Many people tend to think of metal roofing as a thing of the past, now restricted to use on sheds and outbuildings alone. This, however, is not at all the case. Metal roofing can offer both a classic and a modern appearance and comes in a wide variety of colors. Odds are there are metal roofs in your neighborhood that you have simply overlooked as they don’t stand out too much from the other materials next door.
If you are putting a roof on a newly constructed home or making a major overhaul on your existing roof, metal roofing is a good option to consider. If you are doing a major remodel, metal roofing materials may even be your easiest option. A metal roof can often be installed directly over top of an existing roof without the need for tearing off the old wood or asphalt material.
Benefits of Metal Roofing
Metal roofs offer impressive longevity, with lifespans of forty to seventy years depending on the exact material in question. This is more than twice the expected lifespan of more common asphalt roofing materials. They are also quite durable, withstanding high winds and pounding rain.
Metal roofing materials are also not susceptible to rot, pests, or mildew like many other roofing materials. High-quality metal roofs will not crack or rust, and may even withstand some significant impact. They rarely require repairs and keep a shiny appearance for quite a long time, making them an excellent aesthetic and practical investment.
For homeowners in areas of high fire risk, metal offers a non-flammable roofing option that can help put worried minds at ease. Another benefit to those in hot areas is the energy efficiency provided, with metal roofing reflecting the heat of the sun’s rays, reducing the cost of air conditioning.
For cold weather areas, particularly snow country, metal roofs in dark colors can be an excellent option. They are lightweight and fire resistant in summer, and their dark hue will warm in the sun and help melt the snow that has accumulated.
They are also excellent for the environmentally minded, with most metal roofs made of a high percentage of recycled materials and all metal roofs being fully recyclable at the end of their lifespan. Metal roofs are also amenable to a wide range of roof pitches, not requiring a steep incline to keep water off of the house. A pitch as low as three inches per foot is plenty for most metal roofing materials.
Drawbacks of Metal Roofing
Despite their many accolades, metal roofs do have some drawbacks. One of the first major concerns for many homeowners considering metal roofing is the upfront cost of materials and installation. Metal roofs can cost twice or even three times as expensive as other, more traditional roofing materials, though their pricing does tend to be on par with other premium materials. On average, metal roofing costs somewhere between $150 and $600 per 100 square feet.
The cost of a metal roof does add up, especially if you have a large roof space, but this higher cost is generously overcome by the impressively long lifespan of the material. Metal roofing is well worth the investment if you are planning to live in your house for some time to come, relishing the benefits of longevity. If you are planning to move out of your home within the next few years, you are unlikely to see a return on investment and metal roofing may not be the most financially sound choice for your home.
Another of metal roofing’s major drawbacks is its level of noise. During a rainstorm or hailstorm, it can stir up quite the cacophony. The noise level can be taken care of by adding extra insulation during the installation of the roof, but this can add to the initial cost of the roof, which is often already fairly high. Some metal roofs made of softer materials tend to be susceptible to denting, just as a car might be. Heavy hailstorms are the only significant threat to a metal roof in this way.
Metal roofing panels also expand and contract during different weather patterns and temperatures. If the panels have not been properly installed in a way that allows the metal to expand and contract without damage, they may see loosening which can lead to leaks and subsequent repairs. If repairs are required, it can be difficult to find an exact color match, as metal tends to be a fairly variable material in its appearance. Lower quality metals also tend to rust or crack, so you will want to be careful about who you work with and the materials that you use throughout the process.
The Bottom Line
If you choose to install metal roofing, you are sure to be pleased with the material’s beautiful appearance and remarkable longevity. With metal roofing, you are able to choose from a variety of metal materials, including copper, zinc, tin, and galvanized steel. Each of these materials has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and our team here at Calgary Roofing is more than glad to discuss them with you.
All of the materials that we work with, whatever they may be, are of the highest quality and have been tested and labeled by quality assurance agencies such as UL and FM Global. Throughout the building process, we make sure to coordinate with local building departments and adhere to all codes and regulations in the area. With us, you will never need to worry about the legality and safety of your new roof.
Siding in Calgary has many years of experience installing metal roofing and we are always careful in our installation. With us, you can rest assured that your metal roof will last as it is meant to and that a beautiful new metal roof will be well worth your financial investment. Pick up the phone and give us a call if you have any questions about metal roofing or roofing in general. We are always happy to chat!