Pros Vs Cons of Metal Roofs

Pros Vs Cons of Metal RoofsOur team provides roofing assistance to clients across our service area and that includes residential and commercial roof replacement. We handle roof maintenance, inspection and repairs and we are committed to delivering the best solutions in roofing as required. One of the materials that we are commonly asked about is metal roofing and our experience installing it. If you are considering a metal roof for your business or for your home it’s important to consider the benefits and drawbacks to installing one. Here are the pros v.s. cons of metal roofs.


Improved Life Expectancy

A properly installed metal roof can add value to your home as metal roofs offer a longer life span than most other roofing materials. Installing a metal roof can be an excellent solution for improving the value of your home by giving your roofing system extra resiliency. Warranties vary but most of these products can last between 20 to 50 years. Paint finishes on metal roofing systems typically have at least a 30-year limited warranty as well.

Better Weight Distribution

Compared to heavy materials such as concrete, metal roofing is one of the most lightweight roofing materials that provide the same durability. Most metal roofing materials can vary between 50 to 150 pounds per square foot that are installed.  Because the material is extremely lightweight you can reduce the overall load that is placed on the structure or supporting building. This could allow you to expand your home or business for additions and more. Metal roofing materials can also be applied over many of the other roofing materials that you might have already installed. This can reduce the overall amount of time spent on your roofing job.

Fast Installation

Metal roofing systems often come in shingle sections that range from 36 inches wide down to 12 inches wide. By having a larger shingle size which is also extremely lightweight, you can make sure that you have access to roofing materials that can be easily installed. An accomplished contractor can quickly strip off areas of your roof or install these systems to seal in your roof. This can lead to considerable cost savings with installation and make sure that the risk can be installed quickly.

Improved Fire Resistance

Metal roofing materials are non-combustible. If you are interested in having some of the most durable roofing materials which can be highly resistant to fire, these are systems that can benefit your home or business.

Heat Conduction

Metal roofing can also reflect radiant heat from the sun which can minimize the amount of heat that makes its way into your business. Installing metal roofing can be a huge improvement for your air conditioner and it can assist with improving energy efficiency throughout your home. Installing rigid foam insulation can maximize the value of heat conduction here as well.

Maximum Water Drainage

With metal roofing materials in place and the proper coatings, your roofing systems can become virtually impervious to rain or snow. The way that these panels interlock can make the service is extremely slippery and aid with reducing water pooling or problems with drainage through your roof.




Metal roofing systems can often become quite noisy when it rains. Installing structural barriers or sound deadening insulation can be an excellent way that you can reduce the amount of noise that makes its way into the interior of your home.


Hailstones, golf balls and even falling branches can cause dance in your roofing. If you have tall trees near your roof or you are in an area where your roof could regularly be hit or dented, you may want to reconsider metal roofing systems.

The Cost

The overall cost of the metal roof is one of the largest drawbacks. Metal roofing materials often come at a premium ranging from $150-$600 per square feet. The added cost is often well worth it for the longevity and the savings on seasonal maintenance, but the upfront cost can often be enough for many people to avoid metal roofing.

If you have any other questions about metal roofing systems contact Old Time Roofing today.