When you are considering home improvement in Michigan, it is more than likely that you will be looking at ways of changing your roofing. There are many products available for doing this, and they can vary from the traditional clay tiles to asphalt shingles. But options that include metal, offer better solutions, which while remaining aesthetically acceptable are also economically affordable.
Metal roofing offers a lot of features and designs besides it being affordable. It must be remembered that roofing is one of the most important parts of a home, and one that has to serve it for a lifetime. One great advantage with metal roofing is that it rarely requires replacement and does away with the problem of constantly replacing of tiles as will be the case when asphalt shingles or clay tiles are used. Metal roofing costs are significantly higher than shingles and the like. But their long life ensures that there are no replacement costs and hence the long term economy. Besides, replacement of roofing and tiles can be a great disruption for a home and this can be completely avoided.
Because of the ability of this form of roofing to reduce energy requirements, governmental agencies in the United States offer tax credits in order to encourage people to use this roofing. This can greatly reduce the cost of new installation or redoing of roofing during home improvement.
A big advantage with the metal roofing option is that it can help to reduce utility bills. Some forms of metal roofing come with built in insulation panels and using these for a roof, literally ensures that the interiors of a home remain at more or less constant temperatures and thus may not need constant heating or cooling. Metal roofing panels help to shed rainwater easily. However, adequate care has to be taken at joints and fixing points to ensure that they continue to remain leak proof.
This can be further helped if leak barriers are installed along with the roofing. Adequate attention has to be paid during installation to thermal expansion which can cause stresses in the roofing. Manufacturers have come out with innovative sliding joints to cater for such eventualities. Metal roofing is also much lighter, and in the case of new homes, engineers can use this lower load to design structures that take advantage of this fact. The styles, designs and colors available in metal roofing are so many that it quite often leaves a homeowner bemused. Look for styles that fit in with the other components of the home, be it the walls,windows or others.