The first thing most people think about when asked about roofing is plain old asphalt shingles. They are the most common choice in the United States. To a log cabin lover, asphalt shingles are about as exciting as vinyl siding.
More and more people are considering metal roofs when buying log cabin kits. The juxtaposition of a log cabin and a metal roof is a thing of beauty. Both will last for generations to come. A log cabin kit should include a roof and metal roofs can be an option. If you’re a homeowner, a metal roof will increase your property value. If you’re a campground owner, metal roofs on your site’s log cabins will contribute to a healthy ROI. Whether you’re a campground owner of a private homeowner, here are some reasons you should consider a metal roof for your log cabin.
- Variety – Metal roofs can be made of stainless steel, galvanized steel, aluminum, zinc, copper and various other alloys. Available in a wide variety of colors from patriot red to forest green to ocean blue, there’s something for everyone. With different styles you can achieve the look of wood shingles, tile or slate if desired.
- Energy Savings – metal roofs save on cabin cooling costs by helping to reduce the solar heat load of homes. Savings can be up to 40% depending on the roof color and cabin location.
- Virtually maintenance free – The roof may occasionally require a light cleaning with plain water or household detergents but generally maintenance is minimal.
- Longevity – depending on the material and type, life expectancies are up to 70 years. 50 year warranties are not uncommon. This longevity leads to a very low life cycle cost.
- Green – metal roofs are sustainable, recyclable and reusable. New metal roofs are often made with recycled material and are 100% recyclable at the end of their service lives. They will never end up in a landfill like asphalt shingles which are the largest contributor to landfill waste of any building material.
- Federal tax credit – through the end of 2016 homeowners can receive up to $500 in Residential Tax Credits for the installation of a qualifying metal roof system on their primary residence.
- Element resistance – You don’t have to worry about shingles blowing off in heavy winds. Metal roofs will also shed heavy snow loads and are resistant to mold, rot and insects.
- Insurance savings – Some insurance companies offer discounts for homes with metal roofs since they won’t catch fire and perform better in high winds than traditional roofing materials.