Heavy Metal: The Good And The Bad Of Metal Roofing

17 January 2017
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When it comes time to replace the roof on your home, you now have an amazing (and confusing) array of roofing materials to choose from. If you have considered the possibility of installing a metal roof, you may be wondering if the good points outweigh the bad ones. Read on to learn more about this type of roofing material to determine if it's a good choice for your home.

Metal Roofs: The Good

  1. It's durable. You may never need to tackle a re-roofing again in your lifetime, with metal roofs being warrantied by the manufacturer for at least 50 years.
  2. It's weather-hardy. Rain, snow, hail, and wind are no match for a metal roof because of the manner that the interlocking sheets or panels are laid out on the roof.
  3. It sheds snow. Accumulations of ice and snow can really pile the weight onto the top of your home in the wintertime. Metal roofs simply allow the frozen stuff to slide off of it instead of clinging to it as it might on an asphalt shingle roof.
  4. It's fire resistant. If you live near woods that are burning or another house on fire, your asphalt roof is vulnerable to drifting and blowing hot embers, which can linger long enough to cause it catch fire. Metal roofs don't have that issue.
  5. It will not rot. If you live in a warm and humid climate, your roof can actually fall victim to rot, unless you have a metal roof.
  6. It is unaffected by termites. Termites have not yet developed a taste for metal.
  7. It can be installed quickly. Metal roofs are available in large and easily installed panels, making quick work of the roofing job. Additionally, these panels can be placed right on top of your old roof, with no need for demo work. It's always nice to save time, but houses without a complete, finished roof are also temporarily vulnerable to the elements and bad weather.
  8. It reflects heat. Metal's shiny surface causes heat to bounce back out into the atmosphere instead of into your interior. This can also save you money on air-conditioning bills.

Metal Roofs: The Bad

  • It's more expensive. The extreme durability that a metal roof provides comes with a price.
  • It can be noisier. Everything that hits your roof will sound louder, such as rain. If you are bothered by the extra noise, you can install some foam insulation underneath the metal to adsorb the sound.
  • It is slippery and can dent. While it allows snow to slide off, it can also make it more difficult to walk across.

To learn more about the benefits of metal roofs, contact a roofing contractor at a company like Christofferson Construction LLC.