Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing in Residential Neighborhoods

People that are building a new home are faced with a lot of decisions to make regarding what they want in their homes. One of the most expensive, yet crucial, decisions is what type of roofing in the home will be installed. There are a variety of different options such as asphalt shingles, tile roofing, or metal roofing, but before making the best decision for you and your home, it is helpful to understand the good and bad aspects of each type. Here is a closer look at the pros and cons of having metal residential roofing.

Pro - Last "Forever"

Metal roofing in a residential setting is the best option if you are looking for something that can withstand harsh weather conditions and last you essentially forever. These roofs are able to last upwards of 20–30 years and could quite possibly be the last roof you install on your home. Residential roofing in most neighborhoods is done with asphalt shingles, but those with metal roofs find that they are much more durable than the other options on the market. 

Con - Can Be Dented

Due to the material used, these roofs have been known to dent when in a hail storm. If you live close to tall trees, a metal roof might not be the best option for you as it can be dented easily by falling branches. Depending on the type of metal used, you might be in a situation where you cannot even place a foot on the roof without denting it. Talk to your roofing contractors to help decide if metal roofing is the right fit for you, especially when considering your geographical location and the type of weather you frequently experience.

Pro - Energy-Efficient

One of the biggest reasons people are drawn to metal roofs is the energy-efficient qualities it possesses. These roofs are able to reflect the damaging UV rays from the sun and can actually help keep your home much cooler in the hot summer months. Asphalt shingles absorb the heat and make it harder for your air conditioning system to work. When looking for ways to be environmentally friendly, people often choose a metal roof to install solar panels as well.

Con - Cost

As with most roofing materials, metal roofs are going to cost you a decent amount of money, and tend to be on the more expensive side. The main reason the residential roofing in the metal category has a higher price tag is that it lasts twice, sometimes three times as long as other roofing materials. 

Learn more about your options by contacting roofing contractors.