Famously referenced in the Tennessee Williams’ play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, metal roofs flourished in Key West, where Williams owned a home in the mid-20th century. The roofs were practical in the heat and humidity, reflecting sunlight and lowering the temperature on the inside.
Today, metal roofs are trendy because of their island-inspired roots. Often topping pastel-painted exteriors, they are visually appealing. But their form also comes with function. Here are five reasons why metal roofs increase resale values.
Metal roofs not only can weather the heat and humidity, they also can withstand strong winds that their asphalt and concrete counterparts cannot.
Metal roofs have what is called thermal emissivity, which occurs when an object sends solar rays back into the atmosphere. Studies show metal roofs can stay up to 100 degrees cooler than conventional roofs.
Asphalt and concrete roofs need to be replaced at least every 20 years, which amounts to billions upon billions of pounds of unrecyclable shingles ending up in U.S. landfills year after year. Metal roofs are 100-percent recyclable.
While the expiration date on asphalt and concrete roofs is 20 years maximum, metal roofs remain viable for 50-plus years.
Because of their thermal emissivity, metal roofs do not expand or contract, which can lead to leaks and other problems.
Switching to a metal roof might be daunting at first, as they are more expensive. When considering the savings in electric bills, though, doing so is a wise investment. Both their popularity and practicality translates into sellers being able to enjoy an industrywide-average three-percent increase in resale values.
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