Learn the Pros and Cons Of Metal Roofing

Every type of roof has its pros and cons. Do you know what they are for metal roofing?

Metal RoofingMetal roofing is one of the most popular types of roofs to install on homes, and for good reason. In short, metal roofs last a long time, they provide the utmost protection to your home, and they’re energy efficient. What more do you need in a roof?

Metal Roof Pros
This lightweight, easy to install roofing comes in all different types, including steel, aluminum, copper, zinc, and terne metal. This material has a life expectancy of 40-70 years, if it’s installed properly, and maintained and inspected regularly. Not only that, but it’s also designed to withstand the strongest winds, which is especially mind easing during hurricane season. Metal is also resistant to a number of things, including fire, water, mildew, insects, and rot. Metal roofs typically have a Class A fire rating, making them one of the most fire-resistant roofs on the market.

As an advantage in terms of cost, metal roofing can be applied over existing roofing material without requiring a tear-off. They also reflect heat from the sun, thus helping you save energy used from air conditioning.

Metal Roof Cons
Metal roofing can be on the more expensive side, but look at all the advantages that come with the cost! On average, it can cost $150 to $600 per square foot. Metal roofs also create more noise compared to an asphalt roof for instance, and they can dent easily from hail.

In addition, some painted metal roofs can scratch, peel, fade, or chip. Plus, the expansion and contraction caused by hot and cold temperatures can cause a wavy effect on hot days. Metal roofs are also more susceptible to being struck by lightning compared to most other types. And although metal roofs are protective from flying sparks and embers on the outside, they’re not ideal for fires that start from inside a house. Firemen may have to cut through the roof to put out the fire, which can take longer and be more difficult.

If you want to learn more about metal roofs, call the professionals of MEIS Roofing & Construction.