Could A Metal Roof Be Right For You?

Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular, but is it the right choice for you? If it's time to replace your roof, a new metal roof could be an attractive and practice choice.

Positives

  • Metal roofs are extremely long lasting; most come with a manufacture's warranty for at least 50 years. The longevity of metal roofing means that a major home maintenance burden could be off your to-do list nearly for your life time.
  • Metal roofing is designed to interlock and thus become nearly impervious to weather. The interlocking sheets or panels are waterproof and wind resistant.
  • Snow can accumulate on a traditional asphalt roof, adding weight and creating a potentially dangerous situation. Snow simply slides off metal roofs.
  • Embers and sparks from nearby fires that land on your metal roof will die out, rather than ignite your roof.
  • For those who live in humid and hot areas of the country, mildew and rot are on-going concerns. Metal roofs won't rot or mold.
  • You will never have issues with insects, such as termites, with a metal roof.
  • You may be able to save time and money by installing a metal roof directly on top of your present roof, without the need to "demo" the old roof.
  • Metal roofs come ready-to-install in large sheets, which means quick installation. This perk becomes especially important when you need a new roof quickly, such as when bad weather is approaching.
  • The naturally reflective nature of metal roofing means that heat is reflected off your home, instead of adding heat to your home and your air conditioning expenses.

Negatives

  • You must plan on a higher initial outlay for the cost of a metal roof, which must be balanced with the durability factor.
  • While some people love the sound of rain on a metal roof, the sound can be deafening and annoying to some. You can mitigate this issue somewhat by installing panels of foam insulation beneath the metal sheets.
  • Metal roofing is slick and dangerous to walk on, which may pose a problem for workers who need to access your roof. For example, plumbers sometimes need to access your roof vent for cleaning purposes. Additionally, walking on a metal roof can cause unsightly dents and dings.
  • Although no studies have confirmed that metal roofing presents a greater danger in the event of lightening, you can have a lightening protection company install grounding if you feel uneasy with the possible conductivity issue.

For additional information about the positives and negatives of metal roofing, contact roofing contractors in your area.

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