How much do you know about metal roofing?
The type of roofing material you pick will define your home’s resale value, cooling and heating bills, as well as the cost of insurance premiums that you will have to pay. So what are the pros and cons of metal roofing?
Commonly, metal roofing materials arrive in 12 to 36 inch wide panels and/or multiple shingle sections. A skillful roofing contractor can install them easily and quickly. Metal roofing material is light and you won’t need additional work to be done on your roof to stabilize its support structure.
Metal roofing is much lighter compared to tiles and concrete tiles. Most types of metal roofing weigh somewhere between 50 to 150 pounds per square. Even though some metal roofing materials are directly applied over an already existing roof, you won’t require extra structural support.
Metal will reflect the sun’s heat, thus minimize the amount of heat gained during the day. This saves energy that would be used on the AC system. Less dead space there is between the metal and the roof support, the more money you will save.
Rain and snow
Metal is impassable to snow and rain. Its core design is to connect tightly to the surfaces.
If installed properly, metal roofing should last as long as your home lasts. It can withstand snow, high winds and keep water out of your home. Metal roofing is resistant to insects, fire, mold and other elements. Usually, warranties are in between 20 and 50 years.
Although metal roofing has many advantages, there are a couple of disadvantages to metal roofing. Every day, manufacturers are trying to fix those disadvantages.
Maybe a trivial con, but metal roofs can get noisy, which is even more amplified when raining. If you install structural barriers you might minimize the noise.
After a serious hailstorm, larger hail stones might dent your metal roof. Aluminum and copper types of metal roof are prone to dents, unlike steel which is a much harder material.
If you decide to get a painted metal roof, there is a chance that your paint finish will peel, fade, chalk, scratch and chip. It is important to be careful while installing the roof so that your roof doesn’t get scratched or dented.
Starting cost of metal roofing can get quite high. But keep in mind that metal roofing is more durable than most other roofing materials and will, in the end, save you more money.
All in all
Metal roofing is most definitely one of the most durable and best options. Evaluating advantages and disadvantages will help you decide if should you get a metal roof or not. If you are still interested in metal roofing, then contact Mesa’s roofing contractor Arizona Roofing Systems and schedule a meeting today!