The sound of rain on a metal roof offers a uniquely soothing experience. The constant pitter-pattering acts as a form of white noise, all while you remain perfectly dry and safe indoors. But this isn’t the only reason why metal roofs are growing in popularity. Metal roofing comes with some unique pros and cons that are worth considering. Here’s a look at whether or not a metal roof is the best choice for you.
Advantages Of Metal Roofing
Metal roofs come with some key benefits. Let’s take a look at how a metal roof will be to your advantage.
Longevity & Durability
Metal roofs are extremely durable and can last between 40-70 years depending on the material quality. There is no comparison with asphalt roofing which traditionally lasts for between 12-20 years. Metal roofing is also highly wind-resistant and can sustain wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour! This is a huge benefit when it comes to the notorious South Florida hurricane season. Metal roofing won’t corrode or crack and is even impact resistant. Its hardy nature means that it doesn’t require intense preventative roof maintenance.
Another great benefit is that metal roofs are constructed with between 25%- and 95% recycled content. Furthermore, they are 100% recyclable at the end of their very long life. This means that they don’t contribute any waste into the environment as opposed to other roof types. Shingles, for example, add over 20 billion pounds to the waste stream each year according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Metal roofs do a great job of reflecting solar heat and radiation into the atmosphere. This reduces your cooling costs by up to 25%. You will be saving in cooling costs each month. The reflective nature of metal can also be treated with reflective pigments which increases its reflective properties. You will be kept cool all summer without stressing about high cooling bills. You also have the peace of mind that you’re helping the environment by consuming less energy.
Safe & Stylish
Metal roofs are also fire resistant which means they won’t ignite into flames in the event of a fire or lightning strike. They can also withstand hailstones with only minimal damage. Metal roofing is extremely versatile and comes in many different options including, tin, zinc, aluminum, copper, and galvanized steel. An array of different colors, finishes, and shapes are also available with over 100 colors to choose from! Metal roof finishes can even resemble slate or clay tiles which allow you to enjoy a custom-designed roof.
Disadvantages Of Metal Roofing
Metal roofs also come with some disadvantages which are worth considering before going ahead.
The big downside of metal roofs is their cost. They can easily be twice as expensive as other conventional roofing materials. The upside of this is their longevity, but you may think twice if you aren’t planning to stay in your house for a prolonged period. An advantage of this so-called disadvantage is that your house will increase in value when it comes time to sell.
The Noise Factor
Metal roofs can be noisy, particularly during heavy rain. Many people enjoy the pitter-pattering sound of rain falling on their roof but it’s not for everyone. If this noise isn’t soothing to your ears, it can simply be solved by adding additional insulation onto your roof. Keep in mind that this will also come at an additional cost.
Lower-grade material usage can lead to durability issues due to the thinness of the metal. Certain metals also rust and dent easier in certain climates. Metal roofing sheets can also contract and expand if not installed correctly. This won’t happen when they are installed with fasteners that allow the metal to ‘breathe’ over time.
Inconsistent Color Matching
If your metal roof needs repair, it may be tricky to color match the sheeting perfectly. This is because over time the sun bakes on your roof and the color may lighten with time. Keep in mind that this won’t be an issue if you opt for a premium quality metal roof.
The Metal Roofing Experts
At AABCO Roofing, we provide high-quality, professional service, and an affordable price. We’ll be able to offer you a custom metal roofing solution for your unique requirements. We are the experts when it comes to all roofing types so why not call us today at 1-954-426-8500.