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Angie's List Report: Metal Roofing

Putting a new roof on your home is a big investment. If you want one that's really going to last, you might want to consider metal roofing. How it compares to traditional materials in today's Angie's List report.
Putting a new roof on your home is a big investment. If you want one that's really going to last, you might want to consider metal roofing.

Metal roofing isn't new, but it's growing in popularity across the country. When it came time to replace their white tile roof, homeowners Douglas and Nancy Wood decided to go with metal.

"We chose the metal roof for its look. Very Florida–like. For its longevity and maintenance–free," says homeowner Douglas Wood.

"It's the most durable roof you can put on your house, it's also the most energy efficient you can put on your house, and lastly  it's the least maintenance that is required of any roofing in the industry. The only con to a metal roof is the cost. If you can afford a metal roof it's the way to go. It will be the last roof you ever put on," says Ryan Westfall, the V.P. of a roofing company.

Metal roofs can cost two to three times as much as asphalt shingles, but properly installed, can last 30 to 50 years. Most metal roofing materials are formed into panels or sheets which are laid on the roof structure and then fastened.

Angie's List says you should make sure your roofing contractor has plenty of experience installing metal roofs and don't forget to ask about insurance.

"Insurance is really important when it comes to roofers because let's face it they are on your roof, on ladders, and on your property. You want to be sure your contractor has both general liability and worker's compensation insurance. Ask for proof of insurance and call and confirm that it's still valid. This is important because any contractor that won't show you this proof of insurance, you need to walk away from," say Angie's List Founder, Angie Hicks.

As you weigh the pros and cons of metal roofing, Angie's List says don't forget to check with your homeowner's association and your city to find out if metal roofs are allowed in your neighborhood.

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