Pros & Cons of Metal Roofing
Metal roofs have become significantly more popular over the last ten years and there are many reasons for that increase. On average, the life span of a non-metal roof is 10 to 17 years. On the contrary, a metal roof (commonly composed of steel, aluminum, and cooper) on average will last at least two to three times longer.
Additionally, recent improvements in metal roofing technologies have lead to the development of many stylish options and even tax-credit opportunities providing customers with further incentive to choose standing seam for their commercial or residential roofing project.
Benefits of Metal Roofing
Home and business owners can still purchase corrugated, barn-style metal roofs, but today’s roofing has evolved significantly. It has become high-tech, with a clean look that suits the architectural style of many homes and businesses.
Consider the benefits of upgrading your roof to metal.
- Durability: Despite being surprisingly lightweight, metal roofing is extremely sturdy. It’s non-combustible, offering the highest fire-retardant rating available. In addition, it stands up to hail, wind and severe storms—and often comes with a 30-year+ warranty.
- Attractive Design: If you’re not looking for a basic, contemporary metal design, new metal roofing styles are covered in colorful topcoats or granulated finishes to mimic Spanish tiles, slate tiles and even wood shakes. These new designs allow you to enjoy the durability of metal while improving your home’s curb appeal. Standing seam metal roofing and copper roofing are two excellent examples of marrying beauty and function successfully.
- Installation Speed: Metal roofs cost more than other styles, but they are often installed over existing shingle layers—which can save homeowners labor expenses in the long run.
- Energy Efficiency - Metal roofs increase the energy efficiency within a home. Excellent for reflecting the sun (up to 70% of the sun’s rays) a metal roof can protect your home from the sun’s heat and damaging rays. The reduction in the heat absorbed by the roof results in a cooler home which translates to lower energy cost related to air conditioning. In addition, metal roofing helps to shed snow buildup in cold climates.
- Fire resistance - Because metal roofs are noncombustible, they’re given a Class A fire rating (the most resistant). Part of a roof’s classification depends on materials beneath the surface that could ignite in intense heat, so some metal roofs applied over an old combustible roof, such as wood shingles, may be rated lower.
- Cost Effectiveness - While the up front cost of installing metal roofing is typically higher then traditional roofing such as shingle, the long-term costs are generally lower than other roofing material alternatives. Little maintenance cost, less repair expenses and longer life-span contribute to the long-term cost savings associated with metal roofing. Additionally, some states sponsor energy efficiency programs that offer financial incentives and tax-credits for homeowners who choose to install metal roofing. Some insurance companies offer a discount on your homeowners insurance for having metal roofing as your roof surface.
- Minimal Maintenance - Even though the initial cost can be more expensive, metal roof requires little maintenance once it is installed.
Drawbacks to Metal Roofing
While there are few disadvantages to metal roofs, remember that they come with a premium initial price tag. However, if you plan to live in your home for 10 years or more, you’ll reap the benefits of your investment with low maintenance costs, high durability and a lasting look.
You may find the sound of rain on a metal roof to be relaxing, but it’s also important to point out that metal roofs can be noisy. Your professional installer can minimize noise with insulation and solid wood sheathing, but you cannot completely deaden the sound.
Finally, if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you’ll likely find metal roofing trickier to modify than asphalt, composite or shake shingles. In fact, professional installation, repair and modification is always recommended to optimize the life of metal roofing products.
At LGC Roofing, we offer homeowners a variety of premium metal roofing products — from painted aluminum to steel and copper styles. Call 609-712-8157 today for a product estimate, or to schedule a free metal roofing installation estimate.