Atlanta Metal Roofing Installation
Metal roofing has a number of great benefits, but is it for everyone? This article will examine the pros and cons of metal roofing, along with some situations in which it may not be the best choice of roofing material. Hopefully reading through it will help you decide on the most appropriate roofing material for your home.
The benefits of metal roofing are many, wide, and varied, and can be applied in a range of situations. Here are some of the most important pros to list:
- Good in all weather– Hot or cold, stormy or clear skies, metal roofs will keep you safe, dry, and comfortable. Light colored roofs reflect the sun while dark colored ones absorb its heat. They shed snow and ice, are impervious to hail and other bad weather, and are fireproof to stop the spread of flames. There are few weather situations I can think of in which I wouldn’t want a metal roof over my head!
- Longevity – A warranty period of 60+ years and expected lifespan longer than your own just cannot be beat, especially not in this price point. It’s true what they say- the first metal roof you buy will be your last, because it will last you forever!
- Minimal roof pitch required – because of its strong seal, metal roofs can be installed on roofs with a pitch of as little as 3 in 12 without risk of leaking, much less than standard shingle roofs. This gives you more flexibility with the design of your home.
- Weight – At an average weight of 50 to 150 pounds per square, metal roofing is a lightweight material choice, especially when compared to ceramic tile or concrete roofing which can commonly weigh 750 or 90 pounds per square, respectively. This means you won’t have to worry about installing extra structural supports for your roof, and you may be able to get away with installing metal roofing over top of existing roofing, depending on its type and other factors.
All that said, there are a few drawbacks to metal roofing that make it not the optimal choice for everyone in every situation. Let’s take a look at them here:
- Cost – While the cost breakdown is certainly worth it over the exceptionally long life of the roof, if you can’t afford it, you just can’t afford it. If you’re in a position where you need a new roof immediately and can only afford the absolute rock-bottom cheapest option, metal roofing is not for you.
- Limited access – Though you won’t have much cause to walk on a roof that doesn’t leak, some occasions that call for it are bound to come up sooner or later. Some, but not all, types of metal roofs are fragile enough that they are not designed to support the weight of a human body without denting. As you can imagine, metal roofs will also be very slippery when wet and may become dangerous to walk on.
- Fading – Some types of painted or coated metal roofs may exhibit signs of peeling, marring, or fading in color after the initial 30 year warranty is up on the coating. At the same time, this occurs after a period of time in which you could have gone through two or three asphalt shingled roofs.