Angie's List: Need a New Roof? Consider Metal - WBAY

Angie's List: Need a New Roof? Consider Metal

The summer home improvement season is in full swing, and some people will be looking to put a new roof on their home.

The experts at Angie's List say you may want to consider a metal roof. Angie's List says metal roofs come in several styles and colors and can look like wood, slate or even asphalt shingles.

Metal roofs can last twice as long as an asphalt shingle roof. Some last up to 50 years. 

There's a catch, though.

"Remember you're going to pay more. It's not unusual to pay two to three times as much," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

"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," says Ryan Westfall, Roofing Company Vice President. "The only con to a metal roof is the cost."

Angie's List says make sure your 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," says Angie. "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."

Angie's List make sure 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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