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.