the pros and cons of metal roofing

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Are you considering investing in a metal roof? Metal roofing has come a long way, but it comes with a few distinct pros and cons versus a shingle or shake roofing system.


Durability: While asphalt shingles last 12-20 years, metal roofing can last anywhere from 40 to 70 years, depending on the quality of the metal.

Fire Resistance: Metal roofs won’t go up in flames if they are hit by lightning or are exposed to a wildfire.

Environmental Impact: Many metal roofing systems are made from a high percentage of recycled metals and non-petroleum based materials.

Energy Efficiency: Metal roofs reflect UV radiation to prevent heat from entering your attic, which may lower your overall cooling costs.

Maintenance: If the metal used on the roof is high quality and installed properly it may never need maintenance, only occasional inspection.


Weight: Though it’s counter-intuitive, metal roofing is much lighter than asphalt shingle systems and therefore puts less strain on buildings.


Cost: Metal roofs are significantly more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles, though the longer lifespan and lower maintenance costs can offset that.

Color: Metal roofs may not need repair, but if yours does decades after it was installed, it may be a challenge to match the color exactly.

Looks: Not everyone appreciates the look of a metal roof, and the look can vary dramatically depending on the manufacturer.

Cracking: Metal roofing expands and contracts with the seasons. If the metal panels are too large, this expansion can crack the color-coating.

Novelty: Most home buyers aren’t familiar with metal roofs and may not want to purchase a house with one, even if they understand the benefits.

Noise: Metal roofing may be loud when struck by rain or hail. Although insulation can reduce this problem, it will increase your costs.

By: Kelly Roofing –