Have you ever considered a metal roof for your home? There is a lot to consider.
We install metal roofs – steel, aluminum, copper, etc. often and they can be quite lovely. There are many benefits to them, but as with anything, there are also drawbacks. If you’re thinking about a metal topper for your home, here is a quick list of a few pros & cons to consider before making your decision:
Here is a collection of 60 metal roofs worth checking out: http://photos.hgtv.com/photos/metal-roof-
Metal Roof PROS:
- Durability: Some metal roofs are guaranteed up to 50 years. Some are guaranteed for the life of your home. They are resistant to critters, rot, fire and wind, making them an attractive option for longevity.
- Quicker, Easier Install: The lightweight material and large sections or panels make it quicker and easier to install than other materials. And metal can be installed over existing material if needed, so there is little wait time.
- Better Home Insurance Rates: Okay, check with your agent on this one, but we do know that full metal roofs carry a Class A fire rating, the best there is. Better ratings could get you a better insurance rate! And who doesn’t think that’s a good idea? Be careful though: some metal roofs are installed over combustible material and would carry a lower rating.
- Save Energy. Repel Snow: Metal roofs reflect heat from the sun, which could reduce the need to run your AC all summer. And rain (or in the winter, snow) slides right off the roof and does not accumulate.
CONTRACTOR TIP: Be Careful if you ever have the need to walk on the roof. To quote one of my favorite 90s albums, it can be very slippery when wet!
Metal Roof CONS:
- Cost: A metal roof is an investment. Metal roofs can cost up to 4 times what normal roofs cost. If you’re planning to be in your home for a long time, you will get a return on your investment. If not, you might want to save this option for your forever home.
- Noise: If listening to rhythm of the falling rain (or hail!) from your living room on a regular basis, is not on your bucket list, you might refrain from a metal roof. If you are set on the metal, though, installing onto plywood is an option to help reduce the noise.
- Denting & Scratching: Metal roofs are prone to denting (aluminum and copper more so than steel). And painted metal roofs can scratch or tear.
- Remodeling Challenge: Looking to add on to your home 10 years down the road? We will help! Think about this though: the large panels can be hard to replace or even match.
CONTRACTOR TIP: If you’re concerned about lightning (contrary to popular belief, metal roofs pose no additional danger), have your roof grounded by a reputable lightning company! To ground or not to ground, that is the question! Read this: http://www.ehow.com/way_5721573_do-ground-metal-roofs_.html
There really is a lot to consider when thinking about a metal roof. Do your research and you’ll make the best decision for you and your home and your family. And if you get stuck, contact us, we’d be glad to help!