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Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

posted on Apr 26,2019

If it’s time for you to replace your roof, you might want to think outside of asphalt and go with a newer and more durable roofing material option. Metal roofing is a great material choice for people that want to stray away from the typical asphalt shingle roof and go with something more stylish, and an overall better way of protecting their home. A growing number of homeowners have begun installing metal roofs to their home for new construction and roof replacement. In the past, metal roofing was mainly used for commercial buildings and farm homes, but in recent years it has started to grow in popularity throughout residential neighborhoods. Since the height in popularity, metal roofing has become a close runner up to asphalt shingle roofs.

Why has metal roofing become a favorite for so many homeowners? There are TONS of reasons! Everyone’s home is different and unique in its own way. Factors such as the style of your home, the climate, the weather in your neighborhood, the age of your house, and many more reasons could affect the choice of which roof is the best option for you. Check out the benefits and drawbacks of metal roofing below to find out if metal is the right choice for you. So, what are the pros and cons of metal roofing?

 

Metal roofing pros

 

Lifespan:

 

Metal roofs are by far at the top of the list when it comes to durability. Typically lasting 50 years or longer, if you choose metal once you replace your roof, you ’ll never have to worry about roof replacement again. Asphalt shingles will usually last you 15 to 20 years, but they’ll also deteriorate throughout the years due to weather, wind, insects, heat and more. Sustaining winds up to 140 miles per hour, depending on which metal you choose, your roof will remain impact resistant and protect your home from the toughest storms while maintaining its looks. Metal roofs will never rust, crack, or get damaged from the sun plus you won’t need to do periodic maintenance like other material options.

 

Style:

 

When you think about metal roofs you may get the image of an old corrugated tin barn. Clear that from your mind. Today there are so many stylish options to choose from when using metal roofing. From material options like zinc, aluminum, copper, and steel in an array of head-turning colors, shapes, and finishes, you’ll be able to choose a style that fits your home perfectly. Metal roofing has much more of a variety in style than asphalt shingle roofs. Asphalt may offer different colors but the sleek modern look of metal roofing, in over 100 colors will give you no problem in choosing. The typical metal roof owner usually picks out the ribbed standing seam construction style but if you want to get original you definitely can. Metal roofs can be made to resemble wood shake, slate, clay tiles, and a number of designs. If you want to stand out or even blend in with the beauty of your neighborhood, metal roofing is the way to go. No matter which style you pick, your metal roof will not only remain beautiful, it will remain durable and strong.

 

Energy Efficient:

Everyone wants to save money on their energy bills. Heating and cooling your home can be pretty pricey, especially during the summer and winter. If you usually rack up large energy bills, metal roofing might be the best option for you. Metal roofing reflects solar radiant heat instead of absorbing it like asphalt shingles, which will reduce your home cooling costs by up to 40%. Some metal roofs can come coated with special reflective pigments to lower heat gain so you won’t have to crank up your air conditioner during the summer. Lower bills and a better roof? Sounds like a win.

Eco-Friendly:

Traditional asphalt shingle roofing needs to be replaced every 15 to 20 years, which means that almost 20 billion pounds of asphalt will end up in a landfill each year. Metal roofs, on the other hand, are much more sustainable and consist of 25% recycled materials, and are 100% recyclable on their own. For example, a steel roof can be continuously recycled without losing any of it’s strong and durable qualities. How deep are your environmental values? If you’re interested in solar panels or even rainwater harvesting, metal roofing is a great option. Also because it is so lightweight, if you currently have an asphalt roof, metal panels can be installed right on top of them without ripping off your old roof. This saves time, money, and waste!

Easy Installation:

Getting a new roof installed can be a dreadful process and maybe even feel a bit invading on your personal space. If you want a roof installed quickly without weeks of work, metal roofing is a great choice. Metal panels are lightweight and easy to install. This means that if you use a contractor, your roof will be done in just a few days. Metal is a lot easier to install on steep roof pitches because of the large and lightweight panels. When you choose metal, you and the contractor both will be doing a happy dance. You also won’t have to get your old roof torn off if you used to have an asphalt shingle roof. This saves such a large amount of time so you’ll’ be able to have peace of mind in your own home in no time.

Metal roofing cons

Price:

The benefits of owning a metal roof come at a higher cost than other roofing materials. Investing in a metal roof only makes sense if you plan on staying in your home long enough to enjoy the costly benefits. The price of metal roofing can be about two times higher than an asphalt shingle roof yet still cheaper than other premium roofing materials like slate and cedar. Even though it is quick to install, the price of installation can be more expensive because it takes specialized training and knowledge to install. The upfront costs may be pricey, but you’ll have a lifetime of benefits and will never have to deal with roof replacement again. You’ll definitely get what you pay for.

Walkability:

Metal roofing is highly impact resistant and can come out unscathed after going through things like hailstorms and high winds. On the other hand, walking on the roof can lead to denting. Walking on asphalt roof and other materials are usually no problem but when it comes to metal roofing, there are specials instructions you have to follow. Some manufacturers have optional strengthening backer boards that will increase the ability to walk on your roof with no problem in case you have to clean or perform maintenance.

 

To Many Visitors!

If you don’t want extra attention and a slew of neighbors asking about the amazing curb appeal of your home, a metal roof definitely isn’t for you. Metal roofs have incredible visibility and will make your home stand out from the rest of the houses on your street. Installing a new metal roof will attract almost everyone that passes your home. Talk about a conversation starter!

When it’s time to decide on a new roof, take your time and decide what’s best for your home. Your roof is one of the most important structural components of your home. You want to choose the best of the best to protect your home and your family. If you’re considering getting a metal roof installed, it’s important to weigh out the pros and cons before making a solid decision. Metal roofing is a great choice for any style of home. If metal is at the top of your list, get ready for a beautiful roof that will last.

Posted on Apr 26,2019 in Roof

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