Title: “Learn The Pros And Cons Of Metal Roofing”


Source: The Skyline Roofing Alabama Blog
Word Count: 999

"metal roofing"When you think of metal roofing, the first thing you visualize is most likely not a residential home. Neighborhoods are not full of houses with metal roofs … just yet. Word on the street is that metal roofs are on the rise for homeowners. Of course, with everything, there are pros and cons of metal roofs. This week’s blog will cover the pros, cons, and varieties of metal roofs for residential homes. Naturally, business owners can consider the same options for their brick and mortar store too. Regarding the positives and negatives, negatives are easier to rule out first so you know what to avoid. At the same time, it’s better to end on a positive.

Metal Roofing Cons

Damage is the first thought that may come to your mind. Certain types of metal can be dented fairly easily due to weather (hard rain, heavy snow or hail) as well as results of weather (trees and high winds). Damage also applies to utility technicians or roofers who may have to step foot on your roof. They can encounter damage if they fall since metal can become slippery when wet. Pressure from their weight has the potential to do damage as well. Ensure the type you purchase is protected and finished properly.

Noise is a major concern for some people. Areas with more inclement weather may not want to opt for metal roofs. However, if they are dead set on metal, we can discuss sound deadening material and/or other ways to minimize sound traveling through to your home’s interior.

For reference, a square of roofing material is 100 square feet. When you purchase metal roofing material, you purchase it by the “square” rather than the “square foot.”

Cost is on everyone’s mind, especially when it comes to any roofing project. According to HomeTips, metal roofing can vary in price per SQUARE from $150 to $600. Just like with pool ownership, the cost is worth it in the long run if you get enough use out of it. Putting a metal roof on a home you’re going to sell would not be worth it. Compare that to a long-term living situation where you’ll get your money’s worth over a decade or several decades.

Metal Roofing Pros

Now, it’s time for the upsides of metal roofs from just about every angle. You’ll notice almost immediately the pros quickly outweigh the cons.

Installation is easier than most other materials due to its larger size of metal roofing pans. They can vary from 12″ to 36″ in size. Average installation times can run between a quick one to two days. Whether before or after incoming inclement weather, it can be a tremendous time-saver.

Fire-Resistance is an important characteristic for roofs. Metal is a noncombustible material, which means it is given the best fire rating known as “Class-A.” Keep in mind that if you re-roof metal over an existing shingle roof, your fire rating will change. What’s important to note is that shingles are black, absorb heat, and have a higher fire-rating due to their combustibility. Having a potential risk underneath your metal roof makes the metal roof absorb the underlying roof’s same fire rating, now lowered to a Class-C, in this instance.

Weight is another big upside, depending on what material you choose. If your roof is made of tile, you’re looking at 750 pounds per square (remember: 100 square feet). Broken down, that’s an average of 75 pounds per square foot. Surprisingly, metal can weigh between 50-150 pounds per square or only 5-15 pounds per square foot!

Shedding allows for the natural removal of debris, water, rain, and snow by it’s flat and slicker design. Additionally, it makes cleaning much faster due to the long and slim design.

Lifespans of metal roofs last longer than most roofs because they prevent and protect against “fire, mildew, insects, and rot.” — Source: HomeTips. In extreme climates, figure 20 years of life. However, in the more moderate areas, metal roofs can last for up to 50 years or even as long as the house remains standing. Warranties vary so if you’re outside of our area, be sure to consult your professional roofing team first. If you’re in our area, give us a call. We’d be happy to talk warranties and options (our contact information can be found below).

Energy-Efficiency is language homeowners are learning to speak more as it means saving money on a monthly basis. Since metal reflects heat from the sun, it keeps your home cooler regardless of what month it is.

The Variety Of Roofing Materials

Outside of metal, there are other options that are uncommon and unique, especially for homes. We wanted to add them to this blog in the event our readers desired an unconventional roof other than wood and shingles or metal. Most of these can be classy, expensive options unless otherwise noted.

Alloy — alloy is a strong, durable metal. It holds up well in weather and comes with an above average price tag depending on how much you purchase. 

Aluminum — although it won’t rust, it needs to be coated to bring out the proper appearance. That means extra work is required before you can call it finished. One plus is that it’s extremely lightweight, but beware as it’s delicate and dents easily.

Copper — copper is a soft metal with a one-of-a-kind shine. It’s considered a finished metal and is durable in that it can’t scratch or peel. One downside to copper is the high cost of ownership.

Stainless Steel — stainless steel is a very-expensive option because it comes pre-coated upon arrival. Additionally, a “terne coating can give it a natural matte-gray finish.” — Source: HomeTips

Steel — steel is often the go-to choice when debating aluminum due to its added rigidity and strength. In its raw state, steel does rust so be sure to have a coating ready to prevent corrosion (usually a zinc coating).

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