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Are Metal Roofs Worth It?


Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular among Vancouver’s residential and commercial property owners. If you’re doubtful about how a metal roof looks, they can mimic the look of most traditional roofs and are built to last a lot longer.

Choosing a brand new roof for your home can be a challenging task, and we’re there to help. At ABC Roofing, we firmly believe inefficient customer service, and no roofing job is complete until the customer is fully satisfied.

What Is a Metal Roof?

In the past, metal roofs used to be found only on high-end properties due to the high cost factor. However, thanks to modern production processes, metal roofs are now found on thousands of conventional homes across Canada.

Although metal roofs are installed in the form of sheets, they can be made to mimic the appearance of shingles. Metal roof installation is not a DIY job, and it’s best to hire local roofing contractors with experience in this area.

Our highly trained roofers in Vancouver can install the metal roof over your existing roof according to the building codes in your jurisdiction. Some jurisdictions in Canada require a complete roof tear-off before installing a new one.

We ensure there is proper venting before installing the new metal roof. Otherwise, moisture may get trapped between the new and old roof.

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What’s Good about Metal Roofs?

It’s a good question: Is a metal roof worth the money?

Beyond the inherent characteristics of a metal roof, including energy efficiency, functionality, low maintenance, and eco-friendliness, the most attractive feature is its lifespan. If you’re just looking for a roof that will keep the elements out, it’s probably not worth getting a metal one.

However, if you plan to live in your current home for the foreseeable future, a metal roof can prove to be a good investment in your property. Most metal roofs in Vancouver are built to last for more than 50 years, and that’s why they require a higher initial investment.

For example, other roofs, like asphalt, may cost less but will need to be replaced after 20 years. They are not noisier than other roof types as the attic provides adequate insulation against the noise.

Metal Roof Installation

Metal roofing can be used and applied in different ways. Metal roofs are usually prefabricated sheets or panels, but they can also be formed onsite. They can be cut to the desired shape, design, and size and mimic the appearance of tiles, slate, or even shakes.

Thanks to their excellent impermeability, resistance, and insulation, they are instrumental in reducing high energy bills. For an average home, metal roofs can cost roughly $30,000 compared to an average of $10,000 for an asphalt roof. But here’s the kicker: You’ll need to buy a new asphalt roof after 20 years.

In addition to spending the same amount twice, re-roofing adds to the burden on landfills. Metal roofs offer excellent long-term value and are recyclable, making them the ideal choice for eco-conscious homeowners in Vancouver.

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