Pros & Cons of Metal Roofing

If you are looking for a new roof, have you considered metal roofing material?  Before committing to this material, it is important to consult with a metal roofing company and discuss the pros and cons. Here are reasons to consider a metal roof for your residential or commercial building.

Benefits of a Metal Roof

  • Long Life. One of the top reasons to purchase a metal roof is longevity. With proper care, a metal roof can last up to 50 years without worries. Metal keeps water from penetrating, withstands high winds and resists mold and deterioration.
  • Ease of Installation. Since this type of roof comes in large sections, it is simple for metal roofing contractors to install. In Florida where severe storms frequently strike, it is important to get the job done quickly so that damage does not occur. Metal roofing materials are lightweight and it is possible to use a smaller support structure during installation.
  • Energy Efficiency. Metal reflects the sun’s radiant heat, so it does not soak into the residential or commercial building. Therefore, metal roofing lowers the need to blast the air conditioning on hot days, which means utility bills will be less expensive. To further heighten efficiency, many metal roofing system systems include space between the metal and the roof deck.
  • Heightened Safety. Unlike other roofing materials, metal resists burning. During a wildfire or a lightning storm, it will not ignite into flames, which heightens the safety of a building.

Drawbacks of a Metal Roof

  • Expansion and Contraction. Metal roofs consist of large panels that expand and contract with time. If the metal roof is poorly installed with incorrect fasteners, the panels may become loose.  Choosing  a contractor with experience installing metal roofs is a must.
  • Noise. During rain or a hailstorm, a house with a metal roof will be noisier than one with asphalt shingles or clay tile. However, it is possible to use more insulation for dampening purposes.
  • Color Match Difficulty. Down the road, it may be necessary to make repairs to a metal roof. When this occurs, it may be difficult to find panels that match the roof’s existing color. The same problem may occur when adding an extension as well.
  • High Cost. The biggest disadvantage of a metal roof is the expense. Typically, this type of material may cost double the price of shingles or other roofing options. The lifespan of a metal roof is longer than other roof types, but you need to determine if it makes sense to invest in a metal roof.  If you plan on remaining in your home for many years, then maybe the answer is yes.

We hope this list has helped you consider the pros and cons of metal roof installation. It’s important to understand the benefits and drawbacks this roofing material brings. In Florida, metal roofs are popular and work well with the high temperatures and humidity. If you think installing a meta roof is right for your home or commercial property, consult with the experts at Mid Florida Roofing.  Call us at 407-830-8554 or fill out our online form and one of our sales engineers will provide a detailed and personalized quote for a metal roof.

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