It’s time to talk about some of the reasons why we believe that metal is the best roofing material. So, to start with one of the main advantages of metal roofs is their longevity. Unlike traditional asphalt roofs, which have an estimated 12 to 20 years of life, metal roofs, subject to the type of metal used, can last up to 70 years. What’s more, metal roofs are very durable. They can withstand winds exceeding 140 miles per hour and won’t corrode or crack.
Another key benefit of metal roofs is that they require no maintenance. You don’t need to re-tile, paint or varnish metal. Furthermore, provided the roof is properly grounded, it will not spark during a lightning strike. Obviously metal has a very high melting point, so your roof won’t catch fire or be ignited by any surrounding forest fires.
Many people don’t think about the fact that most metal roofs are not only constructed from a high percentage of recycled materials, but they are also 100% recyclable themselves. This means the roof type gets a high score on the environmentally friendly scale. Also, metal roofs can help householders to save money on cooling bills, as they reflect heat rays from the sun and do not absorb them.
Of course, it’s only fair to talk about some of the disadvantages of metal roofs. Noisiness is perhaps the biggest drawback of such roofs. Some people might enjoy the sound of heavy rainfall on a metal roof, but for others, it can feel like they’re living inside of a drum. Hailstorms can be particularly noisy. It is possible to control the noise somewhat by using extra insulation and structural barriers. However, these extras can add to the cost of your roof.
Denting is also a real possibility if you opt for softer metals like aluminum and copper. Large hailstones can often cause dents in a metal roof. That said, galvanized steel is less prone to denting, and some metals are impact-resistant.
While metal roofs are great a protecting the inside of a property from outdoor wildfires, they are not ideal if a fire starts inside the house. There have been instances where firefighters have had to cut through a metal roof to start putting out a house fire. It’s also important to note that metal roofs can cost as much as four times more than asphalt roofs, but due to their incredible longevity they do end up with similar costs in comparison to traditional roofs. They also add value to a home over a traditional roof, because the buyer of the home will not have to replace the roof for an incredible amount of time, if ever.
While there are a few notable disadvantages to using metal as a roofing material, we believe that the pros outweigh the cons at Green Metal Roofing. Contact us today, and we can go over the details with you and explain how a metal roof benefits both you and your property.