The Pros and Cons of Metal RoofsApril 12, 2019 3:44 pm
The type of material your roof is made of contributes directly to its efficacy. Being one of the most important aspects of your home’s protection from the outdoors, it is important to choose the right kind of roof for your Savannah home. There are many different types of roofing materials currently on the market, and it can be difficult to determine which one to install on your home. You may wish to go with the tried and true method of asphalt shingles or clay roofing tiles. But there is also something else to consider – a metal roof. While relatively new to the market, metal roofs have increasingly becoming the roofing material of choice for many homeowners. Here are some of the pros and cons of installing a metal roof on your home.
The best part of a metal roof is its durability and longevity. A metal roof can often outlast the home it is installed on, having a lifespan of about 40 – 70 years, with many companies offering a 30 – 50 year warranty for their work. Not only will they not have to be replaced as often as asphalt roofs – which boast a longevity of 20 years, at the most, metal roofs are more durable than other roofing materials. Severe weather is common in Savannah, and it is not unheard of for hurricane-strength winds to batter the city. Some metal roofs can withstand winds of up to 200 mph, which can save your home during a severe storm.
Additionally, metal roofs are the greenest roofing material currently on the market. Not only can metal roofs be easily recycled if they are ever replaced, most roofs are made from recycled material to begin with. Our metal roofs are comprised of 95% recycled material. Metal roofs also act as a thermal barrier between your home and the outside world. We know that Savannah can get very hot during the summer – hot sun beating down on the roof, can maybe make you think that your home will be hotter because of the roofing material. However, this is not the case. Metal roofs actually reflect the heat and sunlight, instead of absorb it like asphalt shingles. By having a metal roof, you can reduce your energy costs associated with cooling your home by as much as 35%, greatly reducing your carbon footprint.
Finally, metal roofs require little-to-no maintenance. Apart from power-washing it if it gets dirty throughout the year, no additional maintenance needs to be performed. Shingles won’t crack and need to be replaced, nor will the roof warp and separate from the rest of the house. Metal roofs are built to expand and contract with weather changes.
The biggest con when it comes to metal roofing is the upfront cost. Metals roofs cost quite a bit more than other materials that are currently on the market. However, this cost pays for itself over time. Metal roofs offer an instant ROI of 85% – 90%, meaning your initial investment will pay off immediately. Furthermore, since the roof will most likely never have to be replaced while you live in the home, you will save money in the future on repair and replacement costs of the roof.
Another con is the roof is loud, and can potentially get dented in severe storms. While hail can be a concern, our roofs are guaranteed for up to 2.5”, and the average hailstone size in less than 1”. It can be a bit noisier than a traditional roof, but not to the extent that you are envisioning. A metal roof shouldn’t sound any louder in a rainstorm than a skylight or window being lashed with rain.
Whether you are ready to make your decision and install a metal roof on your home today, or you would just like to receive more information about the benefits of a metal roof, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are more than happy to share how choosing a metal roof will be the best decision you will make as a homeowner. You can reach us by filling out our easy online form or by calling us at (866) 809-6948 today!
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