A great alternative to asphalt shingles is a metal standing seam roof. It offers a unique sleek and durable design for your roof. Since asphalt-composition shingles are influenced by oil prices and are derived from petroleum, a metal roof is a good substitute. There are many pros to having a standing seam roof. The roof seals out water, survives heavy winds and easily sheds off heavy snow. In addition, metal is fire, mildew, insect and rot resistant. During the summer, a metal roof reflects the radiant heat from the sun helping to lower air-conditioning cost.
A standing seam roof has a life expectancy of 30 - 50 years with proper maintenance. The roof comes in various colors such as grays, browns, forest greens and earthy reds. The roof can be painted, but this will wear down quicker over time. It is called a standing seam roof because between the panels are seams connected by fasteners which are raised above the level of the metal roofing. The seams are raised or standing as opposed to flush-mounted. A metal standing seam roof is perfect for any home.