Is it time to replace the roof on your Whitmore Lake home? Today there are many roofing materials and options that are available that seem like a great idea. But there are some hidden problems with some of these types of roofing that you may not realize until it’s already installed. One popular roofing material that is gaining popularity lately is metal roofing. While metal roofing in Whitmore Lake Michigan can be a great option for some homes, there are some problems that you should be well aware of before signing on to have it installed on your home. Here are 5 of the more common problems for metal roofing on a home.
The most common type of roofing materials used in Michigan is asphalt shingle roofing. It’s been around for many years and continues to be the choice for most home owners due to it’s price, availability, and durability. Coming in a distant second is metal roofing which has long been used in commercial applications but only recently been used in most residential applications. Metal roofing has been common for storage buildings, barns, and other buildings but over the last few decades, it’s being used on more and more residential homes. And while it can be a great choice for some homes, it can also be very problematic for others.
Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material for most home owners simply because it’s so affordable. Getting comparable metal roofing installed can cost over three times as much as a comparable asphalt shingle roof. While there are some advantages to having metal roofing the biggest problem that most people have is the initial cost of the material and installation. Not only that but prices for metal roofing can fluctuate widely because of raw material costs. Most contractors will only give short time frame estimates so keep that in mind when getting quotes for your roofing installation.
The biggest complaint that most home owners have about metal roofing after it’s installed is the noise from rain drops hitting the metal roofing. Some folks like the sound initially when going to bed and hearing the heavy rain on the roof but when you can barely hear the television it can be quite the problem. There are ways to tone down the noise with metal roofing but may cost even more money.
Having wildlife around your home and trees near your home can be great to watch them scurry about. But with a metal roof they can sometimes scratch and claw the roof in a way that sounds much like fingernails on a chalkboard. Also when some wildlife jumps from trees onto the roof it can be quite loud inside the home making you wonder just what the heck that was falling on the roof. For some wildlife such as squirrels who are moving nuts and fruit to eat they can also drop it on the roof making noises.
There are several different thickness of metal roofing. The thicker the metal the more expensive it is. However, it’s usually better quality and can resist much more dents and such. Going with a low quality metal can mean your roof will appear dented after a hail storm or tree branches falling on it.
You’ll also want to talk with your home owners insurance provider about coverage for metal roofing. Some insurance companies will only cover the cost of a new roof if the old roof is leaking. They may not cover repairs if the roof is only aesthetically damaged such as with dents or scratches.
To learn just how metal roofing can appear on your home it’s best to talk with a qualified roofing contractor. Here at Livingston Roof Pros we can install your new roof quickly and affordably no matter if it’s metal roofing or asphalt shingle roofing. Give us a call today to learn more about our services and to get a free quote on your roof replacement project in Whitmore Lake Michigan.
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