The Benefits of Metal Roofing Worth Considering
It’s easy to be enthralled by the prospect of a metal roof. Metal roofs are often marketed as “the last roof you’ll ever need.” Many homeowners, on the other hand, fail to read the fine print or consider that metal roofs are not suitable for every home.
Here are some of the benefits and drawbacks of installing a metal roof.
Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing
A metal roof can last up to 60 years if properly engineered, installed by a competent roofer, and maintained on a regular basis. UV (ultraviolet) radiation, fire, mildew, decay, and high winds are all resistant to these types of roofs. The majority of metal roofs are pre-painted and come with a 45-year warranty. Your roof will benefit from the added protection provided by the paint. In the summer, metal roofing can deflect sun heat, making the home cooler and cutting your electric and gas expenses by up to 20%.
The ability of the manufacturer to generate multiple color selections is severely limited when it comes to shingle colors. Metal roofing is often unaffected by this restriction. Many metal firms, in fact, offer huge color palettes of roughly 40 to 50 selections, as well as the ability to generate almost any bespoke hue at an additional fee.
The upfront expense of metal roofing is the biggest deterrent for homeowners. Metal roofs can cost between two and four times as much as asphalt shingles. Sheet metal work necessitates specific tools and skills, which can drive up labor costs.
Conditions during the Winter
Metal roofs are more vulnerable to ice and snow runaway if they don’t have a properly constructed snow retention system. Over metal surfaces, snow and ice gain a lot of momentum. Damage is more common in regions where two roof planes overlap, such as valleys. In regions where large amounts of water concentrate and funnel, the crush can expose rooftops.
Damage can go unobserved for a long time, necessitating costly repairs. Pedestrians are also put at risk by sliding ice and snow. Snow retention has become a requirement for most commercial roofing installations in high-traffic areas. This can add another 25% to 60% to the total metal roof cost.
With the rise and fall of temperature throughout the day, metal expands and contracts. Metal roofs, particularly those with exposed fasteners, require regular maintenance because the ongoing contraction and expansion can loosen screws and displace material over time, exposing the roof to dampness.
Metal roofs shed water significantly more quickly than asphalt roofs. Consider gutters and downspout cost to catch the increased flow to safeguard entryways and high-traffic areas.
All American Roofing is the state’s leading roofing contractor for metal roofing assemblies. Call us to get in touch with us.