What are the pros and cons of a metal roof?
So, it is time for a new roof, and you’ve been considering a metal roof for the house. After some price shopping for metal roofing, but you keep asking yourself, “Is metal roof worth the money?” Roofing experts will tell you that the metal roof benefits are well worth the extra money metal roofing may cost you. This is what we will cover here today and provide you information that will help you decide if metal roofing is for you.
Metal roofing has become an option for many homeowners because of its longevity and minimal maintenance. What many people do not realize about metal roofing is the energy efficiency it offers. Other pros of metal roofing are:
- Lifespan. Metal roofs are known to have a lifespan of forty to seventy years, dependent on the metal type used. Traditional asphalt roofing materials have an estimated life expectancy of roughly up twelve years to twenty years.
- Stability. Metal roofing can withstand 14 mph wind gusts. It won’t crack, resists corrosion, and most types of metal roofing are impact resistant. While metal roofing isn’t prone to being damaged, it is recommended by professional roofing contractors to have periodic inspections.
- Safety. Metal roofing is fire resistant, even amid a lightning strike or wildfire. When it comes to lightning striking metal roofing, it will not attract lightning any more than any other roofing material.
- Energy efficient. Metal roofing reflects the sun’s radiant heat, reducing cooling costs up to 25%. When an ample amount of insulation is installed correctly in the attic, the energy efficiency increases.
- Environmental. Metal roofing is 25% to 95% recycled content when manufactured, and it is 100% recyclable when no longer viable as a metal roofing material.
With these pros in favor of metal roofing, there are cons to this roofing material too.
- Metal roofing is two to three times more expensive than other materials.
- Metal roofing can be noisy during a hailstorm or heavy rain if not installed properly.
- Metal roofing is contracts and expands with the temperature.
- Metal roofing can be difficult to match the color when installing repair pieces.
- Metal roofing not installed properly can have puddling areas of water that will rust the metal.
Do Metal Roofs need gutters?
Meticulously, metal roofing does not require gutters. Metal roofing can resist any possible damage that other roofs can’t. While your metal roofing doesn’t need a gutter system, your property around the house can benefit from a gutter system.
How do you maintain a metal roof?
Metal roofing isn’t any different from other roofing material – regular maintenance is a must preserve your investment. Who would want to have metal roofing installed, only to have to replace before its end-of-life? With the following regular maintenance steps, you will have your metal roofing or years to come, starting with surface maintenance:
- Clean the Surface: Removing the dirt, mildew, stains, and other elements that could be potentially harmful if left on your metal roofing. This includes cleaning the valleys and dead spots on the roof where branches, debris, leaves, and sticks that get stuck on the roof.
- Clean Gutters & Drains: Over time, leaves, limbs, sticks, and debris will build up in your gutters, clogging them and then the water accumulates and stands in the gutters on your metal roofing. If not cleaned out, that standing water will corrode the metal, making holes and backing up to clog the drains.
- Check for Chipping, Fading, Scratches, Scuffs: Make sure there isn’t anything rubbing like metals. Different metals sometimes have adverse reactions when touching and can cause your metal roofing early failure.
Performing structural maintenance on your metal roofing is important as well and always recommended that a professional roofing contractor should do it.
Things that they will check and address with repair or replacement are:
- Fasteners, Rivets, Screws
- Loose or Separated Panel Seams
- Loose or Damaged metal roof flashing Materials
- Replace Sealant
- Check Penetration Points
- Check for and Repair Punctures
Do metal roofs keep house cooler?
Metal roofing reflects heat and light instead of absorbing it because of their low thermal mass. When coated with a specialized reflective coating available on the market, metal roofing will re-emit heat, keeping the attic cool through the hot summer months. This will lower your energy bills because your cooling system won’t be working as hard.
If you’re still not convinced you want a metal roof or not after reading this, talk to several roofing contractors. Some areas may have roofing restrictions, there are cities that have limits on metal roofing. A professional roofing contractor that is experienced with metal roofing will know those things. Request a written quote from each and ask their advice and recommendations for metal roofing on your house. You should request copies of their license and insurance.
Want to get started on your metal roof today? Reach out to the experts at Gleason Home Improvements when you dial (336) 823-6156!