Are you considering a metal roof? If so, chances are it's because you have heard about their durability, low maintenance, and safety in fire-prone areas. Although a metal roof can be a good option, you don't want to simply rush out and buy one. There are a few design issues you need to consider so you don't make a mistake in your choice.
#1: Going with the first style you see
When many people think of metal roofs they imagine the standard seamed panels that are most obvious when driving around the neighborhood. Fortunately, you have a lot more choices. While standing seam roofs can be attractive on some homes, they aren't suitable for all architectural styles. There are now metal roof tiles that resemble stone tile, ceramic tiles, and even asphalt shingles. You have a large choice of colors as well, so you can find a metal roof that works well aesthetically with your home.
#2: Ignoring your climate
Metal roofs were made famous for their use on homes in snow mountain areas. Although all flat panel metal roofs shed snow well when the roof has a sufficient pitch, not all shingles shed snow well. If you live in a snowy area, make sure the metal shingles you choose allow the snow to melt and do not actually trap snow. It's also a good idea to make sure not just the roof, but also the hardware, is made of corrosion and rust resistant materials. Finally, for a steep-pitched roof, you will also need to have the roofer install a snow barrier at the edge of the roof so it breaks up the snow as it slides off otherwise a large sheet of falling snow can damage or injure anything below.
#3: Skipping the underlayment
One of the costs associated with a metal roof is the underlayment and insulation pads that are placed beneath the panels but on top of the roof sheathing. To some homeowners, these seem like an unnecessary expense, but you would likely regret skipping them later. These pads help dampen the noise of a metal roof so that rain on the roof, for example, isn't loud inside the house. The pads also provide insulation, which prevents the attic from heating up in summer or from losing heat in winter.
For more help in choosing and installing your metal roof, contact a roofing company in your area.