Metal Roofing: 11 Advantages and Drawbacks
Planning to install a roof on a new home? Or maybe it’s time for a roof replacement? No matter why you’re in the market for a new roof, it’s critical that you choose materials that offer substantial strength, durability, and longevity.
At Eastern Roofing & Siding, we’re here to help you select the best products to meet your unique needs. To help you determine whether you should consider a metal roof for your home, we’ve outlined X advantages and drawbacks of metal roofing.
7 Advantages of Metal Roofing
Though metal isn’t the most popular roofing material on the market today (asphalt shingles currently hold that title), more recently, increasing numbers of homeowners are opting to install metal roofs. Why? Because metal roofing offers a number of distinct benefits that other roofing materials simply don’t provide. They include:
● Longevity. Metal roofs have an average lifespan of about 40-70 years, which is far longer than most other roofing materials on the market. Even better, most metal roofing comes with a 30-50 manufacturer warranty.
● Low maintenance. Metal roofs do not require anywhere near the level of periodic maintenance that other roofing materials necessitate. And even with minimal maintenance, the probability of requiring roof repairs is low.
● Wind resistance. Most metal roofs can withstand winds of up to 140 mph, while some can even withstand gusts of up to 180 mph.
● Fire resistance. Metal roofing has a Class A fire-resistance rating, meaning it will not spark or catch fire.
● Eco-friendly. Most metal roofing materials are fully recyclable when they reach the end of their lifespan. Even better, brand new, metal roofs (depending on the type of metal) are 25-95% recycled content.
● Durability. Metal roofing features specialty coatings that make it both corrosion and crack resistant. Most types of metal roofs are impact resistant as well.
● Energy efficiency. Because metal roofs reflect rather than absorb solar radiant heat, they can help lower your annual heating and cooling costs.
If you’re considering a metal roof, be sure to consult with a qualified roofing contractor on the best options for your needs. Certain types of metal roofing are less sturdy than others, so if you’re looking for extreme durability and longevity, the pros can advise you on what you should select.
4 Drawbacks of Metal Roofs
Despite their many advantages, metal roofs come with a few drawbacks. They include:
● Noise. A metal roof can be quite noisy, especially in the midst of a heavy hailstorm or downpour. However, excess noise doesn’t necessarily have to be a problem. Extra layers of sheathing or insulation installed beneath the roofing panels can dramatically minimize the amount of noise you hear indoors.
● Affordability. Of all roofing materials on the market, metal is typically the most expensive, both in terms of material costs and installation expenses. However, because metal roofing is so durable and long lasting, if you choose to install a metal roof, it may be the last roof you ever need.
● Denting. Lower quality metals can be prone to denting under impact.
● Contraction and Expansion. If metal roofing is not properly installed with fasteners that allow the material to “breathe,” the panels may expand and contract, leading to loosening over time. This is one of many reasons you should only hire licensed, experienced roofing contractors to perform your installation. Always do your research!
Eastern Roofing & Siding: Your Twin Cities Source for Quality Roof Installation
If you’re in the market for a new roof, get in touch with our team at Eastern Roofing & Siding today. We specialize in residential roof installation, repair, replacement, and storm damage repairs. Depending on the scope of your project, our experienced roofing contractors can complete your roof in as little as a single day. To learn more about our services or request a free estimate, contact our Cottage Grove office at 651-238-1313 or send us a message, and we’ll be in touch.