Your home is a place of shelter from the elements and wild animals, and the roof is a key piece of that. Whether it’s primarily for safety or to enhance the beauty and value of your home, a metal roof can make a big impact. Z Roofing and Waterproofing is the leading Miami metal roofing company, having installed thousands of roofs in the last 20 years. Below are some of the advantages and disadvantages of metal roofing.
Advantages of Metal Roofing
- It lasts a long time. A metal roof can last 50 years or more, depending on the specific material you choose (copper, aluminum, steel, etc.), compared to a shingle roof which only lasts an average of 15 years.
- It’s really strong. It’s important to use a durable roofing material, especially in a location like Miami, where hurricanes seemingly come through all the time. Metal roofing can handle winds well over 100 mph, so it’s a solid investment as long as you can handle the large up-front cost of such high quality material.
- It’s safe. Metal roofs offer amazing protection against the elements. They’re not going to catch fire, and nothing is getting into the house through the roof. Things bounce and deflect off this material constantly.
- It’s cooler. Sunlight is reflected by the roofing material. Since the heat is not absorbed, cooling costs decrease, saving you money!
- It’s saving the environment. Metal roofing materials are made primarily of recycled materials, which means you’re saving the environment by choosing it over a different material. Shingle for example simply creates trash when it falls off because it can’t be recycled.
Disadvantages of Metal Roofing
- It’s not cheap. Metal roofs are expensive. Expect to pay $15 or more for any type of metal roofing material you choose to install. If you want professional installation (which is highly recommended due to the weight), expect to pay even more.
- It’s loud. Imagine a hail storm with a metal roof. “Tink, tink, tink” – that’s all you’ll hear for as long as the storm lasts. You can certainly add insulation to kill some of the noise, but the roof is going to be loud any time it rains or anything hits it because of how hard the surface is.
- It requires professional installation. The average homeowner will not install a metal roof correctly because of the amount of complex work involved. Metal roofing requires special panels and joints to allow expansion and contraction with temperature. If those elements are not installed correctly, the metal slabs may not stay in place; this would subject your roof to damage and could lead to costly repairs.
- It changes color as it ages. Your roof will look awesome for years, but the color will change as time goes on. If you need to make a repair at some point down the road, it may be difficult to find the same color; it’s very hard to simulate weathering of metal in a factory.
- It may rust (depending on the material). Choosing the wrong type of metal for your home’s roof can lead to rusting, which will require costly repairs and can cause leaks that damage the home’s walls, ceilings, and floors.
- It may dent. Don’t choose aluminum for your roof if you’re worried about denting because it’s a soft metal. If a branch or a limb hits it, there will be a dent and water can start to pool.
Overall, the benefits of metal roofing outweigh it’s problems, but it’s an expensive investment. If you’re considering installation a metal roof, call Miami’s top contractors at Z Roofing. We’re happy to answer all your questions and help you weight the options available to you.