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"Is it time to do our roof again? I thought we just did it like ten years ago!"

Well, that’s what it might feel like. We hear it all the time. Time does pass quickly and with it so does the life of our roofs. Roofs take the greatest amount of wear and tear, as a matter of fact more than any other part of our home and building. Typical shingled roofs last between ten to fifteen years.

With many technical advancements in roofing materials, options are now available that can make this the last roof that you will ever have to replace.
Shingle roof vs Steel roof. A shingle roof when properly installed by one of Enersave Building Solutions' expert roofers will last a very long time however the nature of the material dictates life it will have and in many cases the quality of the shingles. Manufacturers will claim their shingles have 20 year 30 year and in some cases even lifetime warranties. The issue with those warranty claims is that in most cases the warranty only covers damage from wind or hail. It doesn't claim the shingles will not simply wear out from exposure to the elements. There are just too many variable factors to make that guarantee. Overall attic temperature, level of UV exposure, uncommon seasonal changes and unexpected severe storms can all play a part in how long the shingles will last. As an example the weather in Ottawa is often different to the weather in Kingston and yet the houses there have the same shingles on the roof with the same warranty claims. Most manufacturers agree that if you get 10 to 15 years out of a roof, you have done well. 
Steel roof on the other hand can claim to truly have a lifetime warranty.  Unlike shingles, steel roof stands up to the elements. There are a few choices within the steel roof category too. Steel roof and aluminum roof shingles. The aluminum roof shingles are just as durable as steel but they cool quicker by nature and are lighter. Aluminum does not rust and are painted with a molecular bonded heat reflecting paint. 

Do Metal Roofs Improve the Resale Value of Your Home?

by Tony Guerra, Demand Media

Home Resale Improvements

A contemporary metal roof on a home can improve that home's resale value by 1 to 6 percent when compared with an asphalt-shingled home. Additionally, you'll recoup an average of 85.9 percent of your costs on a metal roof. Homeowners in the eastern regions of the U.S. recoup 95.5 percent of costs on average for their homes' metal roofs.

Metal Roof Benefits

In addition to their home resale price improvement advantages, metal roofs come with other benefits. As noted by the Green Talk website, metal roofs can be great insulators. A light-colored metal roof reflects more of the sun's energy, keeping your home cooler and saving 25 percent or more on heating and cooling costs. Many homeowner insurance companies provide policy discounts of up to 35 percent because metal roofs are so durable and weather-resistant.

Most Popular Type

The best-selling type of residential metal roof is the standing-seam steel version. Featuring an upturned edge on one panel that connects it to an adjacent panel, the standing seam steel roof is lightweight and can be installed over an existing roof. Standing-seam steel roofs also use vertical lines to impart a traditional or historic look to their homes. Metal roofing can be made to look like many other types of roof shingling materials, too.

Metal Roof Costs

Metal roofs aren't cheap, and installing them can be an intricate process requiring skilled tradesmen. The average total cost of a premium metal roof, including materials and installation, runs from $10,426 to $12,550 as of March 2012, according to the HomeWyse website. The per-square-foot cost of a premium metal roof is $9.58, with a comparable asphalt-shingled roof's March 2012 per-square foot cost being $3.41. Contemporary metal roofing has a 50-year rated lifespan, though, compared with 15 years for asphalt and other materials.


  • Metal Roofing Alliance: Appreciate Your Home With Quality Metal Roofing
  • Green Talk: The Top 10 Reasons to Install a Metal Roof in 2010
  • RoofGenius.com: Metal Roofing
  • HomeWyse: Cost of Standing Seam Metal Roofing
  • HomeWyse: Cost of Asphalt Shingles
  • Armor Metal Roofing: How Long Will a Metal Roof Last?


  • MBCI Metal Roof and Wall Systems: Choosing a Metal Roof

About the Author

Tony Guerra served more than 20 years in the U.S. Navy. He also spent seven years as an airline operations manager. Guerra is a former realtor, real-estate salesperson, associate broker and real-estate education instructor. He holds a master's degree in management and a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies.



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