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The Pros & Cons of Metal Roofing

Metal roofing has become very popular due to its durability and attractiveness. Before you decide if metal roofing is right for you here are some pros and cons to consider:

Pros

Long Life: Metal roofs offer the longest life of all roofing products. They are extremely durable and provide a perfect seal against wind, rain, snow, ice and hail. They are also resistant to mildew and fire. Generally metal roofs last over 50 years; painted roofs will maintain their colour for at least 30.
Lightweight: Tile shingles average 750 pounds per square feet compared to metal which is only 50 to 150 pounds. The lighter roof also works in your favour when building a new home as it will save you money for the cost of structural support.
Fire Resistant: Metal roofs are fire proof which means you will see a reduction to your home insurance costs. It also means there is less risk of fire spreading to your home from another structure or nearby natural grass or forest fires.
Easy Installation: Metal roofs tend to take less time to install which means you will pay less for labour. You will also have your metal roofing installed in a day.
Reflective Powers: Metal roofs will reflect heat away from your home. This means a cooler interior in the summer months and lower energy usage for air conditioning.
Less Leaks: A metal roof can be applied to a minimal slope without as much risk for seepage and leaks. They will also naturally help shed snow from your roof to reduce the risk of ice dams and seepage from snow and ice build-up.

Cons

Cost: Metal roofing does tend to cost more money than shingles. However they can save money in energy efficiency, insurance and labour. You will also likely never require a replacement while you own your home.
Noise and Denting: Some people find metal roofs are too noisy when it rains or hails. The nature of the metal can make it sound like a drum as the water and ice hit the surface.
Denting and Marring: Metal can dent during a hail storm or if other objects fall on the roof such as branches. As well the paint can be marred despite its durability.
Although they cost more initially the 50 year warranty will give you plenty of peace and mind. Give us a call if you’re considering the switch to a metal roof.