Pros and Cons of a Metal Roof

Wood shingles, wood shake shingles, slate, tiles, cedar, asphalt shingles – when it comes to roofing materials, there are so many options. Today, one of the most popular choices for roofing materials is metal.

 

Installing a metal roof has its own advantages and disadvantages. If you are considering getting one for your home, you should be prepared for its pros and cons for you to be able to make an informed decision.

 

Pros:

 

Longevity – Metal roofs have a long lifespan of around 20 to 50 years if maintained properly. Almost all metal roofs are painted and this paint has its own life expectancy of around 25 years.

 

Durability – You can depend on the durability of metal roofs as it can outlast many different elements that could potentially damage other roofing materials such as fire and mold. Metal would not rot either. Unlike concrete or tiles, it would not crack upon impact from hailstones. During winter, metal roofs are excellent in shedding snow as well.

 

Fast and easy to install – Metal roofs are lightweight and are considered to be one of the easiest roofing materials to work with and install.

 

Energy saving – Since the metal roof is excellent at reflecting heat, it doesn’t absorb the heat from the sun and can help keep the temperature indoors a bit colder than outside. Thus, you don’t always need to turn on the air conditioning system.

 

Cons:

 

A possibility of being deformed – Although metal roofing can withstand impact, it doesn’t mean that it would not sustain any damage when hit. For an instance, if a hailstone hits a metal roof, it is likely to cause dents.

 

Noise – the Metal roof is not the best choice if you want to live quietly. When rain hits a metal roof, it would naturally create noise that might be a bit disruptive to some.

 

Costly – The cost of installing a metal roof is relatively higher than installing other roofing materials such as asphalt shingles. However, if you would put into consideration the longevity and durability the metal roof can give you, you might realize that you will get your money’s worth in the long run.