metal roof

A metal roof, properly installed, can last many years.

There’s plenty to choose from when it comes to roofing. As you consider roof repairs or replacement, you may want do think about installing a metal roof.

That’s because a metal roof has distinct advantages. But there are also drawbacks to a metal roof. Here are a few things to consider when you’re deciding what kind of roofing material you want to use and whether a metal roof is right for you.

Durability

When properly installed, metal is one of the more durable roofing materials. “A properly installed metal roof typically will last as long as the house, with an expected lifespan of 40 to 70 years and, often, a 30- to 50-year manufacturer’s warranty to boot. (By contrast, traditional asphalt roofing typically lasts 12 to 20 years.),” according to Bob Vila’s website.

Bob Vila points out that metal roofs can withstand the elements, including wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour. That’s a real advantage, to be sure.

Noise

This issue is definitely in the ear of the beholder. For some, the sound of rain on a metal roof is soothing. For others, it’s maddening.

Either way, the noise can be controlled to some extant by sound-deadening insulation and solid plywood, according to HomeTips.

Energy efficiency

Though metal roofs are more expensive than asphalt shingles, some of that cost can be recouped through their increased energy efficiency.

According to Bob Vila, “Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat instead of absorbing it, which—yearround, but especially during the long days of summer—can reduce cooling costs by as much as 25 percent, according to the Metal Roofing Alliance. Furthermore, some metal roofing comes coated with special reflective pigments to minimize heat gain, keeping occupants comfortable without having to crank up the air conditioner.”

One among several options

While metal has advantages, you may choose another option such as slate, tile, or asphalt shingles, and any of those options can prove perfectly satisfactory. One important thing to remember is that the contractor you choose needs to have the expertise to make whatever material you choose work for you.

David Bange Roofing specializes in both residential and commercial roofing, and works with flat, metal, slate and concrete tile roofs. We use materials from top manufacturers.