Metal Roofing: The Pros and Cons

There are varying materials that can be used in roofing, including metals. There are 5 types of metal roofing options that you can choose from copper, zinc, aluminum, steel and tin. If you are considering metal roofing, let’s look at the pros and the cons.

The Pros

Metal roofing is durable

Metal roofs are a preferred choice because they are durable, fire retardant and require very little maintenance. Usually, metal roofing that is properly installed will last as long as your house. This is a lifespan of 40-70 years, and often there is a manufacturer’s warranty covering metal roofs for 30 to 50 years. When you invest in a metal roof you can rest assured that it will withstand the elements without cracking or corroding thanks to the quality of the material and anti-rust coatings.

Metal roofing is environmentally friendly

Metal roofs are made using at least 25 percent recycled materials and are completely recyclable themselves. Roofing that is made using steel usually use about 60 to 65 percent recycled material and can be recycled repeatedly without losing any strength. A metal roof is also great if you want to participate in green initiatives such as rainwater harvesting or using solar panels. If your roof was already made using a different material, such as asphalt, some metal roofing is light enough to be installed over the old material. This can save you a lot of money on labour.

Metal roofs can help you save energy

Metal roofs have reflective properties which mean they do not absorb the heat from the sun. In the summer months, this means you will see great reductions in your energy bills and you will require less cooling. Homeowners who have switched to metal roofing reported saving up to 20 percent on their energy bills.

Metal roof designs are stylish

In the past, if you wanted a metal roof, your options would be limited to corrugated sheets that you’d see on barns and sheds. Now, you can choose from many stylish metal roofing options. Your metal roof could even be designed to mimic the appearance wood shakes, clay tiles, shingles, Victorian metal tiles and other materials. You may even have your roof painted in any colour you choose if you go with a steel or aluminum roof as they hold paint finishes well.

The Cons

Metal roofs can be dented

Although metal roofs are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions for years, some might still be dented by large, heavy objects. Additionally, you might not be able to walk on your metal roof without causing some damage, depending on the type of metal you choose. For example, Aluminum and Copper roofs are softer and therefore more likely to be dented, while steel roofs are a bit more resistant to damage.

Metal roofing can be expensive

The years of protection a metal roof provides can sometimes come at a high price. The material for metal roofs on the higher end can cost much more than an asphalt roof, for instance. You may also need to pay more money for the installation as well because it requires workmen with specialized training and tools.

Metal roofing is sometimes noisy

During heavy rain or a thunderstorm, you may notice that your metal roof is nosier than other roofing types. Luckily, this issue can be mitigated by adding extra layers of sheathing or installation beneath your roof. This, however, will increase the overall cost of your roof.

Do you need metal roofing services in Port Coquitlam or surrounding areas?

If you need metal roofing services in Port Coquitlam, give us a call at Robinson Roofing and Sheet Metal. Our company is built on a foundation of trust, integrity and communication. That is why every job we do comes with a clear outline of what and the work that work that will need to be done. We boast a diverse staff of trade certified Journeyman with some of the most diverse skill sets in the industry. You can rest easy knowing that we are licensed, fully insured for liability and we’re always in good standing with WorkSafeBC. So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today