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Posted by McElroy Metal ● Mar 5, 2019 7:00 AM

What is the Life Expectancy of a Metal Roof?

Replacing a roof can be one of the most significant expenses a homeowner has to deal with, which is why prioritizing a long-lasting roof is so important. As homeowners seek to maximize the lifespan of their roofs, it is unsurprising that residential metal roofing has been gaining steadily in popularity. Metal roofing is one way for homeowners to not only maximize their roofs lifespan but also add beauty to their home.

What is the Life Expectancy of a Metal Roof?

life expectancy of a metal roofMetal roofs can last fifty years or more! That means that for many homeowners a metal roof will be the last roof they purchase.

Metal roofs are also resistant to shrinking, eroding, and cracking making them able to withstand extreme weather conditions like heavy snow and hail storms. This durability means that metal roofing requires infrequent maintenance or replacement. Typically, a quick yearly inspection for minor maintenance is all that’s needed to keep a metal roof in working order.  

How Does the Life Span of a Metal Roof Compare to Shingles?

life expectancy of a metal roofAsphalt shingles are one of the most common roofing materials because traditionally they were the option that was most economical. Unfortunately, lower upfront costs are often outweighed by a shorter lifespan and frequently required maintenance.  

The Metal Roofing Alliance puts the lifespan of asphalt shingles at 10-20 years while State Farm places it at 12-20 years before a homeowner would need to replace a traditional asphalt roof. Additionally, asphalt roofing needs frequent repairs and shingle replacement as well as re-caulking and sealing as the roof ages.

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It is essential for homeowners to choose the substrate and coating on their metal panels that match their long-term performance expectations. There are many substrates and coatings on the market which is why it is vital for homeowners to work with a company or contractor with the experience necessary to help them select the best panels for their home. Contact us at any time, and we will help you find the right panels, substrate, and coating to meet your residential roofing needs.

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About McElroy Metal

Since 1963, McElroy Metal has served the construction industry with quality products and excellent customer service. The employee-owned components manufacturer is headquartered in Bossier City, La., and has 14 manufacturing facilities across the United States. Quality, service and performance have been the cornerstone of McElroy Metal’s business philosophy and have contributed to the success of the company through the years. As a preferred service provider, these values will continue to be at the forefront of McElroy Metal’s model along with a strong focus on the customer.

Topics: Education, Metal Roofing, FAQ, Residential

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