Our neighbors are re-roofing just their porch and are thinking about using a metal roof because they've always loved the look and their low-maintenance, not to mention the pitter-patter sound of the rain on summer nights. We've always loved the look of standing-seam metal roofs and how they can add a modern but farmhouse style to even a nondescript house. More pictures after the jump.
Metal roofs are fire-resistant and snow doesn't stick to them like asphalt roofs, our neighbors tell us. They also say that metal roofs need less insulation than shingled roofs, and keep the house cooler in the summer since much of the heat is reflected away from the house. And they're easier on the environment because, unlike asphalt, they can be recycled. We pulled up these photos from some New England builders and architectural firms and like how these metal roofs blend in even if they're installed on only part of a house.
Finding someone to install a metal roof isn't that hard on the East Coast, and although they can be more expensive than an asphalt roof to put in, many have warranties that last a lifetime. And instead of "just" reshingling, they can make your house look a little more special in the neighborhood.
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