If you’re in the market for a new roof for your home or business, you’ve probably heard something about steel roofing materials. You may not know much about it, however. Metal roofing is one of the latest trends in the industry, but how do you know if it’s right for you? Here are some benefits and drawbacks to consider before deciding whether to install metal on your residential or commercial property.
Benefits of a Metal Roof
Steel, aluminum and other metals used for roofing have a longer life than other types of materials. When properly installed, a metal roof can last as long as your building. Metal resists rot, mildew and insects.
It’s also lightweight. Most metal used for roofing weighs between 50 and 150 pounds per every 100 square feet.
Installation is easier than many types of traditional roofing materials. Some types of metal may be installed over existing roofs without requiring additional structural support. Many suppliers manufacture multiple shingle sections or wide panels that make quick work during installation.
Another outstanding characteristic is metal’s resistance to fire. Metal roof components are non-combustible; thus, many roofs will have a Class A fire rating. If metal is applied over shingles, however, the fire rating drops as the materials underneath could ignite in a fire.
One of the best characteristics of these roofs for the Minnesota climate is their ability to quickly shed not only rain, but also heavy snow. Metal also reflects radiant heat from the sun, which minimizes midday heat gain during hot summers. In addition to promoting energy efficiency, metal can also be recycled, so it’s a great choice for those concerned about the environment.
Metal Roof Drawbacks
The biggest negative for metal roofing is its initial cost. Metal is a premium roofing material, but what you pay for initially will be offset by maintenance and replacement savings over the life of the roof.
Noise is another drawback. During rainstorms or hailstorms, metal roofs can be extremely noisy. You’ll need a buffer layer to help dampen some of the sounds.
Metal is also prone to dents from hailstones and other hard objects, which can mar the beauty of the surface. These roofs can also be slippery, especially when wet, making it difficult for workers to repair or maintain them during inclement weather.
Oberg Roofing and Remodeling can recommend the right type of metal for your roofing needs. No matter whether your application is residential or commercial, we can provide you with a no-obligation consultation.