Picking the right type of material for your roof is an essential part of any roofing installation or remodel. As a homeowner, you want to consider important facets like strength, life-span, cost, and damageability when choosing the best material for your roof. Metal is a popular choice for roofs, though it does have its weaknesses. Check out these pros and cons of metal roofing to help you decide if this material is the best choice for you!
Pros of a Metal Roof
- Resilience – Metal roofs can withstand wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour. The metal will not crack or corrode and provides excellent durability.
- Life-Expectancy – While roofing made of traditional asphalt usually only lasts about 15-20 years, roofing made of metal can last up to 70 years, depending on the variety of metal you choose.
- Weight – Metal roofing is easy to install because of its lightweight properties. Metal panels can weigh as low as .45lbs. per square foot!
- Fire Resistance – Most modern metal roofing materials have Class A fire-retardant ratings. Metal roofs don’t burn, and can efficiently protect against wildfire, sparks and lightening.
- Energy Efficiency – Metal reflects solar heat, and a metal roof can lower cooling costs in your home by being more energy efficient than other roofing materials.
Cons of a Metal Roof
- Cost – Though metals like stone-coated steel cost around $300-$400 (per 100 sq. feet), premium metals like copper and zinc can cost up to $1,500 (per 100 sq. feet).
- Noise – Roofs comprised of metal can be noisier than traditional asphalt roofs during heavy rain or hail. Additional insulation can be installed with your metal roof, but it might increase your cost.
- Denting – Metal material dents rather easily, and can sustain damage from items like fallen tree limbs or large pieces of hail.
- Modifications – If you’re planning on installing additions to your home or making repairs, you may have a more difficult time color-matching with metal roofing.
- Expandability – Since they are installed in large panels, metal roofs usually have issues with contraction and expansion. Proper fasteners need to be in place that will let the metal breathe while keeping the panels securely in place.
Alternative Roofing, Inc. is a Maryland roofing contractor located in Baltimore. We happily service customers all throughout the state and are well educated in many variations of roofing materials. If you’re having trouble deciding on which material will work best for your roof, or simply want help with a roofing installation or remodel, contact one of our professionals today!