Metal roofing is one of the sturdier materials that you can make a roof out of. Due to this fact alone, it is a serious contender for the material that you want your roof to be made out of. However, like all other materials, it has its pros and cons, so we’ll be taking a look at those in depth so that you’ll know exactly what you’ll be getting.
Expected Life. We’ve mentioned that metal roofs are sturdy, so it should be no surprise that this comes first. When properly installed, a metal roof should be able to last as long as the house itself. It will survive harsh weather like high winds and snowfall. It will easily resist fires, mildew, insects, and rot, keeping your house safe under a layer of protection.
Weight. This may come as a surprise, as metal usually is heavy, but not compared to other roofing materials. Metal roofs can be several times lighter than other materials per square foot. You can even use less structural support due to this lighter weight, reducing the amount of space you need for a functioning roof.
Ease of Installation. When paired with the appropriate roofing contractor, metal roofs are easily installed due to their light weight and strength. Many roofing materials come in fairly large (12 to 36-inch) shingle sections, which is larger than other roofing tile shingles.
Heat Conductant. Metal reflects the radiant energy from the sun back out, minimizing the heat that occurs through the day. This can save you in the long run from lower electric bills.
Cost. For the many positives, it’s no surprise that metal roofs cost more than other roofing materials. On the plus side, if you plan to stay in your house for a very long time, you could save on seasonal maintenance due to the strength of the material, but the future is never certain so it can be difficult to tell.
Noise. When living under a metal roof, it’s much noisier than if you’re under a thick slate or tile, which can be a trouble for some. You can have additional materials to installed to act as barriers to minimize the drumming effect of something like rain or hail.
Expansion and Contraction. Metal expands and contracts as it warms and cools, often requiring you to add additional fasteners to ensure that roofing does not come loose.
Despite the cons, metal roofing can be an extremely good way to shield your house from the elements. For all your Vancouver roofing needs, look to Arbutus Roofing.