If you’re considering a metal roofing system for your home, it will be important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of metal roofs vs other materials available on the market today.
Advantages of Metal Roofs:
- If you’re like most people one of the first questions you have about a new roof is how long will it last? Metal Roofing systems have a varied life expectancy, which vary from 20 to 50 yrs.
- Durability is a quality often associated with metal roofs. Advantages of metal roofs include sustaining high winds (120mph to 140 mph), they wont corrode or crack, and depending on the metal you select if will impact-resistant. Furthermore, because of the way metal roofing interlocks it shed snow rain easily.
- Though metal roofing has a low insulation R-value they reflect radiant heat from the Sun which means you’ll use less A/C during the summer months. The energy cost savings can be as much 10-25%.
- Metal roofs are recyclable making them environmentally friendly.
Disadvantages of Metal Roofs:
- In addition to wondering how long a roof will last, the other big question is how much will my roof cost? Metal roofs can be two to three times more expensive than other material. If you are planning to invest in a metal roof, you should consider how long you plan to stay in your home.
- Because metal expands and contracts as it warms and cools it’s required to have fasteners attached to the metal roofing system, allowing it to breathe. To avoid issues, it’s important for proper installation so the fasteners do not come loose.
- If you plan to remodel, or if the there is damage to the metal roofing system it can be difficult to find a proper match to the existing metal.
- Metal roofing systems can be noisy during heavy rain or hail storms. However, with proper sound deadening insulation and barrier materials the noise issue can be solved. Keep in mind, this can add to the overall increased cost of the metal roofing system.