Among the benefits of metal roofing are the amount of choices available. Multiple types of metal, a variety of colors, the ability to paint the panels, along with different profiles (some are manufactured to look like wooden shake shingles), make metal roofs popular among homeowners. This variety of choices allows homeowners to customize a roof based on durability, style and price. Metal roofs stand the test of time; they last between 40 to 70 years. They are relatively light weight, can withstand strong winds, are fireproof, and require little to no maintenance. A metal roof system is energy efficient; reflecting solar heat and cutting back on cooling costs. Metal roofing is more expensive than other options, however, the larger initial investment is worth the added expense because of the longevity of these roofs.