Every year, thousands of homeowners add new roofs to their homes, choosing from a variety of different roofing materials when making this upgrade. One of the most popular of these choices is metal roofing, a type that suits certain homes and specific situations.If you are interested in adding a metal roof to your home but aren’t sure if this is the right choice, we’ve compiled the following information to make your decision easier. With our help, you can choose the best roof for your needs and decide if metal truly is right for you.
The Benefits of Metal Roofs
High-quality metal roofs provide a multitude of benefits that homeowners just can’t ignore. We break down these benefits in the paragraphs below to give you a better understanding of how advantageous metal roofs are for certain types of homes.
Long Life Span
High-quality metal roofs have a shockingly long life span after installation. Some experts estimate that these roofs will last as long as 70 years, which is half a century longer than asphalt roofing, which has a maximum life span of about 20 years or so.Other types of roofing materials may last a little longer than asphalt, but none have the incredible life span of metal roofs. This benefit alone could inspire someone to choose metal roofs, though there are many others to consider on this list.
Intense Strength Against Weathering Damage
Roofs typically suffer from the highest level of damage on a home due to regular weather exposure. The roof suffers from rain, snow, wind, ice and hail exposure and may get damaged very easily. However, metal roofs are designed to withstand most of this damage.For example, metal roofs will withstand gusts of wind up to 140 miles per hour and typically don’t get damaged by hail or other types of impact damage. As a result, homeowners can rest easy during severe storms and relax, knowing that their roof is safe from harm. Just as importantly, metal roofs are also resistant to fire and lightning damage.
A good roof should also improve your home’s energy efficiency, which is why modern roofing materials are designed to help with this aspect of home design. However, few roofing materials are as energy efficient as metal roofing. These roofs reflect solar heat during the summer and seriously reduce cooling costs.Just how much will a metal roof improve cooling costs? Some experts estimate a price drop of at least 10–25 percent. But will heating costs go up during the winter because of reflected sunlight? No, because metal roofs will trap heat in a home and avoid problematic heat loss.
Those who are concerned about the environment will love metal roofs. For example, most roofing materials of this type are made from recycled materials. Typically, about 25–95 percent of metal roofs come from recycled metal, which helps protect the environment from severe metal loss.Just as importantly, you can recycle your metal roof if you decide to install a new type on your home. Unfortunately, this benefit is just not there with most types of shingles. While some may be melted down into new materials, most are merely thrown away and never recycled.
Drawbacks of Metal Roofs
While metal roofs definitely provide many benefits to homeowners, there are many drawbacks to consider before making a purchase. The following are among the most common issues with metal roofs, so please make sure to balance your expectations properly before making a purchase.
The biggest reason people stay away from metal roofs is their cost. Simply put, metal roofs cost two to three times more than other types of roofing installation. So, if your asphalt roof costs $2,000 to install, there’s a good chance that a metal one would cost up to $6,000 to install.Of course, this extra cost is balanced by the fact that a metal roof lasts over three times longer than an asphalt one. As a result, many homeowners are willing to make that investment and will buy a metal roof instead of an asphalt one. However, those on a limited budget may not have that choice.
Beyond the high cost, metal roofs are often much noisier than other types of roofing. For example, rainstorms on metal roofs often create a very annoying variety of noises that can be very distracting, particularly during the night when you are trying to sleep.However, homeowners can add insulation underneath the roof to block much of this noise. Unfortunately, this step adds extra costs to the already high price of metal roof installation. Conversely, though, more insulation will drive down heating and cooling costs, so it’s a bit of a balance.
When extreme heat and cold change strike a roof, the roofing materials may expand and contract to deal with these changes. Unfortunately, metal roofs are particularly prone to this problem. For example, the large panels used in metal roofing expand and contract very heavily in heat and cold.As a result, these panels may shake loose in their frame and decrease a roof’s efficiency. In extreme situations, the panels may actually slide off a home. Thankfully, high-quality fasteners can minimize this risk and keep a roof in great shape for years to come.
Poor Color Matches
One of the toughest elements of metal roof design is matching the color of the roof to a home. Simply put, there are fewer color options with metal roofs. This fact is particularly tricky if you add an expansion to a home years later and try to match the metal.Thankfully, this problem can` be minimized if you buy extra roofing material and save it for a potential expansion. Just as importantly, you can paint a metal roof if necessary, though this step is one that most homeowners are typically unwilling to take, as they prefer the natural style of the metal.
Making a Choice
As you can see, there are many interesting elements to consider when buying a metal roof for your home. So, make sure that you fully examine all of the possibilities before making a choice. And talk to us about this choice to help improve your chances of finding the right roofing materials.