Kansas weather is often harsh and unpredictable, but metal roofing stands up to wind, rain and hail while adding beauty to any home. Keeter Roofing & Remodeling installs metal roofs on homes throughout the Wichita area for homeowners looking for a durable solution with curb appeal.
Benefits of Metal Roofs
Residential metal roofing is becoming an increasingly popular option because it offers several benefits over conventional asphalt shingles:
- Lifespan up to 60 years
- Available in a variety of styles and colors
- Weather resistant
- Low maintenance
- Energy efficient
- Environmentally friendly
Metal roofing reflects heat, and according to a study by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, this can reduce cooling costs by up to 20%. This can help offset the higher upfront investment of a metal roof compared to composite shingles. Solar panels can be attached to a metal roof for those who want to further lower their energy bills by converting their homes to solar energy. A metal roof can also help reduce waste – not only is metal roofing recyclable, it’s typically made with recycled materials, too.
Metal Roof Styles
This is the most common metal roof design. A standing seam system has vertical panels joined by raised seams. The seams are usually 1 – 2 ½ inches tall. These panels snap together without exposed fasteners, giving them a clean, modern look. The design allows panels to expand and contract as temperatures change, which reduces wear and tear on the roof deck. They have an expected lifespan of up to 60 years.
A less expensive option than standing seam roofs, corrugated metal roofs are priced closer to asphalt shingles. Although they aren’t quite as durable as standing seam systems, with a lifespan of up to 30 years, corrugated metal can still be expected to last about a decade longer than composite roofs.
Common Metal Roofing Types
The standard type of metal roofing for homes is aluminum. It’s a popular choice because it’s moderately priced, lightweight, durable and works for a variety of styles. Aluminum is an environmentally responsible roofing choice because it’s generally made from recycled material and can be recycled at the end of its usable life. Aluminum is naturally corrosion-resistant, so it never rusts. It’s a good choice for areas like Kansas where there are dramatic weather changes.
Commonly found in commercial projects, steel roofing is one of the most durable types of metal roofs available. However, more homeowners are choosing to install steel roofs because of their long-term value. Although steel is more expensive than some other metal roofs, it comes with better quality and durability.
Steel roofs come in a wide range of colors and finishes that can be suited to nearly any home style. In fact, they can even be painted to match the natural patina of an expensive copper, zinc, or weathered steel roof. Most steel roofs are manufactured with recycled materials, so making them an environmentally friendly choice. Steel roofs may require some ongoing maintenance, as they are susceptible to corrosion.
Copper and Zinc
Zinc and copper are the most expensive types of metal roofing available. They offer a beautiful natural patina as the finish weathers over time; however, they are softer metals that don’t hold up well to hail and strong storms. If the esthetic of copper is desired, it’s usually best to limit it to smaller accent areas, such as over a bay window or dormer. The look of weathered copper can also be achieved with a painted steel roof, which would offer better durability at a lower cost.
Residential Metal Roofing Contractor
Keeter Roofing & Remodeling installs, repairs and replaces metal roofs on homes throughout the Wichita area. We’re a locally owned, licensed and insured roofing company accredited by the BBB. Contact us today for a free inspection of your existing roof and a free metal roofing estimate.