If you've been shopping for a new roof recently, you've likely heard about the new types of metal roofing. These roofs are not only durable, but offer a number of other advantages. However, a metal roof is not right for every homeowner and every building. It's important to weigh the pros and cons of this type of roofing (or any type) before you invest your money.
Advantages of a metal roof
1. Durability. While the average lifespan of an asphalt shingle room varies between 20 and 30 years, a properly-installed metal roof can last for up to 50 years. A metal roof is likely the last room you'll ever have to buy.
2. Aesthetics. A metal roof gives your home a crisp, clean, uniform look, making your home look inviting to visitors and boosting your curb appeal when it comes time to put your home on the market.
3. Fire-resistant. Unlike wood and asphalt shingles, metal roofing is fire resistant. Not only will this help minimize damage to your home in the event of a fire, but it will give your family extra time to get out of a burning building. Because of its fire-resistant properties, some insurance companies give discounts to homeowners with metal roofs.
4. Bug and water-resistant. Wood shingles can be a haven for bugs like termites and ants, giving them an entry point into your home. Wood and asphalt also absorb water, which can lead to cracked and warped shingles, even leaks. Metal roofing is impervious to both bugs and water.
5. Versatile. Metal roofing is available in a rainbow of colors, from traditional black and gray to more vibrant yellow, red and green. This type of roofing adapts well to most any architectural style.
Disadvantages to metal roofing
1. Higher initial cost. Although a metal roof will last considerably longer than an asphalt shingle room, the initial cost is significantly higher.
2. Noisy during storm. Another potential disadvantage to a metal roof is the noise when hail stones or rain hit the surface. If you live in an area that's prone to storms, this could be a nuisance.
3. Denting. Metal roofs can be damaged by hail stones, basketballs or even gently-falling tree limbs.
While a metal roof is attractive and long-lasting, this type of roofing isn't the right choice for every home. Take a minute to look at the advantages and disadvantages of this type of roofing before you go shopping. For more pros and cons, contact a company like Lask Roofing and Siding Inc.