The Advantages and Disadvantages of Metal Roofs

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Whether in a new building or an improvement or repair of an old one, the roof is a cost intensive project where the material you choose will have long lasting effects on the building and your bank account. Metal is a less common choice that is offered by both residential and commercial roofing companies, and can be of many different types, such as tin, aluminum and copper. Like most choices you will make in life, though, there are advantages and disadvantages to this one, which will be examined here.

Advantages

  • Longevity: Metal roofs are proven to last at least 30 years and require little maintenance from the owner.
  • Safety: Metal roofs are not in danger during a storm from lightnight or during a wildfire. No chance of these bursting into flame due to a spark!
  • Durability: Metal roofing is highly wind resistant, and some metals are even impact resistant. In other homes, the roof must be inspected once or twice a year, and often will require costly roofing repairs. Metal only needs to be checked occaisionally for damage.
  • Environmentally Friendly: As more individuals become aware of the negative impact people are having on the planet, this choice becomes more important. Metal roofing is completely recyclable, and that after being in use for decades! Furthermore, they often include about 25% of recycled materials from the start.
  • Energy efficient: A metal roof can reduce the cost of cooling the interior of the house by 20% and also can reduce peak cooling demand by approximately 15%.

Disadvantages

  • Initial Expense: Metal roofs do tend to be more expensive than other roofing options. It more than makes up for the cost with its longevity, as well as the lower energy bills and savings from maintenance, but those will only be seen by owners that plan to be in their homes for a long time.
  • Noisy: Metal roofs can be rather loud, especially during rain or hail. Extra insulation will usually eliminate the problem, but that can be more expensive.
  • Expansion and Contraction: Metal will expand and contract over time, and if they are not installed correctly, metal roofs will shift. This is one of the many reasons you should always call well rated residential or commercial roofing companies.
  • Color Matching: In the unlikely event that a section needs to be replaced, or if you make an addition to your home, it can be hard to find an exact match to the existing color of the roof.

Metal roofs can be an attractive, long-lasting option for any home or business. To find out about using this option, call your local residential or commercial roofing company. They will be happy to discuss their various options for you to choose.

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