Whether you are a roofing contractor or a homeowner looking for the right roof, making the right decision can save time and money.
Whether you are putting a roof on new construction, replacing an existing roof, or covering an old and worn shingle roof, doing it right the first time is important.
A metal roof is a great option because they are long-lasting, require little maintenance, they are energy efficient, and they look great.
So what's the drawback?
There are a few. We've highlighted the reasons metal roofs can be right or wrong for your home. Scroll down to learn more.
What are the advantages of a metal roof?
Here are 5 top reasons a metal roof can be a good choice for any home:
Most metal roofing material today will last 40-60 years in normal environments. Here in North Carolina, you can expect a metal roof to outlast you. Typical asphalt shingle roofing only lasts an average of 10-20 years.
Unlike asphalt shingles, a metal roof can withstand a beating. Installed properly, a metal roof can withstand wind gusts 100mph and up. Sun will not affect the metal and they withstand corrosion for a long time.
A metal roof can withstand an impact much better than an asphalt roof. A limb or small tree falling on the roof will have little to no impact. A metal roof can also withstand fire and will not ignite due to an ember.
- Energy efficient
A metal roof reflects solar heat while an asphalt roof absorbs it. A metal roof can decrease cooling costs by 10-20%.
- Environmentally friendly
Metal roofs are completely recyclable and even made up of recycled materials to start with. An asphalt roof cannot be reused and contributes to billions of pounds of landfill waste each year.
What are the disadvantages of a metal roof?
All good things don't come without a cost. Here are the disadvantages of a metal roof:
A metal roof can be 2 to 3 times more expensive than an asphalt shingle roof. If the homeowner plans on living in the home for a long time, this cost is reduced over the years.
A metal roof doesn't have the noise insulating value you typically find with a shingle roof. Rain and hail on a metal roof can sound like a freight train going by.
- Reaction to heat and cold
Metal roofs are installed in large panels. If installed improperly, the expansion and contraction can lead to loose panels that leak.
- Performance when installed wrong
Always make sure to install a metal roof properly or hire someone who knows how to do it well. Installed improperly, a metal roof can deteriorate quickly if there is standing water.