A metal roof has many obvious advantages and a few disadvantages. Any homeowner that faces a roof replacement in the near future should be armed with as much information as possible on the different types of roofs. We’ve written this article to bring the pros and cons of metal roofing systems out into the open. The article was written for Texans specifically, but the information is applicable to just about everyone, regardless of geographic location. Please feel free to add any pros or cons in the comments section at the bottom of the article.
What are some benefits of a metal roof?
Durability: Metal roofs are incredibly durable and can last for up to 50 years. Metal roofs last much longer than shingles, which usually only last between 20 and 30 years. Installing a metal roof is also a great idea because metal roofs tend to last longer and need less maintenance.
Environmentally friendly: One of the best things about installing a metal roof is that it’s one of the more environmentally friendly roofing materials. Although it is a form of industrial steel, the process it goes through to become the roofing material is environmentally safe. Also, old metal roofing panels can often be recycled after they have served their purpose.
Color choice: Metal roofs come in many different colors, so you can choose the one that goes best with your home. They are also available in a range of textures, meaning you can choose a smooth or textured finish. Always check with your HOA to make sure that the material and color are allowed before having a new roof installed.
Fire resistance: Another benefit of installing a metal roof is its fire resistance. Metal roofs are non-combustible, meaning they don’t catch fire. This makes them a great option for homes in wildfire-prone areas, or just about any home.
What are the drawbacks of installing a metal roof?
Weight: One of the drawbacks of installing a metal roof is that it’s much heavier than most other roofing materials. Since they are made of metal, they tend to weigh a lot. While most homes can support the added weight of a metal roof, you may need to consult with an engineer or architect to make sure that your foundation and roof decking can handle the added weight.
High installation costs: One of the drawbacks of installing a metal roof is the cost of installation. They also require a higher skill level to install than other roofing materials, which means you’ll likely have to pay more for labor.
Longer installation time: Another drawback of installing a metal roof is that it takes longer to install than other roofing materials. This is because it must be attached to the roof’s decking by nailing or bolting it down.
Things to think about.
It’s impossible to tell someone what type of roofing material to use, but if most of the benefits of a metal roofing system apply to you, and the cons don’t cause too much concern, we recommend a metal roof. If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly roof that is long-lasting and low-maintenance, then a metal roof is definitely worth considering. It’s important to note that there are a variety of types of metal roofing. The most common type of metal roof is galvanized steel, but it is not good for all climates because it can rust in harsh weather.
Metal Roof Prices?
The cost of installing a metal roof will depend on your specific needs and the type of metal roofing you choose. As mentioned above, galvanized steel is the most common type of metal roofing, but if you’re installing a metal roof in a coastal or high-humidity area, you probably won’t want to use this type. You can expect to pay anywhere between $6,000 and $20,000 for the installation of a metal roof. For comparison, the cost of installing an average one-story asphalt roof is between $3,000 and $10,000. Keep in mind that you’ll also need to factor in the cost of repairs or replacing your roof in the next few decades. While shingles and asphalt roofs only last around 20–30 years, a metal roof can last for up to 50 years.
Metal roofs are extremely durable, low-maintenance, and long-lasting. That being said, installing a metal roof comes with a high price tag, and it may be heavier than other roofing materials. Bell County Roofing has experts who can help you with any questions or worries you may have.