What to Know Before Getting a Metal Roof
Though metal roofing is used quite often on commercial buildings, it is starting to gain traction in residential communities as well. If you own a home in the Vancouver area and are considering a new roof installation, metal roofing has many attractive qualities that make it an ideal choice. From its longevity and durability to being energy efficient and environmentally friendly, metal roofing has a lot of positive perks. However, with any major home renovation, it is always wise to consider both the pros and the cons before making any decisions.
What are the Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing?
Though the positives do greatly outweigh the negatives of metal roofing, it is always smart to be well informed when making such a significant decision about your home.
Pros of Metal Roofing
The benefits of a metal roofing include:
Long Life Span
One of the biggest draws of a metal roof is how long it lasts. Most standard asphalt roofs only last around 15 to 20 years, but metal roofs can last double to almost quadruple that with a 40 to 70-year lifespan.
The reason metal roofs can last so long is because of how durable they are. Some metal roofs can survive in high winds up to 140 miles per hour. They are also highly resistant to cracks, corrosion, mildew, and rot. Another huge plus of metal roofs is their ability to withstand heat and fire. A lesser-known benefit, but one that is just as important, is that metal roofs are impervious to pests. Asphalt shingles provide lots of places for pests to hide, and they can even chow down on asphalt shingles as well, but not metal.
Easily Shed Rain and Snow
Metal roofs are ideal for areas that see a lot of heavy rain or snowfall. Because metal is a hard and slick surface, snow and rain slide off much easier. On traditional asphalt roofs, snow and rain can pool on the roof and start leaking into the home, but with metal, it is much harder for any water to accumulate as it just slides right off.
Metal roofing might seem like it would be a heavy material; however, it is quite light in comparison to other types of roofing. Most metal roofs weigh about 1.4 pounds per square foot, while asphalt shingles tend to weigh on average around 2 to 5 pounds per square foot. This makes metal roofing not just a great choice overall, but an especially good option for homes that cannot support a heavy roof structure.
Metal roofing is typically made of, at minimum, 25 percent recycled materials, and can themselves be recycled after their 40 to 70 year lifetime on a roof. In comparison, asphalt shingles increase fossil fuel dependency because they are a petroleum product. That, and the fact that they only last at most 20 years and are not recyclable, means that almost 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles end up in landfills every year.
Because metal roofs are heat resistant, they reflect the heat from the sun instead of absorbing it. By doing so, it can reduce the cost of cooling your home in the summer months by up to 25 percent.
A Variety of Styles
Though the selection used to be more limited, with most metal roofs made of steel and aluminum, there are now a number of materials and colors to choose from. Modern metal roofs are often available in over 100 different colors and come in a variety of materials, such as zinc, tin, copper, galvanized steel, and aluminum. Metal shingles and tiles can also easily be made to resemble other more classic styles like wood shakes, clay tiles, slate, and a number of other designs. Homeowners also have the option to choose from larger metal panels or interlocking metal shingles.
Cons of Metal Roofing
Some of the more negative attributes of metal roofing include:
The upfront cost of metal roofing can be quite steep. While it is still on point with other premium roofing materials, it can cost as much as ten times the amount of traditional asphalt shingles. However, while the upfront cost is a lot, homeowners should keep in mind that the durability and long lifespan of a metal roofs means that they will likely not pay as much for repairs and replacement over time. This will end up saving them money in the long run.
The noise level of a metal roof is debatable. Some homeowners like the sound of rain falling on a metal roof and find it soothing, while others find it distracting. However, homeowners can mitigate the noise by having extra layers of sheathing or insulation installed.
Depending on the metal roofing material chosen, your roof could be prone to dents. All metal roofing is highly durable, but some materials are weaker than others and can get dented from heavy falling objects like hail or branches. For the most part, dents only visually impair the look of the roof, and will not necessarily require repairs. However, if you are concerned about this being an issue, there are some metals that are stronger than others that come with a dent-proof guarantee.
Color Match Inconsistency
Though metal roofs do not require repairs as often as other roof types, when repairs are needed, it might be difficult to match the newly repaired pieces to the original. This is not a guarantee, but as metal roofing is continually changing and receiving upgrades, it could be harder to find something that matches your roof years down the road when repairs are needed.
Armor Roofing & Exteriors
For over 25 years, Armor Roofing & Exteriors has been proving the Vancouver, WA, area with quality roofing service and repairs. Our experienced team knows the ins and outs of all the industry-leading roofing materials, including metal roofing. We guarantee an unrivaled degree of excellence, experience, and customer care that you won’t find anywhere else. For all of your roof repair and installation needs, contact Armor Roofing and Exteriors today!