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Should You Get a Metal Roof? Pros And Cons

If you’re a homeowner, you know about the importance of your roof. It acts as a shield against the sun’s heat, insulates the home, and protects from the elements. It’s an integral part of your home. And in normal circumstances, your roof should be inspected once or twice a year, at least.

But what if you need a roof replacement? When they fail that inspection?

Well, there are several options that you can choose from, with several benefits, and drawbacks. One of the best options for quality roofing, if you have the structural support to handle it, is a metal roof.

Metal roofs are proven to last over 30 years with very minimal maintenance. One of their best features. They’re a good choice for an initial roof replacement, as you don’t have to worry about them for some time after.

You would have to ask your local roofing company if they offer or have metal roofs, but they’re growing in popularity, so it’s quite likely.

Now, some of the benefits of a metal roof are that they’re a Class A fire resistant roof, as they’re basically non-combustible. Now, if they’re applied over a surface that is combustible, then that rating can drop, but typically they’re still better than your average roofing material.

The roofing is also perfect for heat reduction. Metal reflects radiant heat from the sun, which lowers daytime heat gain. This means you save energy needed for air conditioning during the day, as you don’t need to cool as much. This is a very large benefit.

They also shed snow and rain with ease, due to their hard and slippery surface.

There are, of course, drawbacks to getting a metal roof. Cost being the biggest one.

The initial cost is a bit pricey compared to other roofing styles, but you save money in the long run with how long they last and the little upkeep required. That means that you get more benefits in the long term.

Noise is another drawback. Rain or hail hitting the roof may be a nice sound to some, but if that roof is metal, its going to be loud, and noisy. That could be a game-changer if you play on getting a roof replacement, and are considering metal.

Denting is another issue. A metal roof can dent if large hailstones fall on it. Aluminum and copper, much softer than steel, are more prone to denting, and so should be considered with care. Some roof types and materials are guaranteed not to dent, however.

Those are some pros and cons of a metal roof. There are more, of course, and it is recommended that if you’re considering roof replacement, you consider all your options, and talk to your local roofing company. They’ll be able to help you make a more educated choice.

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