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Metal roofing has been a popular choice for roofing materials in Europe for a long time, but it's only recently that it has started to grow in popularity in the United States. Some studies show that the market for metal residential roofing has doubled in the past five years. A growing recognition is due to the benefits of metal roofing, which includes durability, energy savings and fire resistance. The lifespan of a typical metal roof is more than 50 years, compared to 15 to 20 for asphalt shingle roofing. However, there are pros and cons to metal roofing. Homeowners can consult a Sacramento roofing contractor for help in deciding on the best roofing materials for their home.

Though metal roofs are higher in cost than asphalt shingle roofs, they can increase a home's resale value. This is because once a metal roof is installed, it won't need to be replaced again for a very long time, if ever. In some states, a metal roof can lower a homeowner's insurance premium by as much as 35 percent. This is common for homes near wildfire zones. Since metal roofing doesn't burn, most insurance companies will offer a break on the cost of homeowners insurance if a home features this type of roof.

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However, some say in the event of a fire, a disadvantage of metal roofing is it doesn't allow heat to escape.

Some people might picture a metal roof showing every ding it receives from a hailstone, but that's not the case at all, especially with stone coated metal roofing. This type of metal roofing provides extra durability with a 2.5 inch hailstone warranty, Class 4 impact rating and 120 per mile hour warranty against wind. Stone coated metal roofing doesn't rot, warp or crack, which is what will happen eventually to asphalt shingles due to age and exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays.

Homeowners with metal roofing typically will save on energy costs because metal roofing reflects heat from the sun. Therefore, metal roofing will lower the energy used for household cooling in the summertime. Metal roofing is also an attractive option because it can be made to mimic the appearance of traditional roofing. It's virtually maintenance free, typically only requiring an occasional washing with a garden hose.

Metal roofing is growing in popularity as a choice for residential roofing for obvious reasons. It can save a homeowner money on energy and insurance costs, and it can increase the value of a home because a metal roof will pretty much never need to be replaced. It is an option that is worth consideration before making a final choice on roofing materials for the home.

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