The Benefits of Metal Roofing

Middleton & Madison WI Roofing Contractor Roof Repair-4When it’s time to replace your roof, it’s important to understand what your options are so you can weigh out which type of roofing is best for your home — and your budget.

At Legacy Exteriors, we install three kinds of roofing: asphalt, metal and rubber.

That said, today we’re going to focus on the benefits of metal roofing, to give you a solid idea of what you can expect if you choose this type of solution.

Let’s start off with a quick definition …

A premium product, metal roofing has a higher cost than asphalt shingles. It also has a much better lifespan, as a metal roof can last for up to 50 years or more.

We often install standing seam metal roofing systems, which are a type of roofing that is made of aluminum, and can last up to 50 years without needing any major repairs or replacements. A standing seam metal roof has interlocking panels that run from the ridge of the roof to the eave. 


  • COLOR OPTIONS: Standing seam metal roofs are available in colors like : green, brown, bronze and silver.
  • LONG LIFE: With the ability to last up to 50 years or more, a metal roof lasts considerably longer than an asphalt roof, which has an estimated life expectancy of 12-20 years. As you may have guessed, with this longevity comes …
  • DURABILITY: Another benefit of metal roofing is the amazing durability it offers. A metal roof can withstand wind gusts of 100+ MPH. And they’re virtually maintenance free. As long as they’re installed correctly, they won’t corrode or crack over time.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIAL: Surprisingly, even with the durability and longevity that comes with a metal roof, they’re actually remarkably light!
  • EFFICIENT, EASY INSTALLATION: A fast, easy installation process is another one of the benefits of metal roofing. One of the reasons for this is the fact that most metal roofing materials come in 12- to 36-inch-wide panels that can be easily handled and installed because of their size and weight.
  • SAFETY: Metal roofing does not spark or ignite from wildfire or a lightning strike.
  • FUNGUS- & MOSS-PROOF: Unlike asphalt shingles, a metal roof is not prone to mildew, moss, and fungus.
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT: A metal roof reflects UV and infrared light, which can yield (on average) a 10 to 25% reduction in cooling costs.
  • ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: A metal roof contains anywhere from 25-95% recycled content, and they’re 100% recyclable, too. This is in stark contrast to “shingle tear-off waste,” which can cause up to 20 billion pounds of waste per year.
  • SOLAR FRIENDLY: Sticking with the environmentally-friendly theme, another benefit of a metal roof is the fact that installation of solar panels is easy. 
  • EXCELLENT RAIN AND SNOW SHEDDING: For us Wisconsinites, improved rain and snow shedding is a very popular benefit, indeed! This occurs because the hard, slippery nature of a metal roof makes it easier for snow and rain to slide right off. 

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