The sound of rain on a tin roof is a soothing sound that makes homeowners dream of installing a tin roof. Its popularity is growing as it’s also a widely available roofing option that comes in many styles. Metal roofs are durable, with an average lifespan of 50 years or more. These sturdy roofs can withstand hurricanes, hail, and wildfires.
Metal roofs are generally low maintenance, but the cost is traditionally higher. If you are thinking of getting a tin roof, consider weighing these pros and cons before making a decision.
The Pros of a Metal Roof
Metal Roofs Last Longer
Metal roofs are durable, and the material’s long lifespan is appealing to homeowners enough to make them want to make the switch. A home with a metal roof can last just as long as the house itself. Metal roofs typically come with a 30 to 50-year warranty. In comparison, a traditional roof lasts anywhere from 12 to 20 years. The metal roof can withstand the elements as well as time. In addition to the elements, metal roofs are resistant to insects such as termites, and metal roofs are impervious to rot and mildew.
Metal Roofs are Environment Friendly
Because metal roofs are long-lasting, they are considered a more sustainable option. Most metal roofs are made up of 25% recycled material, and they are 100% recyclable themselves. Steel roofs can be recycled many times without losing any strength. Metal roofs are ideal for installing solar panels and building a rainwater catching system. Metal roofs are so lightweight, you can install them right on top of the existing asphalt roof without damaging the structural support. This saves the earth from needless waste.
Metal Roofs are Energy Efficient.
Although a metal roof is more expensive, the reflective property of the roof reflects solar heat instead of absorbing it, saving you cooling costs by up to 25%. Some metal roofs can be coated with pigments to minimize heat gain within the home, keeping the home cool through the summer months. Many insurance companies offer discounts to homeowners with metal roofs, reducing even more annual costs.
Metal Roofs Can be Stylish
With the advancement of technology, metal roofs can take many shapes and choices in materials. You can choose a metal roof made from tin, zinc, aluminum, galvanized steel in a wide variety of shapes, finishes, and even colors. Asphalt roofs traditionally offer 15 to 20 choices, and with metal roofs, you have the choice of over 100 colors. Steel and aluminum are both designed to hold paint finishes well.
The Cons of a Metal Roof
Metal roofs can be expensive
Choosing a metal roof has many advantages, but the price is significantly higher than a traditional asphalt roof, sometimes running as high as 10x more than the asphalt roofing price. The price per square foot depends on the type of material and finishes you choose, but on average, the price ranges from $120 to $900 square feet. Installation is much more expensive as roofers need to be adequately trained to install a metal roof along with the costs of the tools and equipment the installation requires. Repair also requires a professional. Although metal roofs tend to be more expensive, they do not need to be replaced nearly as often as a conventional asphalt roof.
Metal Roofs Can be Dented
Metal roofs are incredibly durable, but they are not invincible. These roofs are built to withstand natural disasters and extreme weather. Some metals can still be dented by large hail or falling branches. Even walking on the roof could potentially do some damage. Choosing the right metal and finishes can help prevent these damages, like in places more susceptible to catastrophic hail storms. Aluminum and Copper are typically softer metals and more likely to dent. Although asphalt roofs also are damaged by large hail and falling branches, a metal roof is still more durable.
Metal Roofs are Noisy
The appeal of the sound of rain might be a factor when considering a metal roof. However, it’s not ideal if you can’t turn it off. There are ways to combat the drawbacks of a noisy roof, and that comes with extra installation or extra layers of solid sheathing beneath it, but those incur additional costs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do metal roofs attract lightening?
Metal is not more attractive to lightning than any other material. Typically, lightning will strike the tallest object like a tree or a chimney, but it won’t catch fire if it does strike your metal roof.
Can I get a metal roof if my roof has a low slope?
Although metal roofs were thought only to be available for heavily sloped roofs, metal roofs are made for low-slope homes. Standing seam roofs are elevated and securely sealed to withstand water.
Do I need to hire a professional to install and repair my metal roof?
Installing a roof on your own may seem like a great idea to save money, it is not recommended. Most of the time, metal materials for roofs are ordered through special retailers, and installing metal roofs is very advanced. Most contractors that install metal roofs must go through specialized training in order to install the roof.
What kind of maintenance does a metal roof require?
It is recommended that you have your roof maintenance done annually to keep the roof looking its best and ensure damages cause no costly issues down the line. Additionally, many warranties require proof that you performed regular roof washing each year in order to keep the warranty active. Not all installation companies offer this service, but we believe in caring for our customers long after the job is done. Once we’re up there we also give it an annual inspection to ensure everything looks good and no damage has happened over the previous year.
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A metal roof gives you a sleek look while providing you comfort in the fact that your roof will last. Metal roofs are an attractive option with no shortage of designs, materials, and colors to choose from. Before making a decision, be sure to review all the pros and cons and consider your neighborhood and the style of your home.