Metal Roof Basics: What You Should Know Before You Buy

When it comes to residential roofing, one of the things that many homeowners don't consider is metal roofing. Whether they associate metal roofing with commercial buildings or they're just worried about the noise factor, many homeowners dismiss metal roofing in favor of more traditional options. However, metal roofing can be a great investment for residential roofing. Here's a look at a few things that your roofing contractor wants you to know about metal roofing and your home.

Cost Versus Lifespan

One of the first things that many roofing contractors stress with metal roofing is that, although the initial investment is higher than many other roofing materials, that's because the lifespan is typically longer. Metal roofing holds up to hazards that asphalt shingles and similar types of roofing just can't. 

Impact damage that shatters tile roofing won't destroy metal roofing. Wind damage that strips away asphalt shingles won't rip off metal roofing. That damage resistance means you'll pay less in repairs and replacement later, which nets you an equivalent or better return on your roofing investment.

Weight Factors

Another thing that many homeowners question is the weight of metal roofing. They think of metal as something heavy, so they worry about adding a heavy roofing material to their home. The truth is that metal roofing is lightweight, and often can weigh less on your home than a full asphalt shingle roof. That means that you don't need to worry about excess weight when you install a metal roof.

Noise Concerns

If you've ever been in a metal building that wasn't insulated, or been around a metal water tower in the rain, you know that metal can make some noise when rain falls on it. That's another common reason why homeowners dismiss metal roofing. Many homeowners worry about the level of noise that they would deal with during rainstorms.

Modern metal roofing systems are installed with adequate insulation that prevents noise transfer into the house. You won't notice any more noise with your metal roof than you might with any other type of roofing because the insulation acts as a noise barrier.

The roofing you choose for your home is an important consideration. You'll want to balance the lifespan with your budget and ensure that you understand all of the facts. Consider these points before you dismiss metal as a viable option. Then, talk with a residential roofing contractor about your options.