When you want durable, one the best roofing options available for installation or replacement is a metal roof. These roofs work great for both commercial and residential roofs. They require little maintenance and can last a lifetime.
Is a metal roof better than a shingle roof?
One of the chief reasons people install metal roofs is durability. Metal roofs will last anywhere from 50 to 70 years or more and can withstand the assaults of weather and time much more effectively than traditional shingle roofs. Most shingle roofs last about 20 to 30 years before they need replacement and age and weather can require quite a bit of upkeep.
Here is a brief list of metal roofing benefits:
- Longevity: Metal roofing lasts for decades, anywhere between 50 to 70 years.
- Durability: Metal roofing resists rust and corrosion and holds up to weather extremes
- Safety: Fire resistance makes metal roofing very appealing.
- Environmentally friendly: Metal is 100% recyclable.
- Energy efficient: They reflect heat well and cool roofing designs release and hold in heat depending on the temperature.
Below are some comparisons between the two materials.
Metal roof vs. shingles
Many people will argue that shingle roofs generally cost less than metal roofs. Generally this is true. While initial costs are greater, you’ll save in the long term because of the metal roof’s longevity. For example, while a single-story shingle roof might cost less than $10,000, and a metal roof might cost closer to $20,000 to install, over 60-year period you may replace the shingle roof two or three times before you need to replace the metal one.
Metal roofs are also highly fire resistant. It’s non-combustible and most get Class A fire ratings, the highest you can get for fire resistance. A metal roof also holds up against extreme weather, such as high heat and low temperatures as well as strong winds, hail and ice.
Energy efficiency gives metal roofs another advantage over shingles. Not only do metal roofs reflect sunlight efficiently, some can be specifically designed as cool roofing, which releases heat in high temperatures and retains it in colder temperatures.
With metal roofs, your can cut them to mimic other roofing systems like shingles or even tiles and you can get metal roofs in a variety of colors to fit the design of your home or building.
Depending on location and other risks, some insurers offer lower premiums on homeowners insurance because of the greater protection metal roofs offer against fire and weather damage.
Because of their low maintenance, metal roofs are less prone needing repairs from common issues like leaks. Leaks are a serious problem, however, whether they are caused by roof damage or you need water line repair from plumbing damage. Make sure to repair leaks as soon as you can to avoid problems like mold or rotting.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a metal roof?
While metal roofing offers distinct advantages like durability and low maintenance, there are also disadvantages to them. Initial installation costs, for instance, may outweigh the long-term advantages metal roofs can offer. With some metal roofs, you may have problems with noise when there are heavy rains or hail, as well.
If your metal roofing is improperly installed the metal may be prone to expanding and contracting, causing the panels to loosen over time. Though metal roofing comes in a variety of colors, you may have difficulty matching colors of your roof needs repair or replacement.
Poor metal roofing installation can cause problems all around. If your roof is poorly installed, you may begin to see problems with standing water that could eventually cause serious problems like leaks.
Do metal roofs interfere with cell phone reception?
Cell phone reception can be affected by metal roofs, not because of the metal roofing material itself. What metal roofs can do is amplify problems with cell phone reception that already exist. If there are problems from a nearby utility tower, for instance, metal roofing could shield the signals and keep them from getting through to your phone.
This kind of interference is not uncommon with other kinds of roofing material as well, including wood and even asphalt. Any thick material can cause problems with reception.
Do metal roofs attract lightning?
Because metal conducts electricity, people become concerned that metal roofing attracts lightning. This is not true. As with any roofing material, should lightning strike the roof, the electricity will be transferred to the ground. Additionally, a lightning strike against a metal roof is less likely to cause a fire because of metal’s fire resistance.
With any roofing system, lightning will be attracted to high points on the roof and larger structures.
Can metal roof be painted?
Yes. Metal roofs can be painted. You’ll want to choose a high-quality paint when painting a metal roof so it will last a long time. Before you paint your roof, you may want to check the warranty. Some warranties are voided if the roof is painted.
Do metal roofs fade?
Over time the paint on metal roofs can fade. How long it takes depends on the type of paint used and the quality of the paint job. If your metal roofing is painted with cheaper organic pigments, they will not last as long as inorganic pigments or even ceramic pigments, which are some of the most durable on the market.
Metal roof too shiny
Metal roofs can create a glare some find distracting or unsightly. If the shine is troublesome, you can sand the finish without harming the metal. Painting is also an option, but as above, you should check your warranty first, and make sure to use high-quality paints.
Metal roofing solutions
Metal roofing can be a durable, cost-effective roofing solution for your home or business. Allstate Roofing, LLC is the leader in metal roofing in Cincinnati, OH and offers a wide variety of metal roofing options. See what we can do for you by calling 513-342-8544.