Depending on your needs, metal roofing can be an exceptional way to add value to your home or business while protecting it from the elements. It’s important to consider all of the pros and cons of any decision, whether you’re buying a new car or choosing a type of roofing material. To help you make the right choice, we’ve put together this list of benefits and disadvantages to think about when deciding whether metal roofing is right for you.
Metal roofs are durable and can last for decades, depending on how well you take care of them. They’re also fire-resistant, which means they won’t be damaged if a house fire starts or natural disaster hits your area. While it’s true that other types of roofing materials have their own advantages, metal is one of few that will still look good after years in use. It doesn’t need to be painted or re-coated with sealant like many other types of material—in fact, it resists corrosion and rust so well that most homeowners and business owners never have to worry about re-roofing at all!
Saving on your electric bill is one of many benefits of installing a metal roof. Metal roofs are highly reflective, meaning they reflect heat and light away from your home or business. This keeps you cooler in summer and warmer in winter, saving you money on air conditioning and heating costs. Additionally, metal roofs can last up to 50 years or more with little to no maintenance required, which means it’s not only an energy-efficient material but also a long-term financial investment.
Metal roofing costs more up front compared to traditional shingle roofing, but it can save you money in the long run. A typical shingle roof will need to be replaced every 15 years compared to every 50 years or so with metal roofing. The cost of repairs is also much lower for metal roofs, which means that your insurance premiums may even go down. In addition, a properly installed metal roof will increase your home or business's value and you can boost the asking price when you are ready to sell.
Metal roofs are much less maintenance-intensive than asphalt. There’s no need to reseal every few years and you don’t have to worry about snow and ice accumulation, as with traditional roofs. In fact, there’s hardly any maintenance at all (other than cleaning). That said, you should still clean your metal roof periodically to protect it from rust. For all metal roofing maintenance, Gluth Brothers has you covered.
Metal roofs are available in a variety of styles, including standing seam, corrugated steel and a few other variants. While corrugated is cheaper and offers more flex, standing seam has become an increasingly popular choice because it’s sturdy and aesthetically pleasing. At Gluth Brothers Roofing, we have a full-equipped sheet metal fabrication shop for all custom work.
The average service life of most metal roofs is around 50 years. Since warranties vary by manufacturer and product line, your roofing estimator will go over those options with you. If you’re looking for a roof that will last for generations, consider a metal roof. While they’re not cheap up front, they do have an excellent return on investment over time—and they won’t need to be replaced again any time soon.