Metal Roofs: The Good and the Bad

If the time has come to have a new roof installed on your house, the odds are good that you stumbled upon this guide while doing research. While asphalt shingles remain the most popular roofing choice among American homeowners, today’s market is also rife with a variety of other options. Since you chose to open this article, it’s safe to assume that you’re considering a metal roof for your residence.

Rest assured that you are in good company! More and more residential customers have begun purchasing metal roofing in recent years. There are many great reasons to consider metal for your next roof. You’ll learn about these benefits, as well as some key downsides, as you read the remainder of this article. By the time you reach the end, you should have a good idea of whether or not metal roofing is genuinely the right choice for your upcoming project.

Benefit: Metal roofs last a long time

One of the main things that sways most homeowners toward metal roofs is their longevity. The majority of these roofs come with 30- to 50-year manufacturer’s warranties. This is an incredibly long amount of time, particularly when you consider that asphalt shingles tend to top out at 20-year warranties.

Furthermore, metal roofs are nearly indestructible, often withstanding high winds and severe hurricane-force coastal Carolina storms. You might have to have your metal roof repaired periodically, but it is highly unlikely it will ever need to be replaced entirely for as long as you live in your home.

Downside: Metal roofs can be costly initially

The upfront costs of metal roofing materials usually run between $200 and $900 per “square”; in roofing terms, a “square” is 100 square feet of roof space. Asphalt shingles can cost ten times less than this in certain cases. It does bear noting, however, that metal roofs last significantly longer than shingle ones. Additionally, many manufacturers and contractors offer financing options that aid homeowners who need to pay off their new roofs over time.

Benefit: Metal roofs conserve energy

This upside to metal roofs is especially pertinent to homeowners throughout North Carolina and South Carolina where the springs and summers tend to be long and hot. Metal roofs reflect sunlight, rather than absorb it, which is great news for your utility bills. During the summertime, this will keep your home cooler, lowering your cooling bills, which will help make up some of the original cost of your roofing materials.

Downside: Metal roofs can sustain dents

Before we delve into this point, it’s important to note that the odds of passersby noticing dents on your home’s metal roof are very slim, unless they are huge and prominently placed dear the roofline. That said, it is important for you to be aware of the fact that hail, fallen branches, and other debris can cause dents to appear in metal roofing. If this is going to bother you, you may want to choose another roofing material.

All in all, metal roofs are an excellent, durable option for homeowners throughout the Carolinas. If you are ready to commit to a metal roof, contact the Hatch Homes team for more information about installation. Our experts are experienced installers who will do the job right the first time. We look forward to working with you soon!

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