If your summer home needs a new roof, you may be wondering what kind of roof you should get. Consider going with metal for the following reasons.
Metal roofing will be durable because it won't rot away due to the rain water it comes in contact with, unlike with wood or asphalt materials. You also will not have to deal with mildew or mold consuming the metal, which will cause your roof deck to become exposed.
These are great advantages when you consider you are not at your summer home all year round. You can feel assured knowing that you do not need to inspect for these problems after being away from the summer home for a long time.
If your summer home is in a part of the country that is prone to wildfires, you will know that metal provides you with some added protection that you wouldn't otherwise have with another type of roofing material. The material is not flammable, so a stray ember floating through the air will not be the catalyst for a house fire.
In addition, if your summer home's metal roof is ever struck by lightning while you are away, there will be little or no damage caused. Since you are not at the house all the time, it's hard to tell what happened while you were not there unless a neighbor is able to tell you.
You may have the misconception that metal roofing will rust over the years, but that can be avoided if you use a coating on the material that forms a waterproof barrier between your roof and the snow or rain. It will be one less thing that you have to worry about when you are not there during the winter months.
The Cost of Metal Roofing
There are several types of metal roofing available, so the cost will depend on what materials you end up selecting. You can expect an interlocking steel metal roof to cost between $3.00 and $7.50 per square foot to have it professionally installed. More premium materials, like copper, can cause the costs to greatly increase as much as $18 per square foot. Interlocking aluminum will be a good compromise to go with, costing between $7 and $9 per square foot.
If metal sounds like the best choice for your summer home, contact Cloise & Mike Construction Inc or other roofing contractors in the area to get an accurate price quote.