While asphalt shingles tend to be the material that most people think of when they need to reroof their current home or have a roof installed on their new home, metal roofs have been around for years. Today, metal roofs are seeing a resurgence in their popularity -- and for good reason. Metal roofs offer you benefits that you simply won't find with asphalt shingles. 

1. Environmentally Friendly

Did you know that according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 11 million tons of discarded shingles are generated each year when homeowners replace their asphalt roofs? The repair and replacement cycle that's part of having a home with asphalt shingles is bad for the environment and for your wallet. 

2. Variety of Choices

Metal roofs come in a variety of material choices with tin, copper and lead being the most common types early on.

  • Copper is resistant to corrosion, offers protection from lightning and is durable. 
  • Galvanized steel is designed with a zinc coating and that, combined with paint, limits the likelihood of rusting. 
  • Stainless steel is completely rust free but can cost more than galvanized steel. 
  • Aluminum is cheaper than stainless steel, resistant to weather and lightweight. 

3. Reduced Maintenance

Most materials used for metal roofs are resistant to rust which means that your maintenance will be limited to inspecting it coating once a year for damage. Some things to look for include significant chipping which indicates that your roof needs to be resealed. Buckling metal roofing panels is something else that you should be on the lookout for. For the best results, hire a professional company with experience in metal roofs to remove and replace those sections that are affected. 

4. Long Lasting

If your home has an asphalt roof, you can expect it to last between 15 and 25 years before it has to be fully replaced. This doesn't account for any repairs to the shingles that might be required over the years. A galvanized metal roof, on the other hand, has a typical lifespan of between 30 and 50 years. If you choose an aluminum or stainless steel roof, you might not ever have to replace it because it can last for 50 years or more. Copper roofs have a typical lifespan of at least 60 years. 

Like many other components for your home, you have many choices when it comes to the roofing material that you have installed. At C&T Siding, we welcome your questions and will work closely with you to find the best roofing material for your western Wisconsin or eastern Minnesota home. Contact us today to learn more!