Good and bad of metal roofing

It doesn’t matter whether you’re putting a roof on a new home, just simply updating your existing roof or your old roof requires a total makeover; the fact remains that there are many roofing materials available. Regardless of the roof style you have, metal roofs can be an attractive option because of their longevity, minimal maintenance, and eco-friendliness. You can choose from tin, zinc, aluminum, copper, or galvanized steel; you just make sure your metal roofing material is tested and labeled by UL, FM Global, or the equivalent. Your metal roofer in Austin, TX will be able to answer any questions you have.

Metal roofs offer many benefits, including:

  • Metal roofs can last 40 to 70 years, depending on the material while asphalt roofing materials have an estimated life expectancy of roughly 12 to 20 years. This is a considerable difference when talking about such a costly investment. And of course, life expectancy also depends on temperature, climate and other weather conditions.

  • Some metal roofs can sustain high wind gusts, will not corrode or crack, and may be impact-resistant. This depends greatly on chosen materials. In addition, metal roofs don’t need the periodic costly maintenance that other roofing materials often require; however, it is wise to periodically check your roof for possible maintenance.

  • Metal roofs are fire-resistant and won’t spark or ignite during wildfires or lightening strikes.

  • Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, thus reducing your energy bills significantly.

  • Metal roofs have 25% to 95% recycled content and, depending on the material used, can also be 100% recyclable at the end of their life as a roof. In comparison, shingle waste ends up as part of the building-related waste stream which can amount to up to billions of pounds annually.

Despite their many advantages, metal roofs have some potential drawbacks:

  • Metal roofs can be considerably more expensive than other roofing materials by at least twice the cost.. While the life of a metal roof is much longer, investing in a metal roof only makes sense if you plan to stay in your home long enough to benefit from the roofing costs.

  • Metal roofs can be noisy, especially during a heavy rain or hailstorm. This may be a disadvantage to some but an advantage to others. I have heard many individuals say that sleeping to the sound of rain pounding on a metal roof is the best that they have experienced. Adding more insulation during installation usually solves this problem, but that may increase costs.

  • Metal roofing materials that are attached as large panels tend to expand and contract. If they are not properly installed with fasteners that allow the metal to “breathe,” the panels may loosen.

  • A future repair or addition to the existing roof (such as adding a room to the home) could make finding an exact metal roofing match difficult. While not all situations can be prepared for, this is one that should be considered.

With every list of advantages, there is usually a list of disadvantages; however your local metal roofer in Austin, TX will be able to assist you with your roofing decision.

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