Once you’ve decided to replace your roof, one of the biggest decisions you have to make is what material to choose for your new roof. Metal is a popular option, but like all materials, there are pros and cons to metal roofs.
Is metal the best choice for you? Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages:
Metal Roofing Pros
The first things most people notice about metal roofing is its sleek, modern appearance, but this is just one of the many advantages of using metal roofing materials.
Metal roofing is one of the toughest materials out there. Because your roofing is made of sheets rather than shingles or tiles, the roof is extremely sturdy in high winds. This type of roofing also holds up extremely well in rain, snow, and sleet, since there are few seams and the metal material is coated to resist fading and cracking. Metal roofing is so tough that it lasts 50+ years when maintained properly!
Because you don’t have to replace a metal roof every fifteen years like you would with a shingle or tile roof, you’ll save a lot of money by choosing metal – and the savings don’t stop there. Metal roofs can be installed on top of existing roofs, which means you don’t have to pay to discard your old roof and it takes your roofing company less time to complete the project. In addition, metal roofs are energy efficient because they reflect the sun’s rays. If you live in a warmer climate, installing a white metal roof can save you up to 40% on annual energy costs.
If energy efficiency is important to you, you might also be happy to know that metal roofing is typically made from 30% to 60% recycled materials. Zinc roofing is especially energy efficient to manufacture and is a fully recyclable material.
Metal Roofing Cons
The biggest disadvantage to metal roofing is the upfront cost. Although you ultimately save money because your roof will last longer, the upfront cost are higher than average. If you plan to move in the next few years, you may not get a return on investment, but if you plan to stay in your house long-term, it makes financial sense.
Metal material poses some challenges as well. While you shouldn’t have to walk on your roof to repair it for quite some time, if you need to walk on your roof to sweep your chimney on clean a vent, conditions will be much more dangerous, since metal can be extremely slippery. Metal will also dent if you walk on it incorrectly or even if you go through a hail storm. If this is a concern for you, go for steel, which is much harder, or look for a brand that guarantees it will not dent.
Metal also expands and contracts with the weather, which could create problems with fasteners coming loose. Always work with a roofing company that installs your metal roofing system with fasteners that will accommodate movement. Even so, your metal roof can look wavy on very hot days if you live in a warm climate.
Lastly, some people do not like metal roofs because they can be noisy. When it rains, the water will ping off the roof, and while some people find this comforting, others find it annoying, especially when trying to sleep. If the noise of a metal roof concerns you, your installers can use insulation and plywood to minimize the noise you’ll hear when inside your house.
If you have more questions about the pros and cons of metal roofing, Roofing-Pro has the answers. Call us today at 336-841-1222. We’ll be happy to walk you through your roofing options to choose a material that works for your home and budget.