The Advantages and Disadvantages of Metal Roofing

metal roofingWhen it comes time to replace your roof, metal roofing is always a viable option. It is ideal for homes that have either a flat or steep roofline and it offers durability that is hard to match. When you are choosing between metal roofing and other types, you should be fully aware of what you are paying for.

Before you decide to buy a metal roof, you should consult with a Colorado Springs roofing expert, but here are some of the basics surrounding metal roof systems and the advantages or disadvantages that you can expect:

Many Metal Types

One of the main benefits surrounding metal roofing is the amount of options that you have to choose from. Tin, zinc, aluminum, copper and galvanized steel are all metal roofing options that you can select from. This allows you to customize your roof based on the durability, style and price that you are looking to obtain. Most other roofing options do not offer so much variety.

Longevity and Durability

The main factor that homeowners consider when looking for a roofing option involves longevity and durability. You want something that will stand the test of time and last. Metal roofs have been found to last between 40 and 70 years, but it depends on the material that you choose to make your metal from. This is much longer than traditional asphalt roofing that lasts only from 10 to 20 years. This makes metal roofing the better option for homeowners that take longevity into consideration. Metal roofs also can withstand strong winds and is a resilient roofing type. You will not have to worry about maintenance and upkeep if you go the metal roofing route and if you hire a solid Colorado roofing contractor to install it.

Energy and Safety Advantages

A metal roof system is an energy efficient roofing type, because it reflects solar heat and can cut back on cooling costs immensely. You can also rest assured knowing that metal roofing will not go up into flames in the event of a lightening strike.

Disadvantages

Metal roofing is known for offering many benefits, but there are a couple disadvantages that are connected to this roofing type. It is not the most affordable roofing option on the market and it is much more expensive than traditional asphalt roofing. However, it should be noted that metal roofs lasts longer and the larger initial investment is usually worth the added expense. You should also be warned that metal roofs can be quite noisy in the event of heavy rain or hail compared to architectural roof shingles or tile shingles.

Here’s a video of a guy down in Austin who talks about what he likes about metal roofs:

And here’s an article that gives some good additional detail on metal roofing.

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