Metal is an increasingly popular option as a roofing material. A metal roof can be considerably more expensive to install than a conventional asphalt shingle roof, but it lasts much longer and needs far less maintenance, meaning that if you stay in your home for the long term, it is cost-effective. However, not everyone is sold on the benefits of metal roofing, so you may have concerns about the resale value of your home.
Metal roofs used to be very obvious and considered unattractive. They now come in a variety of styles and colors to suit many different types of architecture and neighborhoods. If your metal roof is in keeping with your style of house and does not stand out, it should not affect the “curb appeal” of your home.
If metal roofs are uncommon in your town or neighborhood, your home may stand out. This could be considered a negative by some buyers, and it may lead to fewer interested viewers if you sell. Metal roofs are far more common in some areas than others, usually in parts of the country with damp or extreme climates, such as Washington state, Florida or New Hampshire.
If you live in an area of the country with severe winter weather and a high expected snowfall, a metal roof can add value to your house. It will last longer and shed snow much better than a shingle roof. They also resist rot and corrosion in warm, damp climates. If you live in an area where snow or damp is not such a concern, this factor may be neutral on value.
Because of their heat-reflective properties, and because they can be very effectively insulated, metal roofs are much more energy efficient than conventional roofs. This is a great resale point that should add value to your home.
If you can point out to the person buying your house that the roof has an expected life span of 40 to 50 years, this is a positive selling point for your home. Metal roofs often come with lengthy warranties from the installer, too. The prospect of never having to re-roof the home should be attractive to a buyer.