There are many different types of roofing materials on the market, but metal roofing is becoming an increasingly popular choice. Metal roofs have a lot of benefits, but like any other roofing system, it also has drawbacks. In this blog post, we will discuss the pros and cons of metal roofing so that you can make an informed decision about what’s best for your home or business.
Let’s start with the benefits of metal roofing:
#1 Metal roofing lasts longer than any other materials
Metal roofing, when properly installed by your local contractor, should last for 40 to 50 years compared to asphalt, fiber cement, and wood shingles, which have lifespans of only 25-30 years. Make sure you use a certified metal roofing company that has been building metal roofs for a long time.
#2 It does not catch fire
Metal is a non-combustible roofing material, which means it has a Class A fire rating. This is the highest fire rating that any roofing system can have, making metal roofs one of the safest choices for your home or business.
If you live in an area prone to wildfires, metal roofing could be the best choice to protect your property.
#3 Metal roofing is lightweight
Metal roofing is usually 1 to 3 pounds per square foot, however, this varies by the thickness and profile of the material. It is one of the lightest roofing materials. Because metal roofing is so lightweight, you may save money on engineering and construction planning.
#4 It can be installed the fastest
Roofing systems made of metal include large “standing-seam” sheets or 12 to 36-inch multi-shingle sections. Standing seam sheets are generally 3 feet wide by 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16 feet long. Custom sizes are also available. A metal roofing expert can finish this project in a short amount of time. If your roof is removed because of a storm approaching, reducing the installation duration by a day or two may be beneficial.
#5 Metal is your roof for all seasons
Metal panels form a waterproof covering on the roof that is resistant to rain and snow. Metal roofs have hard, slippery surfaces, which contribute to their waterproofing. In addition, metal roofs acquire a warm hue as they absorb heat from the sun.
Now, what are the disadvantages of metal roofing?
#1 The initial cost is higher than other roofs
Metal roofing is a little more expensive than other high-end materials, ranging from $150 to $600 per square (100 square feet). Because of the material’s long-term durability, the key is to stay in the house for a longer period and save money on seasonal repairs. Plus, there are financing options available to you if you choose to replace your shingle with a metal roof. Contact a Maven for additional information on zero down payment.
#2 Prone to dent
If you’re concerned about heavy hail in your region, choose a roofing material that is guaranteed not to dent. Metal roofing shingles, metal roofing shakes, and roofs with a design or ribbed structure that provides stiffness are all good options. Always go for 24- or 26-gauge steel for maximum durability when selecting steel roofing.
#3 Metal Expands & Contracts
As metal warms and cools, it expands and contracts. This may cause the roof to have a wavy appearance on hot days or for fasteners to pull out over time as a result. However, most new metal roofing products now have fastening systems that allow for movement in order to repair this issue.
In summary, if your budget can handle the initial cost of metal roofing and you intend to live in your house for a long period of time, metal may be a great investment. This is true if you reside in an area that is vulnerable to storms or wildfires and your home’s design lends itself to metal roofing installation. The bottom line is that experts can install metal roofing very quickly.
Maven Roofing has been installing metal roofs for the last ten years. Get in touch if you have any questions, and we’re happy to help!