Metal Roofing: Pros and Cons

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Metal Roofing: Pros and Cons

June 21, 2017 Blog 21

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!


21 Responses

  1. Ron Pickle says:

    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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  3. Gloria Durst says:

    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 says:

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

  4. Kylie Dotts says:

    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 says:

      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.

  6. scott says:

    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.

  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.

  8. It’s great that you’ve mentioned how metal roofing, even with its high price tag, is durable than other materials and therefore have a longer lifetime. We just moved into a new house and we want a new roof that we won’t have to worry about for quite some time. I’ll mention this to my wife and get in touch with a metal roof manufacturer to see if getting one would be a good fit for our house.

  9. I love the fact that metal roofs can last 50 years if they are professionally installed. My husband and I really like the look of metal roofing, and there are a few houses in our area that have recently had new, metal roofs installed, and we want to do the same. Since they do cost more than traditional materials, it is good to know that they will last a long time.

  10. I have a friend who’s building a custom cabin up in the mountains and they are going with metal roofing. I had never considered that option before and was curious about why it appealed to them. It’s super interesting that a metal roof can last up to 50 years and will keep cooling costs low.

  11. My husband and I are planning to replace our roof soon and we are trying to find a material that will work best for our home. You make a great point that metal panels typically lasts around 50 years and I think that this would make metal a cost-effective material because if its durability. Also, the fact that metal panes help rain and snow to run off is a huge benefit because we live in a climate with harsh winters and a lot of snowfall.

  12. Damian says:

    Thanks for this informative post! It’s great that you were able to do so to guide us in making more informed choices and not haphazardly make some decisions that may be very costly in the long run. Many points to take into consideration before coming to a verdict.

  13. Thanks for this informative post! It will be really helpful for those who are considering buying metal roofing for their homes, it’s very important to weigh the pros and cons of metal against other common roof materials, such as asphalt, wood, and tile.

  14. Metal roofing sounds like a pretty great option. I love how you said that they can last around 50 years or so. Having one roof on our home for the rest of my life would be awesome!

  15. Gerty Gift says:

    I liked how you said that it will help to keep cooling costs low because of its reflectivity. My brother has been thinking about getting a metal roof lately and it made me curious about just what it will do for him. It sounds like it would really help to lower his costs and make his house pretty safe.

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