The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

Posted on: 22 December 2015


When it comes to commercial roofing systems, metal roofs are among the many material options to choose from. While metal roofing materials have a wide range of benefits, there are also some drawbacks to be aware of. Before you have a new roof installed, consider these pros and cons.

Pro: It is durable

One of the biggest advantages of having a metal roof installed on your commercial building is the fact that it is extremely durable. There are many outside conditions that a metal roof can handle without too much damage, including heavy winds, snowstorms and rainstorms. Even some natural disasters won't phase metal roofs if they are high-grade. The durability further adds to the longevity of the roof.

Con: The costs are high

While you might save money in the long run due to the fact that the roof lasts a long time with very little damage, they can be more expensive to have installed. Some metal materials cost more than others, so it is a good idea to shop around and decide which material works best for your budget. Also consider how much a contractor is going to charge to install the metal roof in comparison with other roofing systems.

Pro: They can handle heat

Not only can metal roofing materials handle heavy winds and rain, but it can also handle heat. They are great at resisting damage from the sun's UV rays. While some metal roofs do cause the structure inside to be a little warmer due to the heat, you can get an additional layer of roof underlayment to prevent this. What you want is dead air space between the roof structure and the metal components. Metal can also handle fire, which not only protects the roof, but your commercial building.

Con: Metal roofs can dent

It is true that metal can handle a lot of sources of damage, but dents are unfortunately one type of damage it might not evade. Many metal materials can still dent if there is an especially large hail stone or a heavy object, such as a baseball or golf ball that hits it. The softer metals, such as aluminum, are more susceptible to this type of damage. If you go for a harder metal like steel, you might not have as big of a risk.

Pro: They are more eco-friendly

In terms of earth-friendly materials, metal is one of the best to use since it can be recycled. Not only can you choose metal roofing materials that have already been recycled, but if you ever pull off metal shingles or tiles, those materials can be recycled once again. It helps to lower the carbon footprint for your business and help reduce precious natural resources from being used.