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Metal roofing has increased in popularity over the last several years for a number of reasons. Unlike the noisy metal roofing of the past, today's metal roofing is available in a variety of colors and styles to enhance any housing style. Although the initial cost is higher, metal roofing can save the homeowner money in the long run.

Metal roofing can last a lifetime. While the average asphalt or composition roof typically lasts around 17 years, metal roofing lasts two to three times longer. Metal roofing can increase a home's resale value and even reduce homeowner's insurance premiums in some states. Manufacturers of metal roofing materials are so certain of their products they offer long warranties of 30 to 50 years.

Current metal roofing offers a variety of styles and colors. Metal roofing options are available that resemble asphalt, clay tile, cedar shakes and slate with a wide variety of color choices. A Virginia Beach roofing contractor can assist the homeowner is selecting the metal roofing option right for his or her budget and lifestyle.

Additionally, metal roofing can be more energy efficient than asphalt or composition roofing.

A roofing expert from Jayhawk Exteriors of Virginia Beach VA would be happy to answer any question you have about roofing, gutters or skylights.

Metal roofs reflect the sun's rays in the heat of the summer and absorb heat in the winter, effectively reducing energy costs. Metal roofs can be painted with reflective coatings that contain pigments that absorb less infrared radiation, thus lowering the surface temperature of the roof.

For the environmentally conscious homeowner, environmentally friendly metal roofing can be manufactured from up to 25 percent recycled content. At the end of its lifespan, 100 percent of metal roofing material can be recycled again.

Despite its benefits, some homeowners are concerned about the increased likelihood of lightning striking a metal roof. A metal roof does not increase the chances of a lightning strike, however. If a metal roof is struck, the energy will be safely dispersed throughout its structure. In addition, metal roofs are noncombustible and nonflammable.

Moreover, rust is not an issue with metal roofing due to its metallic coating that is typically bonded to steel. The coating is made from zinc or a combination of zinc and aluminum, while paint is applied over the coating, reducing the likelihood of rust. While the noise level of a metal roof is also of concern to some people, the solid sheathing undercoating actually reduces the noise level. For a beautiful, economical and durable roof that will last a lifetime, metal roofing is certainly an option that homeowners will want to consider.

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