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Metal Roofing

The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

The Oregon Roof Guys are pleased to announce that we now specialize in metal roofing. If you’re considering buying a metal roof for your home, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons and compare it to other roofing material options.

Pros

Longevity

Metal roofs are mostly made of coated steel, copper, aluminum, or stainless steel. Depending on your choice of material, metal roofs can last anywhere from 35 to 70 years — which is considerably longer than an asphalt roof’s 12-18 year lifespan.

Durability

Today’s standing-seam metal roofs are proven to deliver weathertight performance for decades. Roof panels are held together by roof clips that allow for flexibility and expansion caused by daily and seasonal temperature changes.

Metal roofs are particularly efficient in handling rain and snowfall because of their smooth, low-friction surface.

A metal roof is also fire-resistant and therefore makes a great option for homes with a chimney or stovepipes that might produce sparks.  

Energy Efficiency

A metal roof reflects the sun’s heat which means a lower air-conditioning bill in the summer. An insulated metal roof is also energy efficient when you consider the fact that half of a building’s energy includes the heated or cooled air that is lost through the roof. Metal roofs are also made from recycled materials and can be recycled when replaced.

Easy Installation

Most metal roofs come in sections of large panels that a professional roofing contractor can install quickly. Metal roofs are also lightweight, with most running from 45 to 150 pounds per 100 square feet, meaning you won’t have to worry about putting stress on the infrastructure of your home.

Improve Property Value

A metal roofing system can add value to your home because of their proven longevity, durability, and energy efficiency.

Cons

Up-Front Cost

The initial cost to purchase a metal roof is much more spendy than your average asphalt roof. However, the longevity of a metal roof means that over time you can save money because you won’t need to replace your roof for around 50+ years (depending on the material).

Noise

There’s no denying that rain on a metal roof is considerably noisier than on an asphalt roof. While some might enjoy the sound of the rain, others can find it extremely annoying, particularly in a heavy rainstorm or hailstorm. Noise can be reduced by installing a layer of insulation, adding a finished drywall ceiling, or fastening your roof.

Maintenance

While fairly low-maintenance, some painted metal roofs can peel, fade, chip or scratch, although most are guaranteed for 30 years. Panels must be treated with care and roofing contractors must be careful not to dent or scratch them during installation. A minimum amount of walking on a metal roof is recommended to avoid denting or damaging it.

Lightning Isn’t As Big A Concern As You’d Expect

Lightning strikes are a common and understandable concern for those considering a metal roof. It is important to know that, although metal can be an electrical conductor, metal roofs do not attract lightning and are not struck any more frequently than other roofing materials.

Lightning is attracted to high points, thin points, and structures that cover a large area of ground. The likelihood of lightning striking your home depends entirely on its height and size and not the material of your roof.  

If you’re interested in having a metal roof installed, contact the Oregon Roof Guys for a quote!