A Closer Look On the Pros and Cons of Metal Residential Roofing
Are you on the fence about installing metal residential roofing? Knowing the pros and cons will help you decide if a metal roof is a should-do, or a shouldn’t-do, for your home.
It’s very easy to get confused when you’re researching roofing options. After all, this is a one-time, big project, and not one that you should take lightly. Your roof is your home’s protection, and as such it is well worth weighing the positives and negatives of each option.
In the last twenty years or more, metal residential roofing has exploded in the mainstream media as one popular roofing option. Its popularity is largely shaped by homeowners preferring it over slate, asphalt, tiles, and other conventional roofing materials. Let us take a close look at the reasons for its growing popularity.
Metal roofs are generally warrantied for 50 years, and there are metal roofs that have been around for over a century! Ever seen an old building with a greenish roof? That’s a metal roof, probably copper.
Strength and Durability
Metal roofs are very strong and can withstand any weather change. It cannot be blown away by winds, will not leak during rains and will not collapse under heavy snowfall. Metal roofs provide you with instant fire-proofing because they do not catch fire. This is the reason why insurance companies offer lower premiums if you have metal residential roofing. Obviously nothing beats metal roofing when it comes to giving you protection.
If you are an environmentalist or just an eco-friendly individual, metal roofs can help you with your advocacies for the environment. Steel is considered as the best material for roofing because it helps in the reduction of chemical use. If the time will come when you need to replace your roof, the old metal roofing you have can be recycled. Yet, it won’t be too soon for you to replace your metal roof and you probably won’t during the time you’re in your house.
Lower Utility Bills
Traditional roofing materials absorb heat, thus necessitating expensive air conditioning. In contrast, metal residential roofing reflects heat. Some even have finishes which send heat back into the air, thereby eliminating your need for air cooling devices and saving you money.
Lower Maintenance Costs
Upkeep and maintenance are minimal with a metal roof, as they don’t split, crack, rot or curl as they age. Some metal roofs may need a new coat of finish every few years, but basically you can install it once and forget about it.
Now, some disadvantages:
At the start, the price of metal residential roofing and the cost of installation indeed is higher than that of other roofing materials but it is actually cost-effective in the long run. In time, you will regain 75% to 95% of your expenses in terms of lower insurance premiums, lower energy bills and zero maintenance costs.
Some metal residential roofing can be noisy in the rain or hail. This can be avoided though if you use noise-reducing insulation.
Dings and Dents
Especially in heavy hail storms, metal roofs can scratch and dent. Still, there are finishes that you can select to provide you with more protection and thus hide any surface flaw or imperfection.
Given the many advantages and the few disadvantages which are manageable, pushing through with metal residential roofing is the wiser choice.