No matter how you slice it, a new roof for your home represents a big purchase. Yet, unlike many other costly expenditures, for years your options in the residential roofing market were surprisingly few. Sure, there are numerous companies to choose from, but what these providers really offered you were options for the same thing — asphalt shingles.

These days, the market is changing, and more homeowners are choosing to move away from shingle roofs to metal roofs. Now it’s up to you. Should you join them or continue to utilize a shingle option when looking for your next roof?

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The case for metal roofing

In addition to being visually appealing, metal roofs offer numerous benefits, including:

* Longevity. Metal roofs can last 50 years and often longer while traditional asphalt roofing materials have an expected life of expectancy of roughly 12-17 years. This means when you choose a metal roof you are truly making a once-in-a-lifetime decision.

* Weather resistance. We’ve all been there: A violent storm goes through the area and we spend the next morning walking around our home, looking for fallen shingles. Metal roofs are a considerably stronger option that can withstand wind, driving rain, hail, ice and extreme temperatures.

* Environmentally friendly. As environmentally friendly products gain prominence in several industries, the roofing market isn’t far behind. In addition to the environmental benefits created by their longevity, metal roofs are largely recyclable, meaning those pieces left over from the roof’s construction can be reused — rather than discarded — when the project is complete.

* Property re-sale and insurance benefits. While the costs associated with your metal roof will be less long term, the upfront expenses of installing a metal roof can be higher than an asphalt shingle roof. But, the longevity of metal roofing is seen as a positive for many would-be home buyers and homes, with metal roofs typically seeing a 1-6 percent increase in their home’s property value. You may also be able to enjoy better rates on your homeowner’s insurance, as metal roofs are less susceptible to fire and other forms of damage when compared to their asphalt cousins.

* Reduced maintenance. A properly installed metal roof will leave you with little maintenance. Simply remove branches, dirt and other debris from the surface and gutters a few times a year and your roof will take care of itself.

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Once you’ve decided a metal roof is the right solution for your needs, choosing a metal roofing option can be daunting.

The patented Eclipse Roof System by Lester Building Systems is both beautiful and functional. It is strong, sleek and offers you an exceptional value. The 36-inch-wide panels install more quickly and easily than the typical standing seam metal roofing panel while requiring one-third to one-half the metal panels and no roofing deck. This saves you money and time, ensuring you get the best roof for you on a budget that works for your needs.

To learn more about the Eclipse Roof System, contact us today.