Metal Roofing – Pros and Cons

September 1, 2022 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When deciding to put a new roof on your home, there is a myriad of materials available to choose from. Included in those options is a metal roof that offers unparalleled longevity, improved energy efficiency, and little to no maintenance. Material options for a metal roof include steel, copper, aluminum, zinc, tin, and copper. Additionally, metal roofing can be purchased in a variety of colors and styles to look like slate, tile, shingles, and coated panels. Keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of a metal roof. 

Benefits Offered by Metal Roofing

Generally speaking, a metal roof can last anywhere from 40 to 70 years, depending on the material and the climate where it was installed. When compared with asphalt roofs, which usually last no longer than 20 years, this represents a significantly improved lifespan. Additionally, when installed correctly, metal roofs are built to withstand wind gusts exceeding 120 MPH and are designed to avoid corrosion, and may be impact-resistant depending on the type purchased.

Metal roofs are ideal for families or those in a wildfire alley because they cannot spark or ignite during a wildfire, lightning strike, or home fire. Not only are metal roofs made from recycled content, but they are also 100% recyclable at the end of their 40 to 70-year lifespan, whereas asphalt signals end up in landfills to the tune of 20 billion pounds per year. 

Cons of Metal Roofs

The upfront cost to install metal roofs can be two or three times as expensive as asphalt or other roofing materials. If you plan to remain in your home for 40 to 70 years or want the peace of mind that comes with having a fire-resistant roof, it is worth the cost. Metal roofs are also noisy during heavy rain, hail, and wind storms. Metal roofs are installed as large panels that expand and contract with changes in temperature, and with time the neoprene washers and screws used to establish the panels may loosen and require replacement. Finally, if your metal roof is not installed correctly, water can accumulate in certain areas and require extensive repair.

At Buhrt Builders Inc in Syracuse, Indiana, we are your local home builder and remodeling company of choice. Since opening our doors in 1947, we’ve earned a stellar reputation for competitive pricing, excellent customer service, and quality work that you’ll love. Whether you are looking to install a metal roof, redo your kitchen, or build a house from scratch, we want to be your first phone call. 


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