Many consumers are starting to consider metal roofing as an option for their roof or business. Metal roofing has been around for quite some time, there is evidence of copper being used for roofing dating back to around 900 BC. In modern times steel and aluminum are the more popular choices for a metal roof. But is a metal roof the right choice for your home and business? Roofcorp takes a look at the some advantages and disadvantages of modern metal roofing.
Advantages of Metal Roofing
Longevity: Metal roofs, depending on the construction, can last anywhere from forty to seventy years. This can be compared to a common asphalt shingled roof, which typically has a life of 15 to 30 years. Durability: Metal roofs are tough. They have been known to stand up against severe weather, which makes them a popular choice in areas where high winds and storms are common, such as the American Southeast. Metal roofs have been proven to stand up to winds up to 140 mph, they can also take a beating from hail. Environmentally Friendly: Most metal roofing materials are made from a good proportion of recycled content, some materials are made with up to 90 percent post consumer recycled material. Once the life of the roof is over, it is fully recyclable and reusable again. Energy Efficiency: Some metal roofs can be categorized as “cool roofs.” This means they reflect a good portion of solar energy, saving the homeowner money on cooling costs in the warmer months.
Drawbacks of Metal Roofing
Cost: Material costs are much higher when compared to traditional asphalt shingles, materials can be anywhere from two to three times the cost of these traditional materials. Style: Many people consider metal roofing to be an eyesore and certain homes can have a very difficult time in finding materials that match the character of their home. Noise: Metal roofs can be quite noisy during hail and rainstorms. Durability: Most metal roofs perform admirably when installed correctly. If a metal roof is not installed by certified contractors multiple problems can arise such as rust, warping, and water leaks. Some of the lower grade materials are more susceptible to these problems.