What to Consider When Installing a Metal Roof
Metal roofs have grown increasingly popular among homeowners in recent years, with many new-builds and replacement projects alike opting for the versatile material. It’s a big decision choosing the right roofing material for your home, and what’s right for one home might not be for the next.
Here’s a compilation of pros and cons for installing a metal roof to help you decide if metal roofing is the right choice for your home.
Pro: They’re Durable
Metal roofs have one of the longest lifespans of all roofing materials, second only to slate. When installed correctly and maintained well, a metal roof can last anywhere between 40 and 70 years before needing to be replaced.
The metal roof’s durability typically means that it can withstand the elements and particularly harsh weather, making it a great option for the unpredictable storms we face here in Georgia.
Con: They Can Be Dented Easily
Some metal roofs can dent easily in inclement weather depending on the material used and how much money you choose to invest in your roof. Not all metal roofs will do this, but some metals are softer than others and therefore more liable to dent and bend when faced with falling objects.
Pro: They’re Environmentally-Friendly
You can save a significant amount on your AC bill during the summer months as metal roofs reflect the solar heat beating down on them rather than absorbing that heat and allowing it into your home. There are even some metal roofs that come with particular reflective pigments to actively reduce heat build up and keep your AC usage low.
Con: The Initial Cost Can Be a Lot
The cost of metal roofs are higher than that of shingles, and can be significantly more expensive depending on how much you choose to invest in quality and durability. As well as the materials, the labor necessary to install metal roofs can be more expensive as it requires special training, tools, and equipment.
However, a quality metal roof is an investment that will see you saving on repairs and replacements in the future.
Pro: They Look Great
Metal roofs are on trend right now because of their aesthetic appeal. There is a wide array of styles and colors to choose from with metal roofs, too. They can offer both a distinctive look as well as a subtle one, depending on your stylistic preferences.
An additional pro: The sound of rainfall on metal roofs is said to be incredibly peaceful and relaxing.
Con: The Color Match for Repairs Will Be Difficult
If repairs or replacements are necessary down the line it will be tough to find an exact color match, Given that the metal will naturally fade in color over time.
It’s a big decision to choose which roofing material to use, and each home is different, so it’s important to choose the right one for your home. If you have any questions about metal roofing or would like to discuss installation of a metal roof, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at DeLaurier Roofing.