Pros and Cons Of Metal Roofing

When homeowners are in the market for a new roof, they may be overwhelmed by the many options of roofing materials available. Depending on their needs, homeowners may be interested in considering a metal roofing system. A Monmouth County roofing contractor can assist with determining whether a metal roof fits the homeowner’s needs and budget.

One of the biggest advantages to installing a metal roof is the material’s longevity and durability. Depending on the type of metal the roof is made out of, the lifespan of the roof may be as long as 70 years. An asphalt roof may potentially last up to only 20 years if it is well-maintained. Additionally, metal roofs are extremely durable against strong winds and other extreme weather while still being far lighter than roofs made from other types of materials.

A second major advantage that many homeowners enjoy is the cost savings. This is because metal roofs, particularly light-colored metal roofs, are considered to be cool roofs. They reflect the sunlight back into the atmosphere while asphalt roofs soak up a lot of the sun’s rays. Ultimately, this means that it takes less energy for homeowners to keep their house comfortable during the warmer weather. Metal roofs may be made from recycled materials, and many can be recycled at the end of their lives, making them eco-friendly.

However, as with most roofing materials, there are certain downsides to installing a metal roof. One of the biggest drawbacks for many homeowners is the cost. A metal roof can cost up to three times as much as a traditional asphalt roof. As such, this may not be the best option for homeowners who do not intend to remain in the home long term. Second, if the metal roof becomes damaged, matching the new portion of metal roofing to the existing metal roof can be difficult.

Another major disadvantage is that, during rainstorms, metal roofs can be noisy. In some cases, a professional roofer can add insulation in the attic spaces. It should be noted, however, that this can increase the cost of the roofing system. Finally, it is imperative that metal roofs be properly installed. If they are not installed correctly or if they are installed in such a way that water accumulates, the metal and the roof structure could become damaged.

Choosing a new roof for a home is a big decision. Before homeowners become set on a decision, it is recommended that they discuss their options with a professional roofing expert. Have a question regarding new gutters or roof repairs? Ask a roofing professional from Fortified Roofing of Monmouth County NJ.

Common roofing term explained by Fortified Roofing of Monmouth County NJ:

Cool Roofs

A cool roof is one made out of a material that reflects sunlight and heat. This reduces the roof’s temperature and the amount of heat that enters a home, lowering the amount of electricity needed to cool the home.

Monmouth County roofing FAQ:

How long does it take to install a metal roof?

The installation time depends on several factors, including the size of the roof, the roof’s slope and the prep work involved before the new roof can be put in place. Depending on these factors, it could take professionals from one to several days to complete the installation. However, metal roofs can be installed more quickly than roofs made of traditional asphalt shingles.

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