The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing for Residential Customers

While most residential roofers don’t do metal roofing, it’s something most roofers know how to get done or who can help you with it. Metal roofing is more popular in commercial buildings and with flat roofs. In the past five years, metal roofing has become a more desired look for new buildings, even homes in several cities across the United States. Let’s look at the pros and cons of metal roofing.

Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are durable, weather-resistant and is relatively maintenance-free. It’s also energy efficient, which is one of the primary reasons consumers are looking to it for residential roofs. As more consumers across the nation are looking for ways to go green and cut back on their environmental impact, metal roofs offer them a way to do just that when replacing a roof or building a new home. Metal roofs, on average, last 40 to 50 years.

Some of the cons of metal roofing include the price, even for homes. Metal roofing materials cost an average of three to four times the traditional asphalt shingles you see on most roofs across the country. If you live in a community run by a HOA or you don’t own your home, you’ll run into issues trying to convince the owner or HOA that a metal roof is beneficial for the home or community. Most HOAs outright ban metal roofs, even though you’ll never find this in any documentation when joining the neighborhood.

Metal roofs often get downplayed by residential communities because of the lack of creativity and color associated with the roofing style. However, this has changed over the last five years. Metal roofs are no longer the drab silver/grey colors you’re used to associating them with. They can come in several different colors and some can even be painted and coated to match a home.

If you’re looking for a way to go green, get a better value for your roof or just avoid dealing with some of the bigger issues when owning a home, perhaps a metal roof would be right for you. Discuss the option with your roofer and see what would work best for your situation.

Shingles vs. Metal Roofing

One is the most popular form of residential roofing in the United States, the other is one of the fastest growing roofing materials in the country. We are talking about traditional asphalt shingles and metal roofing respectively. So which one of these materials is right for your home? We will take a look at the differences between the materials to help you make a decision for your next roof replacement.

Longevity

If you feel you are going to be in your home for a long period it is important to pick a roofing material that will have a long lifetime. Most asphalt shingles have an average lifespan of 20-30 years, depending on the quality. There are several metal roofs that are already over one hundred years old, this material is known to last.

Winner: Metal Roofing 

Price

Metal roofing is still relatively new as a mass material, while asphalt shingles cover more than three-quarters of residential homes in the United States. Asphalt shingles are relatively easy to install and widely available while metal roofing takes a more specialized contractor and the materials are a bit more costly.

Winner: Asphalt Shingles 

Customization Options

Metal roofing is playing catch up when it comes to choosing color and style as asphalt shingles are available in virtually every color, style and can mimic other forms of higher end roofing such as clay tiles or slate roofing.

Winner: Asphalt Shingles

Durability

There are now several types of asphalt shingles that have been built to shoulder extreme weather such as impact-resistant materials but they are decidedly more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles. Metal roofing is known to take a beating whether it be wind, snow or hail. Metal roofing does not tend to hold onto snow like asphalt shingles and many types of metal roofing can qualify the homeowner for insurance discounts.

Winner: Metal Roofing 

Environmentally Friendly

Asphalt shingles are now being produced with more recycled materials than ever before but the fact remains that they involve a high amount of oil in their production and frequently end up in landfills. Metal roofing is often made from recycled materials and can easily be recycled once it comes off a roof.

Winner: Metal Roofing

Appearance

Metal roofing has a difficult time in fitting in with the character of many homes but is becoming more acceptable. Asphalt shingles are generally more well received for their visual appeal. However this factor is subjective.

Winner: Asphalt Shingles 

The Verdict

It is going to come down to the individual homeowner! Use these pros and cons to help determine which roof is right for you.

Metal Roofing

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.