There are a lot of advantages to metal roofing, and a growing number of homeowners are considering metal roofs over asphalt shingles. However, there are a few drawbacks to metal roofing, as well—most prominently the cost. How can homeowners get the look they want at a desirable price?

Benefits of Metal Roofs

First, let’s briefly discuss the benefits to a metal roof.

  • They last up to 70 years.
  • Their durability can withstand extreme winds, which is one of the reasons they’re so popular in parts of the world prone to tornadoes and hurricanes.
  • They reflect solar heat, lowering your cooling costs.
  • They won’t catch on fire.

To homeowners looking at metal roofs, these benefits are all bonuses to the aesthetic appeal, and look like an extremely enticing option until it comes to one consideration: The price.

Drawbacks of Metal Roofs

Unfortunately, most homeowners are surprised to see the price tag of a metal roof, which is often two or three times as much as an asphalt roof. Unless you plan to stay in your home for the tremendously long lifespan of the roof, you probably won’t see the cost benefit of the initial investment.

If budget isn’t an issue, then sure, let’s talk more about metal roofing.

If the price is much higher than you were planning to spend, though, you may start trying to talk yourself out of a metal roof, noting how noisy it will be during a rainstorm, or the difficulty of matching the color if you need a repair, or the need for a perfect installation due to metal’s natural expansion and contraction.

A Compromise

Thankfully, it is possible to add some of the look you want while avoiding the cost of installing a full 

metal roof. With metal roofing accents, you can give your home the splash of copper (or aluminum, steel, zinc, tin—your choice) you want without destroying your budget.

By covering most of your roof with traditional asphalt shingles (or whatever your desired material may be), you save a significant amount of money, and can still adorn an overhang, dormer, dome, façade, or other area of your home you want to accentuate.

The metal roofing accents create a striking look, complementing the rest of the roof to enhance your curb appeal considerably, at a fraction of the cost of a full metal roof.

Metal Roofing Accents  

West Michigan Metal Roofing Installers

Is it time for a new roof? Request a quote online or by phone. Our roofing consultants will work with you on a design that fits both your aesthetic vision and your budget.

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