Metal Roofing – Pros and Cons

by Rachel Laurendeau on August 23, 2013

roofing WisconsinI was out for a drive this morning and saw a house with a metal roof. Metal roofs aren’t that uncommon in my town but this one really stuck out since it was a red metal roof perched atop a two-story green house. It was a little too Christmassy for my liking, but it did get me thinking about the pros and cons of metal roofing.

On The Positive Side

Durability. Depending on the type of metal you choose, some metal roofs are impact resistant, meaning they won’t be damaged by hail or debris, and they are resistant to extremely high wind speeds.

Longevity. While asphalt shingles may last anywhere from 15-30 years with proper maintenance, a metal roof can last 40-70, depending on the material. And when it is time to replace a metal roof, the materials can be recycled.

Safety. Metal doesn’t burn, so this type of roofing material adds extra security for those who live in zones prone to wildfires or lightning strikes.

Energy efficiency. Metal reflects heat and blocks the transfer of heat to the attic, reducing your cooling costs.

Reduced snow loads. Metal roofs offer a low-friction surface allowing for snow or ice to slide right off rather than accumulate.

Versatility. Metal roofing comes in a variety of designs, including the obvious look of lap joint and standing seam, but the metal can also be formed to look like shingles that resemble wood shakes, clay tiles, shingles and Victorian metal tiles.

On The Negative Side

Noise. Metal roofs can be noisy. If you don’t want to listen to heavy rain or hail on the roof you’ll want to add extra insulation at the time of installation.

Tricky installation. While this type of roof can be installed quickly, it must be done correctly or you risk having problems down the road. It is highly recommended that you skip the DIY on this one and hire a professional roofing contractor who is experienced in the installation of metal roofs.

Cost. Metal roofs are more expensive than asphalt roofs but they do last longer. If you plan on living in your home for a long time, the cost work itself out.

Inconsistency. Not all metal roofs are created equally. The durability (to hail, wind, corrosion, etc.) really depends on the type of metal and on the quality of the roofing materials. Additionally, if you add on to your home or need a small section replaced, it might be difficult to color match years down the road.

Want to know more about the options available to you? Talk to your roofer or to a local home improvement expert who can help you decide which roofing material will be best for your home.

Reference: State Farm

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