- Strength and durability: Most metal roofs come with a manufacturer’s warranty that exceeds 50 years of coverage, as metal has a longer lifespan than most other roofing materials. Many products offer industry-best ratings for wind resistance (up to 130 mph), impact resistance (Class 4) and fire resistance (Class A).
- Attractiveness: Today’s broad array of diverse colors and designs offer options for almost any desired roof style, including detailed replications of traditional slate, tile, and wood shake roofs.
- Minimal maintenance: Unlike other roofing materials, which can break, crumble, and discolor over time without ongoing—often costly—maintenance, most metal installations call for little upkeep.
- Energy efficiency & sustainability: Modern coatings and paint systems not only offer greater aesthetics; they also allow for cool roof colors that reflect solar heat and keep a home more comfortable during hotter months. Additionally, metal roofing products are often manufactured with a portion of recycled materials and can typically be recycled once removed.
- Lightweight: Metal roofing products are lighter in weight than other high-end roofing materials like slate and clay which often require a structural assessment prior to installation.
- Initial Installed Cost: While they are not nearly as costly as wood shakes, high-end tile, or slate, metal roofs do have a higher up-front cost compared to most asphalt shingles. However, a metal roof does offer a longer lifespan. So, if you’re wondering whether it’s cheaper to get a metal roof or traditional shingles, you may want to consider the long view.
- Lengthier install period: Some metal roofing systems are complex to install. The higher-end systems can take twice as long for a skilled contractor to install than a similarly sized asphalt roof. However, the installation times of these high-end metal roofs are comparable to sophisticated roof types like wood shake and slate.
- Proximity to salt water: Metal is not immune to the corrosive effects of salt water and salt fog. If you are considering installing a metal roof on a home near seawater or brackish water, check the manufacturer’s warranty and be sure that you are following the warranty specifications. A common recommendation is that metal roofing is not used within 1500 feet of saltwater, and most warranties will specify a distance that is safe.
- Limited availability of contractors: There are noticeably fewer installers who are skilled at installing metal roofing than those who install the more common asphalt shingles. Also, finding an experienced metal roofing contractor will make or break an installation, especially since nearly all potential metal roofing problems stem from installer error. Luckily, here at Noah’s Ark Roofing and Sheet Metal, we specialize in both metal and asphalt shingles. So we are here to help and guide you in the right direction as to what will benefit you, your style, and your budget.