The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 15, 2021 7:45:00 AM
Brett McCutcheon


In the last decade, metal roofs have reached new heights in popularity as more people become aware of the advantages, they offer over traditional asphalt roofs. However, they are significantly more expensive than a common asphalt roof or traditional slate roof, making them a tough choice for homeowners hoping to repair and upgrade their homes. So, are metal roofs worth the higher price tag? Let’s examine the pros and cons of choosing a metal roof for your next build.

Pros of Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are perhaps the most durable and longest lasting option one can use for a residential roof. While an asphalt shingle roof may need to be replaced after only 15-20 years depending on the climate the home is located, a metal roof can last up to 70 years. The reason for the increased longevity is due to a durable metal roof’s ability to withstand the elements such as extreme heat and cold, as well as rain, snow, and ice.

Furthermore, a metal roof is completely unaffected by the growth of moss, mold, or mildew, unlike an asphalt roof. Without proper maintenance, an asphalt roof’s lifespan will be significantly shorter if exposed to moss, mold, or mildew. As a result, metal roofs are perfect for wet climates, and heavily wooded areas that could easily wear down common asphalt roofs.

Speaking of climate, metal roofs will keep a home cool in the summer and will prevent accumulation of snow and ice in the winter if you live in a cold climate. While it is great to stay cool in the summer, the latter point makes metal roofs more durable as a build-up of snow and ice will cause water damage to the roof, which can lead to major interior problems down the road.

Finally, metal roofs are made of fire-retardant material, which can be particularly important for homeowners who live in areas that are prone to wildfires. This ability to withstand fire and extreme weather without needing constant maintenance make metal roofs one of the most environmentally friendly options for a home as they will last significantly longer than an asphalt roof.

Cons of Metal Roofs

Although there are a ton of benefits to investing in a metal roof, the price is often an obstacle for homeowners. The upfront costs of purchasing a metal roof will be higher than more conventional options such as asphalt shingles. Homeowners who are unsure if they are going to stay in a home long-term may not want to commit to the cost of a metal roof, especially when cheaper asphalt roofs are readily available.


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