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The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

If you're building your own home, you may be wondering what roofing material to choose. Metal roofs are popular, but what are the advantages and disadvantages? Read on for a helpful overview.

Metal roofs – the advantages

Metal roofing is very long-lasting and is very resistant to damage by insect pests and rot.

Properly installed metal roofing seals your home against the heaviest of downpours and will stay put in high winds, when shingle roofs are easily damaged.

Most metal roofing comes in panels or multiple-shingle sections, making it quick and easy for an experienced contractor to install, saving you money on labour. If you're doing the job yourself, you'll find the materials lightweight and easy to handle.

Metal roofing is a good choice if you live up in the mountains where snow is a regular occurrence. The roofing panels are fitted over thick foam insulation, keeping your home warm while encouraging snow to melt quickly, relieving the weight on the roof.

In hot climates where there's a risk of fire during the summer, metal roofs offer greater safety for your home than wooden shingles, because they are non-combustible. Metal roofing can help to keep your home cool on hot days, as it reflects the sun's radiant heat.

Metal roofs – the disadvantages

Metal roofing can work out more expensive than other materials, although you should save on maintenance costs and the roof will probably never need replacement.

If you crave peace and quiet, metal roofing might not be for you, as it can be noisy during rain or hail storms. It is possible to remedy this by having sound-deadening insulation fitted. In addition, windblown objects and very severe hail can dent the metal sheets.

Metal expands and contracts with the temperature. Although your roof will be secured with metal fasteners, these can still come loose, and on very hot days your roof may take on a temporary wavy effect.

If part of your roof does need replacement, you will have to replace the whole panel, rather than just one shingle, which can be expensive.

Although lightning doesn't generally strike metal roofs, you should protect your home by having lightning protection measures applied by a professional company so that your metal roof is safely grounded.

In conclusion

Overall, metal roofs have many advantages over other forms of roofing material. Consider the overview above, and then have a chat with your local building contractor for more advice before making a final decision.

About Me

Who Pays for Adjoining Fences?

Hi, my name is Mark, welcome to my blog! As a new home owner, I’m learning a lot about the responsibilities of owning a property. Recently, my neighbour popped around and told me he wanted to put up a new fence between our gardens. My first reaction was that he should just go for it, but then he told me that I had to share the costs as we share responsibility for the fence. Before I agreed to the work (and to pay for it), I did some research and talked to a guy I know who works for a fencing contractor. I learned a lot about shared responsibility and rights with adjoining fences, so I started this blog to pass on what I’ve learned to other people who might be faced with a fencing project with a neighbour for the first time.


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