Are Metals Roofs a Worthwhile Investment?

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Before you put the pedal to the metal on metal, listen to Shea Downs’ input.

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Homeowners frequently ask Shea Downs of Capital City Roofing about the respective pros and cons of metal roofs and shingle roofs. Usually, the motivation behind such an inquiry is economical. No quality roof is cheap, so homeowners want to get the most bang for their buck.

According to Shea, a metal roof will last much longer than a shingle roof, but the upfront cost will be nearly 2.5 to 3x the cost. From a financial perspective, a metal roof will only be of maximum value if the home you’re living is your forever home. Even if you plan on selling your home in the next 10 to 15 years, Shea says a metal roof may not be the way to go, primarily because the value of the roof won’t translate to a dollar-for-dollar return when you sell.

The true value of a metal roof is in its longevity, not what it adds to your property when you sell.

If you’re considering having a metal roof installed, be sure to compare the cost difference and see if it’s something that makes sense for your budget and goals as a homeowner. You should think of it as an investment, but not one that will yield a solid ROI when you sell.

Also, before putting a metal roof on your house, consult your Realtor. Shea said he’s seen plenty of instances of someone putting a metal roof on their home only to realize that theirs is now the only one in the entire neighborhood that doesn’t quite fit. A metal roof does run the risk of making your home stand out in a bad way, so there again, it’s worth asking whether your current home is truly your forever home.

If you have further questions about this or any other real estate-related topic, feel free to reach out via phone or email. I’m always happy to chat with you about the value of your home and what’s going on in the market.

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