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What Are the Disadvantages of a Metal Roof?

7 Things to Know About Metal Roofs
Read Time: 3.5 Minutes | Apr 3, 2018
 

What Are the Disadvantages of a Metal Roof?

7 Things to Know About Metal Roofs
Read Time: 3.5 Minutes | Apr 3, 2018
What Are the Disadvantages of a Metal Roof?

Metal roofing is a go-to for Florida homeowners because of its durability and low maintenance. But metal roofs aren’t perfect (even though we’d say they’re pretty close to it). As a homeowner, you want to ensure you know what you’re in for when it comes to the upkeep and drawbacks of roofing material you have installed on your home. Disadvantages you’ll need to consider are:

  • If the roofing is a higher cost than other options
  • How repairs will look
  • If the installation can be butchered by hiring inexperienced contractors
  • If the roof will be noisier than other options
  • How easily the roof is dented and damaged
  • If the roof can not be grounded or otherwise attracts lightning strikes
  • If the roof type is more susceptible to leaking than other roofing materials

1. Higher Cost

Metal roofing tends to cost a premium. This is largely due to its durability and low maintenance. While you may be spending more upfront, in the long-run you’re actually paying the same (if not less) than you would for other roofing types.

If you are using your home as an investment property or plan to live in the home for years to come, investing in a metal roofing is a financially savvy move. But, if you’re ready to high-tail it out of your home within the next few years it may be best to go with a cheaper roofing option like shingles. You can use the equation below to decide which roofing material is the better option for your needs:

A Metal roof = $18,000 x 1 (60 year lifespan) = $18,000 lifetime cost
A Shingle roof = $9,000 x 3 (three 20-year lifespans) = $27,000 lifetime cost

2. Difficult to Get Color Match During Repairs

Green metal roofing
As your metal roof ages, it is very likely to fade in color. Because of the way metal roofs are installed in large segments, any significant repair work can require a new panel of metal being placed. In a case like this, it can be difficult to find the exact match in color even if you select the same color as was originally installed on your roof.

This can be aggravating for those who want uniformity. But it is worth noting that all roofs will face some level of fading and repair work as the roof grows older may be more obvious.

3. Installation Errors If Not Installed by a Professional

Most problems with metal roofing can be followed back to improper installation. As with any roof, a license and skilled professional roofing contractor should be the one to conduct the installation. But this is especially pertinent with a metal roof where an installation error can cause many future complications.

It can also be hard to find experienced roofing contractors who specialized in metal roofing. Roofing contractors are far easier to find for shingle installation. But if you settle and go with shingle roofing you’ll find the lifespan of the roof to be much shorter and the maintenance to be much more involved.

4. Noisiness

Rain falling off roof
This is actually a misconception about metal roofs, but it tends to lead people to other roofing materials for fear of constant noise (especially in a rainy state like Florida). There are structural barriers that can be installed to minimize any drumming effect caused by rain on a metal roof.

Without any structural barriers to deaden the sound, a metal roof might have a more distinctly obvious sound during rainstorms. But, for many, this gentle tapping is quaint and homey.

5. Denting and Marring

Depending on the type of metal used for your roof, denting can be a problem in areas where hailstorms are common. Copper and aluminum roofing are particularly susceptible to dent. If you’re worried about denting or marring to your roof, consult with your roofing contractor. You may find the metal roofing being installed is guaranteed to not dent.

Damage (denting or marring) can also be caused during installation or repairs where roof access is required. Walking on the roof should be kept to an absolute minimum to avoid any potential cosmetic damage to the structure.

6. Lightning

Lightning at night
People commonly assume because metal is a good conductor of electricity your metal roof is more likely to cause your home to be struck. This isn’t the case, however. Lightning will generally strike trees and other tall objects located near metal roofs rather than the roof itself.

If you’re worried about your metal roof causes your home to be struck, you can contact a lightning protection company to have your roof grounded. This can help to give you the peace-of-mind you need to enjoy the many benefits of metal roofing.

7. Leaking

If your metal roof is installed by a professional, experienced roofing contractor you have nothing to worry about when it comes to leaking. An experienced roofer will know not to leave exposed fasteners and other mistakes that can otherwise cause leaking.

While leaking can be common among metal roofs that have been improperly installed, this is the case for any roofing type installed by a contractor who is inexperienced.
Metal roof by Hippo Roofing

Having Your Metal Roof Installed

If you’re looking to have a high-quality metal roofing installed by a professional, highly-rated local roofing company, Hippo Roofing can help you. Our metal DefenderRoof™ is the same price as shingles. (Contact us for details and estimates. Warranty information provided upon request.)

Hippo Roofs come with free:

  • Wind mitigation report
  • Annual roof inspection
  • Annual maintenance
  • Stainless steel roof fasteners
  • Screw grip deck fasteners
  • Solar ventilation
  • Woodwork

Contact us to get started with the roofing installation process.

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