Oakland Metal Roofing

by Jon Nunan

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Picking a material to top your home is a task that can have a profound effect on your property. Choosing wisely can increase efficiency, improve appearances, and even increase your property value. A poor choice, on the other hand, can lead to hundreds or thousands of dollars in repair costs or premature replacement. In Oakland, metal roofing is one of the many options you'll have when it comes time to upgrade your roof; and while no roofing material is perfect, there are several reasons why installing metal roofing in Oakland makes sense.

Historic Oakland Metal Roofing
Metal was an incredibly popular roofing material in the 1800s, when Oakland was founded. By the early 1900s, though, asphalt shingles were already growing in popularity by leaps and bounds. Today, asphalt tops the vast majority of American homes. Older metal roofing is a rarity, but some would argue that this is a very good thing. Old metal roofs were notorious for having problems like rusting easily, being incredibly loud during rain showers, denting easily, and providing poor insulation. With a pedigree like that, it's no wonder asphalt shingles became so much more popular than metal roofs!

Modern Oakland Metal Roofing
Today, metal roofs are making a big comeback. Due to better technology in manufacturing and installation, a modern metal roof will have all of the benefits of its predecessors (strength, durability, light weight, etc.) with vast improvements made to the drawbacks found in historic metal roofing. Oakland homeowners looking for a beautiful and cost-effective roofing material should take a closer look at modern metal roofs.

When it comes to durability, few roofing materials come close to metal. Often coming complete with 40 or 50 year warranties, metal roofs are likely to last decades longer than wood or asphalt shingles. Though traditional tile and slate roofs might last 70 years or more, the expense of these materials, and the added support needed to hold their formidable weight make installation of these materials far more difficult and costly than metal roof installation. Oakland homes topped with asphalt or wood can often have metal roofing installed directly on the existing material without requiring any extra structural support.

In addition to its long lifespan, light weight, good looks, and quickness and ease of installation, metal roofing is also fireproof and performs very well in high winds. Some metal roofing products are also so energy efficient that they can get you a tax deduction!

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Drawbacks to Metal Roofing in Oakland
Metal roofing is a bit more expensive to install than asphalt shingles; however, when you take into account the low maintenance requirements and longevity of metal roofing, Oakland homeowners might actually end up saving money opting for the more expensive material in the long run. Metal roofing still provides little insulation, but can easily be supplemented to perform just as well as any other material. In fact, if it is installed over an existing roof, you get to keep the insulate properties of the underlying material (plus, you won't have the added expense of pulling that material up during installation). Stronger materials and better installation techniques have even reduced the frequency of dents on metal roofs due to impact, and have all but eliminated issues involving rust.

Jon Nunan is a freelance writer who draws on his experience in construction, ranging from landscaping to log home building, for his articles on home improvement.