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Replacing a roof comes with dozens of decisions, including the type of roof covering to choose. While most homeowners opt for the traditional style and convenience of asphalt and fiberglass shingles, about 700,000 consumers each year find value and curb appeal in the new generation of metal roofing. With all of metal's style, durability, planet friendly features, safety performance and energy efficiency, it's easy to understand why the number of homeowners choosing metal roofs is expected to double by the year 2020.

Most homeowners are pleasantly surprised when a trusted St Louis roofing contractor shows them all of the various metal roof design alternatives available. Today's metal roofing can look like chic architectural shingles, clay tiles, cedar shakes and slate slabs so they enhance most modern home designs. More traditional standing seam metal roofs with their smoother countenance and symmetrical ridges are also still popular, perfect for a mountain lodge or chic modern oasis.

These stylish metal roofs may look like a typical shingle or tile roof, but they're bolstered by all of metal's superior strengths. Unlike most other roof coverings, metal roofs won't mold, rot, crack, warp or curl at the edges.

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This fortification makes metal one of the most durable roofing products on the market today, lasting 40 to 60 years and beyond. That expected lifespan is two to four times greater than that of a regular shingle roof.

This prolonged lifespan is a bonus to environmental concerns as well since there is less tear off waste and manufacturing waste when roofs require less frequent replacement. Metal also maximizes natural and manufacturing resources, containing at least 28 percent recycled materials. Metal roofs can be recycled again and again, further reducing demands on landfills and providing a roof that is ecological and economical.

They stack up well against all of the latest safety ratings for other roofing coverings too. Metal roofs offer top of the line impact resistance for homes in regions that experience heavy hail storms. They are non combustible and extremely resistant to fire and can be installed to resist winds up to 140 miles per hour.

Finally, metal roofs offer excellent energy efficiency. Most regular roofs reach temperatures exceeding 150 degrees on hot days and transfer that heat to interior spaces below. In contrast, metal roofs resist gaining heat during even the sunniest of days, reducing the building's need for air conditioning. Metal roofs can also be painted with energy efficient cool roof pigments that save homeowners as much as 20 percent on cooling expenses.

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