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Metal roofing is a popular choice among homeowners who want to save on long term costs while keeping their home protected using a quality roofing material. Since the durability and style of metal roofs continue to improve, homeowners are making the switch from traditional shingles to metal roofing.

When homeowners consider replacing or repairing their roofs, they must look at more than the cost of materials and installation. Homeowners need to consider other costs such as energy savings, the life cycle of a roof or how a roof affects the home's resale value. Asphalt shingles remain popular with homeowners because of their relatively low cost and protection value. However, the life expectancy of shingles is 15 to 20 years, and shingles require more maintenance and repair over the life of the roof. Consult with an Orange County NY roofing contractor for further details about cost savings.

Many homeowners are choosing to install metal roofs because their life expectancy is 20 to 30 years longer than asphalt shingles. The architectural style and color variations of metal roofs are similar to those of dimensional shingles, wood shakes and composite tiles. Therefore, homeowners can choose a design that matches the home's theme.

The roofing experts at Precision roofing of Orange County NY can assist you with any questions regarding metal roofing or EPDM roofing.

Most of the metals used in the roofing industry are resistant to rust and corrosion, and the life expectancy of a metal roof is 40 to 70 years.

One of the biggest drawbacks that keep homeowners from installing a metal roof is the cost. A metal roof installation can cost two to three times more than asphalt shingles. Metal roofs require more precision during installation, and roofing contractors charge more in labor costs because of the detailed installation. Another drawback is metal roofs create a great deal of noise during storms. Homeowners can ask for more insulation to reduce the noise, but more insulation increases the cost of installation.

Metal roofs offer one feature that other roofing materials cannot match. At the end of the life cycle, a metal roof is fully recyclable, and the material does not end up in the waste stream created by building materials that cannot be recycled. For example, asphalt shingles create an estimated 20 billion pounds a year of building related waste because all of the materials associated with shingles cannot be recycled. The waste stream continues to grow since shingles remain very popular with homeowners. However, homeowners who are conscious about the environment have the option to choose metal roofs because they are recyclable. Another benefit is most of the materials used to produce metal roofs come from recycled products.

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