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Metal Roofing: Pros and Cons


There are a lot of factors when choosing the different types of roofing material.  We have covered some of the factors you should consider here.  This post gives you a more in depth look at the pros and cons of metal roofing.  Hopefully this post will help give you a deeper understanding of metal panel roofing altogether.  If you need more information or want to look at different types of metal roofing click here.

Metal Roofing Cons:

Cost– Metal Roofing is particularly costly up front.  The material is more expensive itself.  Most contractors also have to charge a higher premium for installation of metal. Metal is more complicated than other materials, such as asphalt, to install.  The quality of the material is also higher than that of asphalt shingles. You pay a higher premium for a better product.

Noisy–  Metal roofing can be noisy during intense rainstorm and hail.  However, with the proper installation it is not as loud as the panels were in the past.

Installation Issues– Metal roofing is more complicated to install and therefore is at a larger risk to leaking if your contractor does not properly install your roof.  To Reduce this risk, look for contractors who are certified in metal roof installation or have a long history of doing so.

Larger Repairs–  Roof repairs on metal roofing panels are more complicated then asphalt roofing. Only a small section of your roof is exposed during an asphalt shingle repair.  Metal roof repairs require removing larger portions of the roof to allow for reparations.

Denting–  Yes, it is true that metal roofing panels can dent.  This can occur from debris (anything from trees to a kid’s baseball) or someone walking on a metal roof without knowing how to properly do so.  Roof repairs or homeowner maintenance may be more difficult if he/she does not want to get up on their roof.

Metal Roofing Pros:

Long lifetime– 50 years-  Metal panels last a long time. Typically they last 50 plus years if put on by a certified roofing professional.

Environmentally Friendly– Many metal roofing panels nowadays are made from recycled materials and are recycled after they expire.  This is a huge bonus to help the environment.

Heat Reflective– The reflectivity from the metal panels helps keep cooling costs low in the house.

Economically Friendly Over Time– One of the reasons that metal roofing is so expensive is that the material is more durable than other materials.  Like with any other quality product you may buy, a longer lifetime means that it is more expensive.  However, if you plan on staying in your home for a while, you don’t have to worry about replacing your roof anytime soon.

Sheds Rain and Snow Easily–  Do you live in an area with a lot of precipitation?  Metal panels help the rain and snow run off due to their smooth surface.  There is a lesser chance of having an area that puddles due to the near seamless arrangement of the metal panels.

Are you considering a metal roof?  Need help deciding if metal roofing is right for your home?  Give us a call at 866-ROOFING to talk with one of our specialists, and set up a free estimate today!

  1. You are right about the pros and cons of the metal roofing, just a small update with new innovations that sound of the rain or the hail has decreased considerably, so if you are scared by the loud rain music then stay assured 🙂

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    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Thanks Ray! We will take a look at it.

  3. I love how you say that metal roofing can last at least 50 years. It would seem that something that will last so long would probably be helpful because it would be really helpful. My sister is considering new materials to replace her roof, so she’ll have to consider getting a metal one to replace it.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Yes, even though metal is more expensive, it’s long lifespan makes up for it! Thanks for your comment Gloria!

  4. I didn’t realize that metal roofing could last for 50 years if correctly installed. You could probably get that life to extend even more if you hired a roof repair company to regularly inspect it and ensure that there aren’t any repairs needed. By maintaining the roof you could avoid any emergency situations like leaks and things like that at the very least.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Yes Kylie you’re absolutely right! Maintaining your roof is key to ensuring that it will last as long as possible!

  5. I never thought of the heat reflective properties of a metal roof. We live in a area of the country that is hot nearly year round. It can really cost a lot to keep the home cool. I would be interested in learning how much you can save by installing a metal roof.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05


      Metal roofs not only can be heat reflective but they last a long time too! A Win, Win!

  6. I had no idea that metal roofs could last 50 years or more. I can see why this would be really nice if you don’t want to have to worry about putting a new one on. You might also want to think about the weather that could come and how that will affect the roof.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Yup, metal roofs are fantastic for most climates! Thanks Scott!

  7. I like that you mention that a lot of metal roofs are made from recycled materials. They seem to be a good option for buildings and homes because of their durability and lifespan. I think they should be incorporated more on commercial buildings and homes.

    • lauraweldon05 lauraweldon05

      Yes, more and more building materials are coming from recycled materials.

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