Metal Roofs: Are They Worth It?

A roof that lasts a lifetime sounds too good to be true, but that’s what you’ll get when you select a metal roof. However, these roofs are pricey. Learn the pros and cons of a metal roof to decide if it’s right for you.

Why Get a Metal Roof?

Metal roofs are attractive for many reasons: Not only do they last decades (up to three times as long as asphalt roofs, in fact), they require less maintenance during their lifespan.

Metal roofs are particularly recommended for extreme weather, as they are able to withstand the weather better than asphalt roofs. Some metal roofs can handle winds that top 140 miles per hour. They withstand strong storms without denting, and they are waterproof and fireproof as well. If you’ve suffered frequent roof leaks or experienced other problems, then these benefits will strongly appeal. What’s more, metal roofs will never catch fire after a lightning strike or wildfire. This can bring peace of mind if you live in an area that’s prone to wildfires.

Metal roofs reflect solar heat back into the atmosphere, whereas asphalt roofs tend to absorb heat. While you can reduce heat absorption by choosing a lighter color of shingle, with a metal roof you can expect to see home cooling costs drop by as much as 25 percent.

There’s also the environmental angle. Metal roofs are more environmentally responsible than shingles: Not only does the roof last for up to 70 years, but the metal can be recycled after removal. Shingles go to the landfill.

You’ve probably heard that metal roofs are expensive, and that is true. They cost double or triple what asphalt roofs do, but in the long run, it evens out. Innovations have made the manufacturing process more affordable, which benefits homeowners.

Disadvantages of Metal Roofs

While metal roofs are great, there are a few downsides. Some people experience these roofs as noisy during heavy rains or hailstorms. If you are sensitive to sound, you may prefer asphalt. Insulating the attic can decrease noise, but increases your expense.

When these roofs are installed in large panels, they expand and contract. If the contractor doesn’t install the panels correctly, fasteners can loosen. To lower your risk, hire a licensed roofer.

If you like what you hear, learn more. Contact Brandstetter’s KangaRoof for a free estimate for roof installation: 513.713.0418.