There is now a wide variety of metal roofs, and some of them are incredibly stylish! There are many benefits of installing a metal roof on your home or business, and Rojas Roofing would love to help you decide if upgrading to a metal roofing system is right for you.
The Advantages of a Metal Roof
Metal roofs have many benefits over asphalt shingle and other types of roofing. These are the main reasons that an increasing number of homeowners are deciding to install metal roofing systems:
Metal roofs are long-lasting
They typically last about 40 – 50 years. However, with proper maintenance and care, some metal roofs can last as long as 70 years. Due to rust-proof coatings, they don’t corrode or crack, so there is less chance of a leak than with traditional roofing systems. Many homeowners who choose to install a metal roof site longevity as their primary reason.
Metal roofs are durable.
They can withstand up to 140 mph winds, and high-end metal roofing systems are Class 4 Impact-Resistant, which means that they are not likely to be damaged by hail smaller than 2 inches. In addition, some insurance companies give a discount to homeowners with a Class 4 Impact-resistant roof.
Metal roofs are energy efficient.
Metal reflects the UV and infrared rays that heat the more traditional asphalt shingle roofs. This can save you between 10% – 25% of your cooling costs during the summer because it limits the amount of heat that is absorbed and transferred to the interior of the home.
Metal roofs require less maintenance.
It is still a good idea to have your roof serviced annually in order to prevent potential problems, but the list of services required for a metal roof are relatively short (especially when compared to an asphalt roofing system). A roofing company will treat and prevent any scuffing, scratching, or galvanic corrosion, and they will also replace any fasteners that have aged considerably.
Metal is a fire-retardant material.
Most premium metal roofs are give a Class A Fire Retardant rating, so you don’t have to worry about your roof catching on fire if lightning were to strike.
Metal roofs are environmentally friendly.
Not only does the metal typically contain a minimum of 25% recycled material (sometimes up to 95%), but the metal is also 100% recyclable at the end of its life. Metal roofs create much less waste than other roofing systems. Metal also creates a great surface for solar panels, making it an even better investment for eco-minded homeowners.
Metal roofs don’t grow moss and fungus.
These can both decrease the life of an asphalt shingle roof by half. Treating moss and fungus will never be part of the maintenance performed on a metal roof.
Animals cannot break or bend metal.
This means that they will not be able alter the roof in order to enter the attic. A metal roofing system will never allow critters into your home.
Metal is a very light-weight material.
The low weight of the metal materials causes less stress to the structure of the home, which – in the long run – protects the structural integrity of the home.
The Disadvantages of a Metal Roof
While metal roofs are advantageous in many ways, there are a few things to consider before purchasing a metal roof. Make sure that these drawbacks are not deal breakers for you!
Metal roofs are typically more expensive than other roofing systems.
Metal roofs can sometimes cost ten times an asphalt shingle roof. Although the initial investment will be bigger, you will likely recoup your money in the long run because you won’t be replacing the roof as frequently. It might also be helpful to note that metal roofing materials are often similar in cost to other premium roofing materials.
Metal roofs tend to be noisy.
You will hear more noise during rain or hail storms; however, the use of solid decking and extra insulation in the attic can decrease the noise heard inside the house. On the other hand, it might be the perfect sound to lull you to sleep!
Metal roofs can be dented.
Although some metal roofs are impact-resistant, other metal roofs will dent when impacted by hail or falling tree limbs. Depending on the metal, it may also be best to avoid walking on them altogether. To avoid these drawbacks, choose a stronger material, such as steel (as opposed to softer metals like aluminum or copper).
Color matching may be difficult.
If a repair or replacement panel is needed after the initial install, it may be hard to find material that matches your color. You will likely find material that is very close in color, but not an exact match.
Still can’t decide? Let Rojas Roofing help!
Rojas Roofing is a small, family-owned and -operated roofing company, and our goal is for every homeowner in the Indianapolis area to have a roof that is right for them. Although the benefits of metal roofs are enticing, a metal roof might not be the best choice for every home. If you still need more information about metal roofing systems, please give us a call at (317) 643-8613 or use our online contact form!