A Metal Roof: Why Consider One?

Posted on: 14 May 2018

If it's finally time that you consider replacing the roof structure on your current home, the options are almost endless. Metal may not be one of the first materials you consider, but the more you're able to learn about this material, the more suitable it can soon become. Why would you ever select metal?

Metal Lasts Longer with Less Maintenance

One major reason that a steel or other metal roof is desirable is its longevity. Metal can last much longer than other materials; if you want to replace the roof and never need to touch it again, your best bet is metal because it is unlikely to be as affected as other materials by the elements.  Metal will not curl, tear or rot the way wood can. Therefore, you won't ever have to go searching for shingles or replacing sections of roof that has rotted away. If you live in an area with hail, unlike other materials, you won't have to worry about damage done to your roof after hailstorm events. Because the metal is typically applied in sheets, you also are less likely to need to be concerned with leaks, holes and other minor problems.

Metal is More Quickly Installed

Whether you select standard metal or custom-designed colored metal, the sheets that will be delivered to your house can be easily installed. This is in stark comparison to vinyl and wood, which will typically take longer to put on the home because more hammering and piecing together must be done.

Metal is More Easily Recycled

Contrary to what many people believe, not all wood makes for good recycling material. If the lumber used for an old roof was pressure-treated or chemically-treated, it may be unfit for other purposes. Steel or other metals, on the other hand, can almost always be recycled for other purposes. In fact, the metal you use for the new roof has likely already been recycled for such use in part or in full.

Metal May Save Money

Depending on what you select in terms of roof appearance and type, metal can be more resistant to the sun, which means that in summer, you can keep more of your money in your pocket.

Your roofer can explain further how steel and other metals could be smart for your own house. Consider every option and you might find that metal makes the most sense for your structure.