When it comes to roofing services, homeowners and businesses have a variety of options. Black Ridge Construction understands the importance of using quality materials and providing expert installation services so we are touching on the pros and cons of metal roofing for our potential customers. One of the most durable and long-lasting choices is metal roofing. But like any other roofing material, metal roofing has its pros and cons. In this article, we’ll delve into the advantages and disadvantages of metal roofing installation, backed by industry statistics and insights from GAF, a leading roofing manufacturer.

The Pros of Metal Roofing

Longevity and Durability

One of the most significant advantages of metal roofing is its longevity. According to a report by RoofingCalc, metal roofs are proven to last two to three times longer than asphalt, boasting a lifespan of 50 to 60 years for higher-end Kynar 500 coated metal. This durability makes metal roofing a worthwhile investment for many homeowners and businesses.

Increasing Popularity

Metal roofing’s popularity has been on the rise. According to industry statistics published in 2017, the market share for metal roofing increased at a rate of roughly three percent each year (The Spruce). This trend indicates a growing recognition of the benefits of metal roofing among consumers.

Here are some key advantages of metal roofs:

  • Longevity: Metal roofs can last 40-70 years, depending on the material. Traditional asphalt roofing materials have an estimated life expectancy of roughly 12-20 years.
  • Durability: Some metal roofs can sustain wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour, will not corrode or crack, and may be impact-resistant (depending on which product you choose). In addition, metal roofs don’t need the periodic costly maintenance that other roofing materials often require.
  • Safety: Metal roofs will not spark and ignite into flames during a wildfire or lightning strike.
  • Energy Efficiency: Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, which can reduce cooling costs by 10-25%.
  • Environmentally Friendly: Metal roofs not only have 25-95% recycled content, depending on the material used, but are also 100% recyclable at the end of their life as a roof. In contrast, most shingle tear-off waste ends up as part of the building-related waste stream — up to 20 billion pounds per year.
  • Variety of Styles: Metal roofs come in a wide array of colors, finishes, and designs, offering a lot of flexibility in terms of aesthetics.
  • Performance in Weather Conditions: Metal roofs can perform better under extreme weather conditions compared to other materials.

The Cons of Metal Roofing

While metal roofing offers many benefits, it also comes with a higher price tag. Metal roofs can be as much as two or three times more expensive than other roofing materials (State Farm). However, considering the longevity and durability of metal roofs, many homeowners find this cost to be a worthwhile investment.

Here are some potential cons of metal roofs:

  • Cost: Metal roofs can be significantly more expensive upfront than other types of roofing materials.
  • Noise: During a heavy rain or hailstorm, a metal roof can be noisier than other roofing materials.
  • Denting: Although metal roofs are very durable, they can dent if hit by a heavy object, such as a large hailstone or a fallen tree branch.
  • Expansion & Contraction: Metal roofs can expand and contract with extreme temperature changes. If they are not properly installed with fasteners that allow the metal to “breathe,” the panels may loosen.
  • Inconsistency of Color Match: If a repair is required or a home extension is added years later, it may be difficult to find an exact color match to the existing metal roof.
  • Performance: If water accumulates anywhere on the roof because of poor-quality installation or repair, it can eventually cause serious damage. Low-grade metals may also be thinner and less durable, sometimes leading to rust and damage over time.
  • Difficulty in Installing: The process of installing metal roofs is complex and requires specific knowledge, skills, and tools. Incorrect installation can lead to issues like leaks, loose panels, and more.

Insights from GAF

GAF offers a range of metal roofing products, including their Metal Roof Primer, which is a single-component, premium-quality, exterior, acrylic latex primer that is blister and stain-resistant, and permanently flexible. GAF also highlights the benefits of metal roof restoration over replacement in a blog post, stating that coating systems such as GAF’s HydroStop PremiumCoat Roof System provide a weather-tight seal on existing metal roofs, protecting and extending their lifespan.

When considering roofing services, it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons of each option. Metal roofing, while more expensive initially, offers durability and longevity that can make it a cost-effective choice in the long run. As a GAF certified roofer, Black Ridge Construction is equipped to provide expert advice and installation services for those considering metal roofing. Whether you’re a homeowner or a business, we’re here to help you make the best decision for your roofing needs.

FAQs: The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing Installation: An In-Depth Look

  1. Q: What are the primary advantages of metal roofing compared to other materials?
    A: Metal roofing is durable, often lasting 40-70 years, and provides excellent resistance against wind, fire, and impacts. It reflects sunlight, which can lower cooling costs, and many panels come with recycled content, making it an eco-friendly choice.
  2. Q: Are there any aesthetic limitations with metal roofing?
    A: Metal roofing is available in a variety of styles and colors, including designs that mimic traditional shingles, tiles, or shakes. However, some homeowners might still prefer the texture and appearance of traditional roofing materials like wood or slate.
  3. Q: How does the cost of metal roofing compare to other options?
    A: Metal roofing typically has a higher upfront cost than asphalt shingles but can be more cost-effective over time due to its longevity and reduced maintenance needs. The initial investment may be offset by long-term savings in energy bills and repairs.
  4. Q: What are some common concerns with metal roofing installation?
    A: Noise during heavy rain or hail can be a concern, but proper insulation can mitigate this issue. Additionally, the installation requires specialized tools and expertise, which can add to labor costs. Some metals may also be susceptible to denting or corrosion.
  5. Q: Is metal roofing suitable for all climates and roof types?
    A: Metal roofing performs well in a variety of climates, providing excellent protection against extreme weather conditions like heavy snow, wind, and sun. However, it’s essential to choose the right metal and finish to prevent corrosion in coastal or highly humid areas. Additionally, metal roofing is suitable for most roof slopes but may not be ideal for extremely flat roofs without proper drainage.