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Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

Posted by Joey Haack on May 14, 2018 7:52:00 PM

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You’ve started to notice some warning signs that your roof is failing, but you’re not sure what roofing material you want to use to replace it. Fortunately, you have options. One material that’s really come onto the scene is metal roofing. Read on to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of this trending roof type!

 

Advantages of Metal

Metal roofing has a lot going for it, but don’t just take our word for it. Here are some amazing benefits this material has to offer.

 

1. Durability

Metal roofing is incredibly strong and can stand up against snow, sleet, wind, hail, and anything else mother nature might throw its way. It’s also resistant to fire and requires almost no maintenance.

 

2. Design

Say goodbye to the corrugated barn roof you’ve always thought of when you hear “metal roofing.” Metal roofs have come a long way and can be customized in color, style, and texture to complement your home.

 

3. Energy Efficiency

Because of its reflective qualities, metal roofing helps maintain your home’s temperature. In the summer, the heat and light will reflect off of the roof rather than be absorbed into its material, keeping your home cooler. In the winter, when the metal reflects the sunlight, it helps melt the ice and snow on your roof’s surface. In either case, your metal roof will be working in your favor and can help save you money on your energy bills.

 

4. Eco-Friendly

Metal roofing is usually made of a high percentage of recycled materials. You'll not only be reusing materials for your roof; when it's time to replace your roof, they can be recycled again. Metal roofing is ideal for homes that utilize solar energy because the reflective quality of the metal optimizes the utilization of the sun’s rays.

 

5. Lightweight

Metal roofing is about ¼ of the weight of a tile roof and about ½ of the weight of shingles, which means it will be much easier on the structure of your home. Its low weight also makes installation quicker and easier.

 

Disadvantages of Metal

Nothing is ALL sunshine and rainbows. Here are some challenges metal roofing poses.

 

1. Cost

If you're strictly looking at the price tag, then metal roofs are one of the most expensive options on the market. While they do cost more up front than other roofing materials, metal roofs also have one of the longest lifespans in the roofing industry. If you apply the cost over time, then metal roofs are actually quite cost effective.

 

2. Requires Professional Install

You may be able to repair and install a standard shingle roof on your own, but this likely won't be the case with metal roofing. Professional installation and maintenance are recommended to ensure the longest life for your metal roof.

 

Are you in need of a new roof? Choose Pacific to get the job done right. Pacific has been a trusted name among Aspen roofers for decades. Contact us for your roof replacement or installation. Get your quote today!

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Topics: roofing