If your roof has seen better days, it's time to start thinking about a replacement. Composite shingles are designed to last about 20 years. After that, the material begins to decompose. If you wait too long for a replacement, you may experience leaks and energy loss. That's why you should replace your composite shingle roof before it gets to the 20-year mark. If you've decided to replace your old composite shingles with a new metal roof, here are three things to consider. 

Consider the Cost

When it comes to installing a new metal roof, the first thing you want to consider is the cost. Metal roofing does cost a bit more than the average composite shingle roof. With the added cost, you may be worried about your budget. But, it's important to look beyond the initial cost. Because metal roofs last longer than your standard composite roof, you'll save money in the long run. In fact, metal roofs can last 40 or more years, which is double that of a composite shingle roof. That's why it's important that you consider longevity when determining the cost of your metal roof. 

Consider the Advantages

If you're thinking about installing a metal roof on your home, consider the advantages. There are actually quite a few advantages to choosing a metal roof for your home. One of those advantages is energy efficiency. Metal roofs help to block the elements out. That means your home will stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. As a result, you'll pay less for your energy bills. Maintenance is another advantage that a metal roof has over composite shingles. Metal roofs are virtually maintenance-free. Finally, consider the advantage a metal roof will provide for your home value. When you install a metal roof on your home, you'll reap the benefits of increased property value. 

Consider the Regulations

If you've decided on a metal roof for your home, consider the regulations. Some cities and HOAs have specific rules on the type of roofing material that can be used on homes. The best way to avoid problems with either entity is to ask questions before you sign a contract. Your roofing contractor can help you identify city codes and regulations regarding roofing material standards for your city. To locate HOA regulations, you can talk to your HOA management team.

If it's time for a new roof, make the most of your investment. Talk to a roofing contractor about choosing a metal roof for your home.