Metal Roofing

What do you think of when you picture a metal roof?  Do you think of those old metal roofs that are tin and rusty with cheap looking ridges?  If this is the image that comes to mind then let us enlighten you on some of the advances that have been made over the years.  You may end up changing your mind and deciding that a metal roof is perfect for what you are looking for.

Benefits of Metal Roofing

There are several key benefits to having a metal roof which we have laid out for you below:

  • Durability
    • Metal roofs have one of the longest lasting warranties (50+ years) and can often last most of the life of the house.
    • Fireproof - metal will not burn like a wood shingle which will save you money on your homeowners insurance and give you peace of mind
  • Weather Resistant
    • Great for controlling precipitation - snow slides right off, water is sealed out
    • Resistant to hail (make sure to check with the manufacturer)
    • Great performance in strong winds
    • Rot proof / rot resistant so constant water exposure is not a problem
  • Energy Efficient
    • Great in the summer / warm months for reflecting sunlight and keeping your home cool
  • Lightweight
    • Metal roofs are very lightweight so unlike slate or tile they do not require that your home be able to structurally support very heavy materials

Potential Drawbacks of Metal Roofing

Like most things in life, metal is not a perfect solution to use as a roofing material and does have its weaknesses.  There are a couple things to keep in mind when thinking about purchasing a metal roof.  The first is the cost.  Metal Roofing is not the cheapest option available though it is typically less expensive than slate or tile.  Keep in mind, however, that metal lasts longer so the added cost can be worth it in the end.  The second potential drawback is that metal can dent.  Though, as mentioned above, some manufacturers offer dent resistant products to protect from hail, you should be warned that not all roofs have this guarantee and therefore some can be more prone to hail damage.  The final negative point is that they make more noise than other materials when it's raining.  There have been advances made in terms of insulating the noise, but as a whole metal roofs are louder than their wood shingle counterparts.  Some people like the sound of rain especially when sleeping so this might be more of a positive than a negative in their case. 

Metal Roofing Style Options

More than most roofing materials, metal is available in a wide variety of styles, shapes and colors.  If you really like the look of shingles or tile, you do have the option of purchasing a metal roof that looks similar in style.  If your home is designed with specific colors, you'll have a wide selection of roof colors to choose from to match your needs.  As metal has become more of a popular roofing material option, manufacturers continue to make products that meet the needs of the consumer.  In addition, as the world is thinking green more and more, many companies also offer recycled products so that your roof will look good while also being environmentally friendly.

Need More Help From a Metal Roofing Professional?

If you require further assistance with metal roofing installation, repair or replacement, we offer Free Roofing Estimates from local qualified roofing contractors. Our service is free and has no obligations to purchase.  Let us help you take the first step in getting your roofing project underway.