The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing
Although shingles roofs continue to be the most common type for homeowners around the nation due to their affordability and versatility, many in the Charleston area are considering a metal roof. Metal roofs can last as many as 70 years if cared for properly. And they also stand up well to South Carolina’s harsh weather conditions. A metal roof might not be for everyone, but is it for you? These are the pluses and minuses of a metal roof – you decide.
Pros of Metal Roofing:
A metal roof is one of the most durable types of roofing materials you can add to protect your home. They can withstand heavy storm conditions, harsh heat, and just about everything else that the outdoors can throw at them. A metal roof can sustain winds up to about 140 mph, and they will not corrode or crack. They are also completely fire-resistant and will not ignite or catch fire.
Metal roofs work by reflecting solar radiant heat in the warm weather, which makes them ideal for South Carolina. That means you can reduce your air conditioning costs by as much as 10-25%. And over the long, hot summer, that can be a significant savings
Not only do metal roofs contain anywhere from 25-95% recycled materials; they are also 100% recyclable. That means, unlike shingle roofs that will end up in a landfill somewhere; metal roofing material will go on to become something else useful after it has lived its lifespan.
A metal roof can last as many as 40 to 70 years. When you compare that to asphalt roofs that have roughly a lifespan of 12-20 years, that makes its longevity as much as two to three times greater.
Cons of Metal Roofing:
Metal roofs are more expensive than other types of roofing materials upfront. Although, when you add up the energy costs and the long-term viability they provide, you will more than pay for the money you invest.
Expansion and Contraction
When metal roofing material is attached to the panels underneath, they tend to both expand and contract due to weather conditions. If not installed properly, that can, over time, lead to the material not being able to “breathe,” resulting in the panels loosening and causing damage.
Metal roofs tend to be noisy during heavy storms and hail. The way to override the additional noise, however, is to add insulation to buffer it. But that will add more cost to the roof installation. It’s important to note, some homeowners LOVE the sound of rain hitting the metal roof.
If you do require a roof repair or if you add on to your house, then it might be hard to match the existing color.
A metal roof offers a vast number of advantages over other types of roofing materials. Although a more costly option upfront, the money you save in energy, repairs and longevity certainly pay for itself. If you are in the market for a metal or shingle roof, contact Powell Roofing today for a free estimate. We specialize in all things roofing.