Metal Roofing Pros And Cons

Metal roofing is commonly used for commercial buildings, but it is becoming increasingly popular for residential homes. The roofing has several advantages that make it a better choice for some homes. If you are considering a metal roof, here are some advantages and disadvantages to consider. 


Depending on the type of roofing material used, the old roofing might have to be removed before the installation of new roofing. However, metal roofing is usually installed over an old roof without issue. As a result, the cost of removing the old roofing is avoided, and in some instances, the installation time for the roofing is trimmed down. 

Some roofing materials must be installed during certain periods of the year. Winter conditions can impact the quality. Metal roofing differs though. It can be installed in the winter without issue. 

Metal roofing is available in a wide range of styles. For instance, there are metal roofing shingles that are designed to mimic the appearance of other roofing materials, such as cedar shake and slate. It is even available in different colors, including red, gold, and green. Regardless of your home's overall style, it is likely that you can find a metal roofing shingle that meshes with it. 

With proper installation, metal roofing can last a considerable amount of time. How long it lasts depends on the type of metal that is used. Most metal roofing typically lasts up to 50 years. However, some metal roofing has extended beyond that. 


Although there are some advantages to a metal roof, there are some drawbacks. For instance, the price of the roofing can be more than other materials. On the upside, metal roofing has a long lifespan and is considered to be energy efficient. The cost of the roofing is often offset by the amount saved on energy costs and replacing the roof. 

Unfortunately, metal roofing can be noisy during rainstorms. The sound of rain hitting it can be disturbing. However, the contractor can minimize the noise by adding barriers between the roofing and your home. 

If you opt for large panels of metal roofing as opposed to smaller shingles, making repairs or changes can be challenging. To avoid those challenges, ensure the contractor is relying on shingles. 

Consult with your roof installation contractor to learn what other pros and cons of metal roofing you need to consider before installing the material (or having it installed by a professional).