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02/01/05

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Metal Roofing


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Q: I remember lying in bed as a child at Grandma's house, hearing the rain on her tin roof, so I'm curious about the new metal roofs I'm seeing everywhere. How do their cost and durability compare to other roofing? -- Susan

A: The renewed popularity of metal roofs points to our desire for an old-fashioned kind of appeal. But make no mistake; the roofs are thoroughly modern. They are typically no-maintenance, painted aluminum or steel rather than the rust-prone tin you might find on a lake cabin. Plus, they are laid on top of much more than the 1-inch slats and tar paper of yesteryear. "There's now a foot of insulation between the roof and the ceiling," says Robert Criner, a building contractor in Yorktown, Virginia. When it rains on such a roof, Criner says, the sound inside the house is much more muted. The new metal roofs differ from Grandma's in another key area: They are expensive, costing about three times more than asphalt roofs, Criner says. But they also hold up longer. Painted steel roofs will last 20-50 years or more, and copper roofs can last up to 100 years. Typical asphalt roofs, meanwhile, are good for 15-30 years.

There are other ways to enjoy the rattle of rain on the roof, as well. A copper-roofed bay window can bring the sound of rain inside. Or, a porch or overhang made of aluminum will echo with the pitter-patter of raindrops. In fact, the patter you heard at Grandma's house might have come from metal awnings that were popular 50 years ago.

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