Homeowners who are looking for a new roof often wonder if a metal roof would work on their home. Here are some pros and cons of metal roofing to help you decide if a metal roof is right for you & your home.
Benefits of Metal Roofing
Metal roofs are durable & long-lasting
Metal roofs are durable and weather resistant. They’re strong enough to support heavy loads and can handle winds up to 140 mph without damage, and they don’t corrode or crack.
A recent McGraw-Hill survey found that 26 percent of homeowners cited longevity as their primary reason for investing in metal and another 22 percent said they were swayed by its strength. A properly installed metal roof typically will last as long as the house, with an expected lifespan of 40 to 70 years and, often, a 30- to 50-year manufacturer’s warranty to boot. By contrast, traditional asphalt roofing typically lasts 20-22 years.
They are environmentally friendly
Metal roofs are made up of recycled material and are 100% recyclable. They provide an ideal platform for eco-friendly initiatives. They’re lighter than asphalt roofs, and you don’t need to rip them off your house.
Metal roofs are energy efficient
You’re likely to see a great return on investment on the installation of a metal roof from the savings in monthly cooling and heating costs thanks to its reflective properties. Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat instead of absorbing it, which (especially in the summer) can reduce cooling costs by as much as 25% according to the Metal Roofing Alliance.
Some metal roofing comes coated with special reflective pigments to minimize heat gain, allowing you to stay cool inside without having to turn up the air conditioner.
They are stylish
You can choose from different types of metal roofing like tin, zinc, aluminum, copper, or galvanized steel in a variety of colors & finishes. Modern metal roofing comes in more than 100 different colors. Steel and aluminum, the two most common metals used in residential roofing, are both designed to hold paint finishes well.
Lots of homeowners with metal roofs design theirs with the traditional vertical ribbed panels (also known as “standard seam” construction). But, fans of traditional profiles can opt for a metal shingle manufactured to resemble wood shakes.
Cons of Metal Roofing
Metal roofs can be noisy
Metal roofs can be noisier than traditional roofing in heavy rain or thunderstorms, but extra layers of solid sheathing or insulation beneath it will typically minimize the sound heard inside. But, these extra layers will need to be factored into the overall cost of the roof.
They can be dented
Today’s metal roofs are designed to withstand decades of extreme weather, but some metal can still be dented by large hail or falling branches.
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If you have more questions about metal roofing & if it’s right for your home, we’re here to help! Tristate Roofing & Remodeling has over 60 years of combined experience. Call us today to set up an appointment for a free estimate!