Pros and Cons of a Metal Roof

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Whether you are building a new construction roof or replacing an already existing roof, selecting what roof material you are going to use is important. There are many options to choose from. All have their pros and cons. One roof material that is building in popularity and offers lots of curb appeal and functionality is a metal roof. Here are a few pros and cons of a metal roof.

few pros and cons of a metal roof

Pros –

  • Longevity – An asphalt roof typically lasts 12-20 years. A metal roof can last 40-70 years. The long life of a metal roof will save you big money over the years because you won’t need to replace it as often.
  • Money saving – Not only will you save money because of the longevity of your metal roof, but you will also save money on energy costs. A metal roof can reduce cooling costs by 10-24% because metal reflects solar radiant heat. Also, metal roofing saves you on maintenance costs because it is resistant to corrosion and cracks. Some metals are even impact-resistant.
  • Security – You can rest a little easier knowing that your new metal roof is a safer option than an asphalt roof in a lightning storm or wildfire.
  • Wind resistant – No more replacing lost shingles due to high winds. A metal roof can resist wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour.
  • Environmentally friendly – A metal roof is partially made from recycled materials, and it can be recycled again at the end of its life.

Cons –

  • Noise – A metal roof can be noisier during heavy rains or hail. This may be a disadvantage for some, or an advantage for those who enjoy the sound of rain. If you are one who does not like the sound of rain, then additional insulation can be added to help reduce unwanted noises.
  • Cost – A metal roof does have a higher up-front cost than an asphalt roof. But the extended life, increased durability, and energy savings of your new metal roof will save you money in the long run.

Here at JW Services Inc. of NC, we know you will enjoy the many benefits of a metal roof. Give us a call today to learn more.