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Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

By abconstr68604637, Feb 14 2019 03:52PM

What’s good about a metal roof?

New styles can mimic shingles, shakes, slate and tile, and dozens of colors are available

Metal is a 50 to 100-year roofing material with warranties of 30-50 years

Metal reflects solar radiant heat, so can keep your home cooler and control energy costs in hot weather when compared with asphalt

Many metal roofing profiles have a Class A fire rating

Some styles of metal such as corrugated and ribbed panels that are common to barn roofs can be installed quickly and on a budget

Metal sheds rain and snow better than most other roof materials, which helps prevent ice dams during extreme cold

Recycled materials are used in most metal roofs, and the roofing panels are 100% recyclable at the end of their service life

Today’s metal roofing products are surprisingly lightweight yet offer outstanding resistance to impact

Metal roofs look great on wood-sided homes, cabins, cottages and those with simple, rustic design

Before you choose metal, know its potential disadvantages:

The cost of metal roofing is higher (copper is in the league of its own as the most expensive option) than asphalt shingles and wood roofing, but that is usually offset by its durability and longevity

Without an attic space or a proper substrate such as solid sheathing (boards or plywood), metal roofs installed over open framing and directly over living space can be noisier than other materials when the rain hits it

The material can dent when hit with a heavy object, and replacing metal panels is costlier than replacing asphalt, wood or tiles, although many metal roofing styles are rated to withstand large hail

While protecting the home from windblown sparks and cinders, in some situations metal roofing can make it more difficult for firefighters from breaking through the roof to pour water on an interior fire

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