Metal roofing is becoming popular in Round Rock and throughout the Austin area.
One of the biggest draws to metal roofing is that it saves money over time. Although any new roof is an investment, it may ultimately pay for itself. There are three big ways metal roofing pays you back:
Reduced Energy Costs
Metal roof owners are big winners when it comes to energy costs. A modern metal roof system reflects an enormous amount of solar radiation away from your roof, so your air conditioner doesn’t need to work as hard.
Roof Repair Savings
Like all roofs, metal has its own maintenance needs. However, metal stands up to more punishment than shingle roofs. It’s built to resist rain, snow, and wind, and it’s fireproof. You can even space out inspections and maintenance a bit more.
Lower Insurance Premiums
This is a newer factor, but no less vital. Insurers are starting to understand just how great metal roofing can be. In some cases, you can reduce your homeowner’s insurance premium by investing in a new roof, since it makes your house more likely to stand up to disasters.
That raises an important question: Just how money much can metal roofing save you?
Savings From a Metal Roof: A Quick Calculation
The exact savings you can get from a metal roof depends on several different factors.
Some of these are:
- The total square footage of your home
- The type and color of your roof system
- The HVAC system you have installed
- Whether you have sufficient insulation
- The cost of electricity in your town or city
That said, we can make a few quick estimates that will give you a sense of the possibilities.
There are more than a dozen electric providers in Houston, with costs ranging anywhere from 16.8 cents per kilowatt hour on the high end to 8.4 on the low end. Average costs run 11 to 13 cents per kilowatt hour – and air conditioning is one of the biggest energy drains.
An average central air conditioning system will use 3,000 to 5,000 watts of electricity for nine hours a day. In the summer, systems will run longer, closer to 11 or 12 hours every day. Added up, and subtracting winter, you could be using your system 3,000 hours a year.
- 4000 watts is 4 kilowatts
- x 3,000 hours per year
- 12,000 kilowat hours (kwH)
- At a rate of 12 cents per kwH
That works out to $1,440 a year just to operate your air conditioning system! Wow!
Now, how much will a metal roof save you simply by being there? We can figure that out with a whole lot less math: Metal roofing reflects about 50% of solar radiation, so if we assume your AC will run 50% less to stay at the temperature you want, that’s over $700!
No matter how you look at it, metal roofing is a terrific investment in your home. To make the most of it, contact the pros at Longhorn Roofing today.