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6 Amazing Benefits of Metal Roofing for Your Home

For decades, traditional asphalt composition shingles have been the default choice for home roofing. But in recent years, several stunning new metal roofing options have become available, and they have some pretty impressive benefits.

Stone coated steel metal roof tiles are made from a shaped base of galvanized steel, then coated with a protective alloy and adhesive primer and topped with ceramic stone granules. They can look like traditional composition shingles as well as wood shakes or clay tiles, giving you a wide variety of styles to pick from.

Standing seam metal roofing is made from panels of galvanized steel which lock together along raised seams, for an elegant look with bold vertical lines.

Roofs installed by Designer Roofing: architectural composition shingle, stone coated steel metal roof tiles, and standing seam metal roofing.
Architectural Composition Shingles, Stone Coated Steel Metal Tiles, and Standing Seam Roofing.
All roofs installed in Texas by Designer Roofing.

So what makes these new metal roofing options so popular?

1. Metal Roofing Lasts a Really, Really, Really Long Time

Asphalt is a petroleum product, so it begins to deteriorate from heat and weather damage from the moment it’s installed. That’s why a composition shingle roof typically has to be replaced every 10 to 20 years, especially when it’s your home’s first line of defense against Texas’ scorching heat and violent hail storms.

But metal roofing has an expected lifespan of 40 to 70 years – or longer.

According to metalroofing.systems, both stone coated steel and standing seam roofs are considered “lifetime” systems, meaning that as long as the roof is correctly installed, you should never have to replace it.

There are so many ways asphalt shingles deteriorate over time: lifting, curling, blistering from heat, balding (aka losing granules), cracking, creasing, tearing, cupping, buckling, separating, splitting, and a whole lot more synonyms for decomposing.

Metal roofing does not deteriorate in the way composition shingles do.
These worn composition shingles show the shrinking, peeling, balding, and separating that eventually happen to asphalt.

But metal roofing will never decompose. Galvanized steel doesn’t rot or crack, and will continue to protect your home for decades.

2. Metal Roofing Laughs at Mother Nature

The reason metal roofing lasts for so long is that can stand up to all kinds of weather extremes.

In fact, stone coated steel is so durable that it was discovered during a world war! As buildings were demolished during the London Blitz in World War II, British citizens scrambled to rebuild, often with sheets of corrugated metal. Unfortunately, the shiny metal could easily be spotted during nighttime bombing raids, so it was coated with a protective emulsion. After the war, they discovered that the coating had bonded with the steel so well that it couldn’t be removed — and a new roofing material was born.

If stone coated steel can make it through a war, let’s see how both kinds of metal roofing hold up against Mother Nature:

Metal roofing is hail resistant.

Hail Resistant: certified to UL Class 4 impact resistance, the highest rating, which can also give you a discount on your homeowners’ insurance. While that doesn’t mean a metal roof will never, ever be dented by hail, it does mean they’ll take a lot less structural damage than traditional roofing, and be far more effective at protecting your home. 

Metal roofing is wind resistant.

Wind Resistant: up to 120 mph. That’s equal to an EF2 tornado or a Category 3 hurricane! In fact, steel roofing is often recommended in coastal and storm-prone areas because it’s so wind-resistant and durable.

Metal roofing is resistant to mold, mildew, and algae.

Mold, Mildew and Algae Resistant: Mold and mildew are both fungi, with mold typically being surface-level and easier to remove, while mildew usually indicates a much bigger problem. Both kinds of metal roofing are resistant to mold and mildew: standing seam metal roofs contain zinc, an anti-fungal, and stone-coated steel tiles have an anti-fungal in the adhesive binder. Plus, both surfaces are smoother than composition shingles, giving both fungi and algae (a moss-like plant) fewer nooks and crannies to start growing.

Metal roofing is heat resistant.

Heat Resistant: able to handle scorching Texas summers without cracking, shrinking, or peeling like composition roofs do.

In summary, as the fine folks at metalroofing.com put it: “Unlike asphalt or other roofing styles, a properly installed metal roof can handle just about anything Mother Nature can throw at it. Metal roofing can protect your home against extreme temperatures, high winds, hail, marine air and even fire — all with minimal maintenance.”

3. Metal Roofing is Good for Your Wallet (In the Long Run)

You probably think that metal roofing is expensive — and at first, that’s true. Having a metal roof installed will typically cost 2 to 3 times more than getting a composition roof, due to the cost of materials and the need for skilled installers who know what they’re doing.

But in the long run, metal roofing is often incredibly cost-effective:

  • Metal roofing boosts your home’s curb appeal and makes it attractive to potential buyers
  • It increases your home’s resale value anywhere from 1% to 6%
  • A metal roof can help you save money on energy bills, reducing cooling costs anywhere from 10-25% (according to State Farm) or even up to 40% (according to the Metal Roofing Alliance)
  • You can save money on insurance premiums thanks to the Class 4 impact resistance rating
  • A metal roof is essentially maintenance-free, saving you both time and money

But most importantly, a metal roof pays for itself over time because it lasts for so long. During the lifespan of your amazingly durable metal roof, you’d need to re-roof with asphalt shingles 2, 3, or even 4 times. So if you can afford the up-front costs, a metal roof is usually a very good investment!

4. Metal Roofing Keeps Your Home Safe

In addition to being so weatherproof, metal roofing has some great safety benefits.

First, metal roofing is a lightweight roofing solution, on average about 50% lighter than shingles, which maintains your home’s structural integrity. And if you’re hoping for the style of clay tile or slate, which are much heavier, you can get that same look with lightweight stone coated steel.

Additionally, metal roofing is fire resistant. Traditional composition roofing is flammable because it’s made with asphalt, a petroleum product. But metal doesn’t catch fire, so metal roofing products have a Class A fire rating, which can make a huge difference in case of accident or if you life in an area prone to wildfires.

5. Metal Roofing Makes the Planet Happy

If you’re interested in being more environmentally friendly, then metal roofing is a great choice:

  • Metal roofing is typically made of 25-60% recycled material
  • Metal roofing is 100% recyclable at the end of its (long) life
  • Metal roofing doesn’t contribute to the almost 20 billion pounds of torn-off composition roofing we send to landfills each year in the United States
  • Metal roofing contains no petroleum products and does not increase our dependence on fossil fuels

6. Metal Roofing is Really Beautiful

Take a look at some of the installations we’ve done below, or browse our gallery for even more inspiration. And when you’re ready to talk about the best metal roof for your home, just give us a call!

Call 972-644-6556 or Contact Us today for a free estimate!

What our Clients are Saying

  • Rusty, Plano

    All I can say is – dealing with Aaron Lenhart and Designer Roofing of Texas was excellent. Aaron and his people were professional, knowledgeable and nice to work with every step of the way.

    I felt their price was fair and they delivered exactly as promised. What more can you ask for in the real world? They started on time, ended on time and the house looks great with the new style of tile. I have referred a few friends to them since then and so far, everyone has been pleased!

  • Rob Paul

    The roof is fantastic and I really appreciate Designer Roofing’s hard work and professionalism throughout the process. It was absolutely the right decision for my project. Feel free to hand out my information as a reference for your company should anyone ask, I am happy to help.

    Robert G. Paul
    Division President, Dallas – Fort Worth – Austin, Toll Brothers, Inc.

  • Kumar, Frisco

    I was impressed throughout with Designer Roofing’s professionalism, experience and knowledge of the business. As my agent, you worked with my insurance company to get their approval, and I was delighted to see that you ordered specialized pictures of the house to make it easier for the insurance company to assess the damage and approve.

    Your team was experienced and they worked with a good work ethic to get the job done very quickly. This was key since you did not use novices to install the specialized Gerard stone coated steel roof. Your team was well trained: they covered the pool and daily used a magnet to clear the home premises of any metallic materials.

    You had no hesitation in ensuring my complete satisfaction, and sent in the experts to fix a couple of minor things that I wanted changed. Please accept my gratitude and congratulations for a job well done and a super service!! I shall be happy to recommend you and your company to anyone without hesitation. 

  • Stone coated steel metal tile roof

    Pam and Rick, Frisco

    We just wanted to drop you note and tell you how much we enjoy the new roof. The style we chose with your help looks great. More importantly, the service of you and your team was outstanding. Your crew was attentive to the details and cleaned up well each and every day. And, to top it off, you started and finished when you said you would. Job well done!

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    Bing and Rachel, Plano

    We were battered by the windstorm of April 2008, which tore down our entire fence, a beautiful 10-year old tree, and a huge section of our composition roof.

    Designer Roofing came to our rescue and immediately patched the roof to prevent further weather damage. Despite a heavy workload brought on by the storm, Designer Roofing proceeded to replace our entire roof as soon as was possible. They replaced all fixtures and chimney flashings to perfectly match our new roof color, too.

    Designer Roofing was very professional throughout the job, helping us understand the re-roofing process, eagerly answering our every question, and giving us the greatest value for our insurance coverage and out-of-pocket costs. If we ever need a new roof again, Designer Roofing will be #1 on our list, and we would gladly recommend them to friends and family alike!