It seems the majority of roofs today are installed with the “ol’ faithful” asphalt shingles, but more and more home owners are taking a deeper look into the possibility of a metal roof. The question is, “Does a metal roof make sense for my home?”. Capstone Roofing takes a deeper dive into the pros and cons of metal roofs, and lets you decide what you think!
It seems the advantages to metal roofing outweigh the drawbacks. What type of roof you ultimately choose will depend on your personal taste, preferences, and budget; therefore, it is important for you to know and understand the pros and cons of all of your choices.
Let’s start with the drawbacks.
Challenges with Metal Roofing
There are some challenges worth knowing when considering a metal roof for your home. As with all products, metal roofing manufacturers are aware of these and constantly work to improve their products to address these concerns.
The biggest drawback to a metal roof is the cost; however, most of this is upfront cost. Metal roofs generally cost more than asphalt shingles, but they are also more durable and will last longer. Therefore, you have a higher cost up front but a much larger return on investment because of the metal’s long-term durability.
This is completely a preference. Some folks believe that living under a metal roof is incredibly noisy when it rains. It is more noisy than living under asphalt shingles; however, manufacturers have been doing a better job of reducing sound production. Even still, some folks love the sound of rain on the house while others would rather enjoy their peace and quiet.
A metal roof can dent if large hailstones hit the surface with force. Aluminum and copper panels are much softer and will dent easier while steel is less prone to denting. Some metal is guaranteed to never dent.
Because metal roofs are installed with large panels, it is more difficult to replace a panel due to damage compared to shingles. This is worth mentioning but very rare due to their longevity.
As with most choices, there are drawbacks; however, the advantages of a metal roof seem to sell itself.
Advantages of Metal Roofing
When installed properly, metal roofs can last twice as long as your standard asphalt shingle. Metal is also resistant to fire, insects, mildew, and rot. Of course warranties may vary, but most metal offers a warranty from 20-50 years. Even the paint typically has a 30-year limited warranty. Therefore, you can expect to receive a long life from your metal roof.
Metal reflects heat from the sun with extreme efficiency. Most homeowners even save money on their power bills because of the air conditioning unit using less energy to cool the home.
Most types of metal roofing ranges from 50-150 pounds per square. This is much lighter than asphalt shingles and even other higher grade roofing materials such as tile, concrete, and slate. Most metal roofing materials can even be installed over the current roofing system without tear off. (This will save money but is not necessarily beneficial – see Roofing).
Maximum Rain Shed
When installed properly, it is practically impossible for rain to get through the metal. Because of the way it is installed with the interlocked system and the hard, slippery surfaces, precipitation sheds off of the roof well.
Metal roofs are given a Class A fire rating (most resistant).
As with all products and services, there are pros and cons. In the roofing industry, it seems the pros of metal roofing systems outweigh the cons. Make sure to work with a quality roofing company who cares more about your needs and desires than getting a sale.
Sure, metal roofs can be more expensive than its counterparts, but due to the increased life span and longevity, you increase your ROI (in more ways than one – see Roofing). In the end, a metal roof is at least worth considering for your home.