Lifespan: 40-70 years
Metal roofing is lightweight and excellent for reflecting daytime heating. This material is a great option for residential and commercial structures. Metal roofing creates a stunning look to most building styles, it is favored for use where fire protection is important, it has a long lifespan and requires very low maintenance. Metal roofing is composed of mainly aluminum and steel types, it is durable, lightweight, and considered a modern, green, energy efficient building material.
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Advantages of Metal Roofing
- Longevity. Metal roofs can last 40-70 years, depending on the material you choose.
- Durability. Some metal roofs can sustain wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour, will not rot or crack, and are somewhat impact-resistant.
- Cost. Metal roofs don’t need as much maintenance as other roofing materials will often require. Although, they should be inspected periodically to make sure no repairs are required.
- Safety. Metal roofs will not spark and ignite into flames during a wildfire or lightning strike. If living in a high prone area for fires they can help avoid catastrophes.
- Energy efficiency. Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, which can reduce cooling costs by 10-25%. They offer year-round benefits for energy savings.
- Environmentally friendly. Metal roofs are known to be made up of as much as 95% recycled content, depending on the material used, they are also 100% recyclable at the end of their lifespan.
Disadvantages of Metal Roofing
- Affordability. Metal roofs can be as much as two or three times more expensive than other roofing materials. While the life of a metal roof is much longer, investing in a metal roof only makes sense if you plan to stay in your home long enough to enjoy the cost benefits.
- Noisiness. Metal roofs can be noisy, especially during a heavy rain or hailstorm. Adding more insulation during installation usually solves this problem, but that may increase costs.
- Expansion and contraction. Metal roofing materials that are attached as large panels can expand and contract. If they are not installed properly with fasteners that offer flexibility, the panels may loosen.
- Inconsistency of color match. If a repair is required or a home addition is added years later, it may be difficult to find an exact match to the existing metal depending on the manufacturer.
- Performance. If water accumulates anywhere on the roof over a long period of time, it can eventually cause serious damage. Low-grade metals may also be thinner and less durable or may rust in certain climates. They may dent more easily than others during hail or storms or from fallen debris.
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