Metal roofs have a lot going for them, but there are some things to consider. More and more homeowners are leaning toward metal roofs for their homes due to the long life and durability. Let’s take a look at some of the pros of owning a metal roof and also some of the disadvantages – and how to overcome them.
The Pros of a Metal Roof
• Long lifespan. Metal roofing can last between 50 and 100 years. Proper maintenance helps to extend the life of your roof, helping it to last many more years.
• Recycled materials. Metal roofs can consist of up to 95% recycled materials, and they are 100% recyclable at the end of their lifespan. Keep asphalt shingles out of the landfill by installing a metal roof.
• Energy savings. Metal roofing reflects solar energy, keeping your home cooler in the summer. This can save up to 25% on your energy bill annually.
• Return on Investment. A metal roof is a great investment in your home’s future. The upfront cost balances with the long life of the roof, the warranty on the materials and the savings on your energy bill. Not to mention an increase in home value. It basically pays for itself.
• Less maintenance. Metal roofing requires very little maintenance compared to traditional asphalt shingles. The protective coating keeps the metal in great shape and water, snow and ice slide right off the smooth metal surface.
• Durability. Metal roofing is strong and durable. It holds up to the elements, pests, debris and more.
• Safety. Metal roofs are fire safe. They will not catch on fire during a lightning strike or a wildfire.
• Many colors and styles. Metal roofing is now available in a wide variety of colors and styles. There is something to match the character of every home.
The Cons of a Metal Roof
● Discoloration. Discoloration can happen without proper maintenance of a metal roof. Regular inspections, washing the roof’s surface and keeping an eye on problem areas can keep your roof looking its best. Some types of discoloration, known as patina, are actually natural protection formed by the metal against the elements.
● High price tag. Metal roofing has a higher price tag, but when you look at it over the life of the roof, it actually is a saving. Considering a metal roof lasts 50 to 70 years, the small increase covers the warranty, the materials, the energy savings and will still leave you with more money in your pocket than a traditional option.
● Performance. Sometimes a metal roof will cause water to pool or will warp in the sun. Luckily for you, the 50-year warranty provides coverage against manufacturer defects. No conventional roof offers this same type of coverage.
Though there are some things to consider when purchasing a metal roof, the pros far outweigh the cons. Professional installation can also make a huge difference when it comes to your roof’s performance. The team at Erie Metal Roofs is ready to help you install your metal roof, giving you peace of mind for the next 50 years. Call us today to schedule your appointment.