs provide superior durability, energy savings and are very attractive, as they are available in a number of colors and styles. The advantage of the standing seam roof is that the seam lies above the roof decking, which prevents water from seeping down. Because they are available in a variety of colors, property owners can select a complement to their existing color palette so that the roof blends in nicely. Cooler colors also save money on energy bills. The federal government is offering home and business owners who install a metal roofing system a tax break in the form of a tax credit.

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Standing seam roofs are often cut on site, which ensures exact coverage for the roof. This limits product defects and ensures a more timely and seamless installation process. Metal roofs can sometimes be installed over existing roofing, though it is best to talk with a professional to make that determination.

Another new product that offers the look and appeal of asphalt shingle is metal shingles that are made to resemble asphalt. This is achieved by coating the metal shingle with a clear resin that is embedded with stone granules. This product looks like asphalt, but lasts approximately 30 years longer than asphalt. Metal roofs are also 100 percent recyclable, and most are made up of about 95 percent recycled metal. They have a Class A fire rating as well, providing superior protection for the structure.

Most metal roofing products are generally warrantied against workmanship and defects for up to 50 years. Asphalt shingles generally must be replaced every 20 years, so even though metal may cost more at the outset, it is a better investment over time. Keep in mind that warranties often require an annual roof inspection, but roofing contractors are aware of this and provide an annual inspection with the roofing installation.

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