Whether you’re about to build a new home or need to replace the roof on your current home, it’s important to take the time to research and understand the different benefits and drawbacks of the different types of roofing systems available. Metal roofing is becoming more and more popular in residential, commercial, and agricultural builds. Let’s break down the pros and cons of metal roofs.
Pros of Metal Roofing
Longevity — A metal roof’s lifespan is perhaps one of its most appealing features. Once installed, a metal roof will last between 40-70 years, with some lasting even longer.
Energy Efficiency — Homeowners with a metal roof can save up to 25% on annual heating and cooling costs. Due to their reflective qualities, these roofing systems actually reflect solar radiant heat rather than absorbing it. This makes them a great choice for those looking to save money.
Durability — One of the toughest materials on the market, metal panels make a great roofing solution for those looking for a material that will stand the tests of time. Aluminum, steel, and copper are all great choices for metal roofs and will last in even the toughest environments and weather conditions.
Low Maintenance — With no annual cleaning or maintenance required, metal roofs also save you time. Typically, homeowners just have to take a look at their roof to ensure it’s intact once a year. No power washing, staining, or spraying required.
Environmentally-Friendly — Green building is becoming more prominent than ever before, and metal roofs are a step in the right direction of eco-friendliness. Bridger Steel’s metal panels are 100% recyclable, so there’s no waste left at the job site. They’re also optimal for mounting solar panels, being used for rainwater collection systems, and are a great choice for those looking to become more sustainable.
Modern & Stylish Aesthetic — Simply, metal panels modernize any home. Metal is an easy way to achieve a modern-looking aesthetic. With tons of colors and styles to choose from, you can easily give the exterior of your home a face lift with metal roofs.
Fire-Resistant — Especially vital to areas prone to wildfires, metal roofs are actually one of the most fire-resistant roofing solutions on the market (however, they are NOT fireproof). Metal roofs are rated Class-A, meaning the panels, underlayment, and other material beneath them are one of the best ways to ensure fire-resistance with your home.
Lightweight — Generally, metal panels are much lighter than other materials like slate or clay. Slate and clay roofs require a pre-installation structural assessment, where most metal roofing does not.
Cons of Metal Roofing
Upfront Cost — Metal roofs do have a higher upfront cost when compared to other materials like shingles. This cost comes from both the expense of material and cost of installation. However, since metal roofs outlast other materials like shingles by decades, the upfront investment is usually worth it.
Dents/Imperfections — Metal roofs can be more susceptible to dents, scratches, and other imperfections than other materials. However, this can be lessened and even avoided in some cases depending on the style, type of metal, and gauge (or thickness) you choose.
Thermal Expansion/Contraction — If you live in an area with extreme, fluctuating temperatures, it’s important to note that a metal roof will expand and contract. This is only a disadvantage if your panels are installed incorrectly. Ensuring the right fastener system is used allows the metal to expand and contract with ease.
Other Factors to Consider
When deciding if a metal roof is right for your home, there are a few other factors to consider, outside of the pros and cons of metal roofs.
Environment — One of the biggest factors is the environmental conditions and typical weather patterns your area experiences. Is there frequent hail? Are you prone to high-speed winds? What about heavy snowfall amounts? All of these factors play a big part into choosing the type of metal roof best suited for your home. The environment you live in can help determine the gauge, color/finish, and panel profile best suited for you. You should talk to a Product Specialist about your project and the area you live in for expert advice on choosing the right metal roof.
Installation — Ensuring your metal roof is installed correctly directly affects how well it will perform and how long it will last. Are you DIY installing your roof? Or hiring a contractor? Has that contractor ever worked with metal panels before? If you choose to install the roof yourself, an exposed fastener system, like Corrugated panels, will likely be easier to work with. If you choose to hire a contractor, you should always research, get quotes, and make sure to confirm they’ve worked with this type of material before hiring them.
Accessibility — Metal roofs are low maintenance, however, if you ever need to get on your roof it is going to be very difficult. Metal panels can be slippery and dangerous to move around on. If you ever need to remove debris or give your roof a light cleaning, you’ll need to be extra cautious.
Ready to take the next step towards purchasing a new metal roof? Get in touch with our team of Product Specialists today to learn even more about the Pros and Cons of Metal Roofs. We’ll help you choose the best roof for your home. Need some roofing inspiration? Check out our blog on Residential Metal Roofs for even more advice.