These days, more and more homeowners are choosing metal roofs over standard shingle roofs. A metal roof may also be the wisest choice for your home, but we don’t just want you to take our word for it. Instead, we recommend you do a little reading to explore the pros and cons of metal roofing for yourself. Here are the key factors to consider.
First, the Cons of Metal Roofing
There’s really only one major downfall to metal roofs, and it’s the upfront cost. They do cost significantly more than basic dimensional shingles. Costs vary, but most metal roofs are between 2 and 3 times the cost of a basic shingle roof.
If you’re on a really tight budget and need a roof ASAP, then you may be better off with shingles. A properly installed shingle roof is perfectly suitable and can last several decades, especially with maintenance. On the other hand, if you can afford the higher upfront cost of a metal roof, it’s a smart investment — for all the reasons outlined below.
Then, the Pros of Metal Roofing
Today’s metal roofs are carefully engineered to offer a range of benefits. If you’re picturing an old, aluminum roof from decades ago, this is not an accurate depiction of what metal roofs are like today. Modern metal roofs are coated to prevent rust and corrosion, insulated for heat protection, and generally made to be sturdy and long-lived. Here are some more specific pros of metal roofing.
Almost Zero Repairs or Maintenance
Metal roofs are far less likely to require repairs than shingle roofs. You will have fewer issues with the roof lifting during a storm or experiencing UV damage in a long, hot summer.
Metal roofs also don’t require maintenance such as moss removal since moss won’t grow on the metal. Not only will this save you time over the years, but it will also save you money. Over time, the money you save on roof repairs and maintenance can help counter-balance the higher upfront cost of a metal roof.
Recyclable and Eco-Friendly
If choosing sustainable materials is important to you, then metal roofing is a smart choice. Most metal roofs are made from recycled materials. When your roof does need replacement, the old roof can be recycled again. This helps reduce the amount of waste in landfills and the amount of metal which needs to be mined.
The fact that metal roofs don’t need to be coated in herbicides or sprayed with insecticides is also good for the planet. Many of these products, while helpful for protecting shingle and shake roofs, are not very great for plants and wildlife.
There are a few ways in which metal roofs are energy-efficient. First, they offer superior emissivity. In other words, they reflect lots of heat as the sun beats down on them. Metal roofs offer up to 86% emissivity, meaning they reflect 86% of the heat. Energy Star-rated shingles, by comparison, offers about 28% emissivity.
This higher emissivity means your attic stays cooler with a metal roof than with a shingle roof. Lower attic temperatures mean lower indoor temperatures, which means your AC unit does not have to work so hard. Not only will your energy bills be lower, but your air conditioner may last longer and suffer less wear. Your home will also be more comfortable during the heat of summer.
Durable and Long-Lived
Metal roofs can last for 50 years or more. Comparatively, shingle roofs last around 20 to 30 years. So, when you purchase a metal roof, you are really buying the equivalent of two shingle roofs. This makes the cost of a metal roof seem far more reasonable.
Metal roofs are very wind-resistant. This is great news if you live in an area where storms are common. It will give you peace of mind to know your roof will protect your home. Plus, you’re less likely to have to file a homeowners’ insurance claim or pay out-of-pocket for repairs after a big storm.
Metal roofs also have a modern look which a lot of homeowners enjoy. They look sleek and polished, and they maintain this look as they age. You can choose from many different colors, customizing your roof to coordinate with the rest of your home’s architecture.
Metal roofs are more expensive to install than shingle roofs. However, these roofs pay you back in the long term in the form of energy savings, fewer repairs, and low maintenance requirements. Plus, they have a lovely, modern look and last for decades. If you’re interested in learning more about metal roofs, contact Quantum Roofing. We offer roofing services throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, and we’d be happy to give you an estimate.