Quarve Contracting
Tuesday 29 March 2016

Metal Roof Q&A: What About Appearance and Savings?

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The look of your home’s roof is just as important as its function. Ugly roof shingles or tiles can decrease curb appeal and make a home uncomfortable. Since aesthetics are so important, homeowners naturally have many questions about a metal roof’s aesthetics. Q: Are metal roofs only available one color or style? A: The words “metal roof” often conjure the image of a steel-roofed barn, but that couldn’t be further from the case today. Thanks to the many stock colors available, modern metal roofs are now available in many textures and styles. Natural and bare metal roofs are always an option, too. A zinc roof will have a different look than a copper roof, both of which could work beautifully for a range of color palates and architectures. Steel and aluminum are also unique options many homeowners enjoy. Q: What if I don’t like the stock colors listed? Can metal roofing be customized? A: Yes! Metal is one of the most versatile roofing materials available, and new techniques are constantly developed to expand available options. These include two-toned and variegated colors. These new types of colors add unique interest and appearance to any home. Since manufacturers are always experimenting with new techniques, it’s a great idea to ask your MN roofing company about what custom options they offer. Q: Are metal roofs energy efficient? A: Your savings will depend on a number of factors, including color.  Lighter colors make a noticeable difference when it comes to reducing heat in attics. If you compare the heat absorbed by a dark shingle roof, the EnergyStar reflective roof coating on a metal roof can reduce the temperature by between 50 and 60 degrees. Since the roof isn’t absorbing as much solar energy, moisture has a harder time collecting in the attic. This will lower your energy bills, and it will also prevent costly water damage from forming. If you have more questions about installing a metal roof, give us a call. We’re a MN licensed roof contractor specializing in metal roofs, and we're ready to help you find a solution to your needs.