Once used almost exclusively in commercial roofing, metal roofs are becoming increasingly common in residential roofing. Metal roofing comes in a variety of materials, styles, and colors. Due to its durability, a metal roof should be considered in Texas due to its impact and hail resistance. A variety of considerations should go into your metal roof purchase.
Considering the Pros and Cons of Residential Metal Roofing
Pro – Durability of metal roofs
Metal roofs, especially when higher-end materials are used outlast most other roof types. While a shingle roof will last twenty-five to thirty years. By contrast, most metal roofs are warranted for fifty years and can last a hundred years or more. You won’t likely need to replace your roof as long as you live in your home.
Pro – Impact, and hail resistant roofing for your home
Metal roofing is naturally more resistant to impact from hail, branches, and other hazards. However, large hail can still dent your roof. Therefore, it is still essential to have annual roof inspections and inspections after hail that is larger in size. Many believe you cannot walk on a hail roof as it will cause damage. However, this is not true. Walking on a properly installed metal roof is fine for the roof, especially with higher end roofing materials, though walking on a roof may be hazardous to your safety.
Pro – Metal roofing is resistant to many environmental concerns
Mold, mildew, insects, and rot can all cause damage to roofs made of shingles. Metal is resistant to all these concerns. Though corrosion can be an issue, water and hail drain better off a metal roof decreasing the risk of this damage to your roof. Plus, you have the added benefit, here in Texas, of reduced risk of standing water that can attract mosquitos to lay their eggs.
Pro – Energy efficiency of metal roofing – keep your home cooler in the summer
Metal roofing can cut down on your cooling costs by as much as 25% in the summer. Metal is a reflective material, and therefore reflects light and heat away from your home, thus reducing your utility bill.
Pro – Exceptional fire resistance of metal roofing
Metal roofs carry a Class “A” fire rating. They can protect your home from flying sparks and embers from wildfires and other events, as well as lightning strikes. These roofs are known to protect against fires from the outside better than all other roofing materials. An added benefit is that some homeowner’s policies do offer discounts for fire resistant roofing.
Pro – Resale value of your home increases with metal roofing
Homes with metal roofs, on average, sell for 1 to 6% more than comparable homes. You can expect to recoup approximately 85% of the cost at resale.
Pro – Environmentally friendly roofing
Metal roofing is made of 25 to 95% recycled materials. When replacing a metal roof, 100% of the materials are recyclable.
Pro – Metal roofs add curb appeal to your home
Due to the variety of materials, styles, and colors, metal roofs are aesthetically pleasing.
Con – Cost of metal roofs
Metal roofing is one of the more expensive roofing materials with regards to initial cost.
Con – Fire safety
While metal roofs are undoubtedly the best against fires that come from the outside, their safety is a bit dubious when the fire starts inside the home, as the flames and heat get trapped inside. During a fire, firefighters often must cut into the metal roofing.
Con – Noise
Many believe a metal roof is necessarily noisier than other types, and to an extent, this is true. Much of this can be mitigated through proper installation with a firm underlayment. Properly installed, the difference in decibels is often as little as 5 to 15.
Con – Maintenance
While known to be low maintenance, these roofs do dent and corrode. The paint can crack and peel. The paint job on these roofs is generally warranted for up to 30 years, however. Proper care and annual inspections are vital to keeping these roofs in top condition.
Con – Improper installation
Metal roofs more than any other roofing type require an experienced and qualified roofer to ensure that are installed correctly. Inadequate ventilation can lead to trapping heat and moisture, thus increasing the risk of corrosion and other damage that can lead to roof leaks. Understanding the type of underlayment needed is equally important both in noise reduction and reducing the expansion and contraction that can lead to damage.
Metal roofing is an exceptional choice for the roof of your home. While the initial expenditure is higher, the benefits, over time, make this roof a cost-effective roofing solution for your home. When considering a metal roof for your home, though, choosing the right roofer is crucial. Here at Becker Roofing and Exteriors, are roofers have the knowledge and experience you want for your metal roof installation. Call us today!