Those who have had a roof on their home for around 20 years will realize it is time for a new roof and may wish to consider metal roofing. Like most major purchases, it is a wise decision to research metal roofing materials and consider the pros and cons of metal versus other roofing materials like tile, wood and asphalt shingles. Here is some brief information on the pros and cons of metal roofing to include aluminum, steel and other metals.
Metal is durable and made to last. If you select a metal roof and take the necessary steps to maintain it properly, the roof will last as long as the home and make it through the harshest of Australian weather. Metal is also naturally resistant to mildew, fire, insects and of course, rot.
Metal roofing is noncombustible and has a high resistant fire rating. Metal can be installed over wood shingles, so this may change the fire rating. You can expect warranties to vary by company, but on average, a metal roof is good for anywhere between 20 to 50 years. The paint has a much more limited warranty, around 30 years.
Metal roofing is light compared to other roofing options. In terms of weight, metal roofing runs around 15 kg per square meter compared to 113 kg per square meter for concrete. Metal can often go on top of an existing roofing material without any demolition necessary.
Metal is easy to install and is energy efficient. Metal comes in panels of approximately one meter, making metal easy to install. Metal does not absorb heat well, so it is great during the hot months of the year. This means cheaper energy bills.
For all of its great qualities, metal roofing does have its drawbacks. They include:
Metal is not cheap. Prices can range from $450.00 to $1,200.00 per meter. This is a large initial investment, but it is one that will pay off in reduced energy costs and metal’s durability.
Metal roofing can be difficult to navigate if it becomes necessary to walk on it for some reason. Cleaning debris from a roof or rescuing a cat can be a daunting task, especially if you are acrophobic.
Metal dents easily. Those with a large number of trees around the home may have dents in the roof over time. Aluminum and copper roofing dents much easier than steel because the two are softer metals.
Regardless of the pros and cons, you will need to make the ultimate decision for your home. The home’s style, neighborhood and area are all factors to take into account. There are those for whom metal is an ideal choice, while others may be better served with another roofing material.
If you’re still undecided on this, call the experts at Roof Restoration and Repairs. We’d be glad to offer an in-depth explanation and some advice regarding your roof options. We can even customise solutions based on your specific needs. We’ve been around for decades offering our services such as roof restoration, roof repair and roof cleaning of metal roofing, colorbond roofing, ceramic roof tiles and more.