Pros:

  • Durability: Metal roofs do no deteriorate when exposed to weather and sunlight over time like asphalt shingles do. In the lifespan of one metal roof, asphalt shingles need to be replaced 3 times.
  • Appearance: Metal roofs now come in a wide range of colors, styles, finishes, and textures to match any homes exterior. They also can be shaped to resemble any roof material like asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, or even tile.
  • Sustainability: Asphalt shingles are a petroleum product and actually increase the dependency on fossil fuels, whereas metal roofing does not. New metal roofing materials are usually manufactured with 30- 95% recycled metal, steel, aluminum, or copper.
  • Environmentally Friendly: When a metal roof reaches the end of its life it can becompletely recycled again. In contrast, 20 billion pounds of old asphalt shingles are sent to U.S. landfills yearly. Metal roofs offer a greener option for home owners as they also provide an excellent platform for photovoltaic systems, solar panels, or rainwater harvesting for reuse/ irrigation.

  • Energy Efficiency: Metal roofs are capable of saving your home up to 40% in air conditioning costs. They also provide excellent insulation during the winter. A basic, unpainted metal roof will reflect more solar radiation than an asphalt roof. If you are unaware, an asphalt roof actually absorbs and holds heat. A pre-painted or granular coated metal roof can help keep your home cool by not only reflecting solar energy, but also by emitting solar energy rather than allowing it to radiate heat into the attic.
  • Low Maintenance: Metal roofs naturally repel moss and algae. In order to keep your metal roof in top shape, you just need to keep it free of debris and have it inspected annually for minor maintenance.
  • Resale Value: A home with a new metal roof can gain on average 6% more in resale value over homes with an asphalt shingle roof.

Cons:

  • Costs: They can be on the pricey side when compared to the cost per square inch ofasphalt shingle roofs. While the initial investment is a lot, most homeowners recoup the cost difference over time by not having to replace the roof for ~50 years, as well as reduced energy use, insurance discounts, reduced maintenance costs, and increased resale value.
  • Denting: Metal roofs can be dented by falling branches or large hailstones. Most dents can be kept hidden by a distressed or textured metal roof. Also keeping trees pruned back from the roof will reduce the chance of a limb falling and causing damage
  • Noise: if not properly insulated, then a metal roof can be very noisy. This is also true for asphalt roofs without properly insulated attic spaces. With the adequate attic space, and proper insulation, a metal roof is generally no louder than the other roof types.

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