Whether you are looking to hire a Virginia Beach roofing company to repair or replace your existing roof, there are various materials available for you to choose from. For some, having a metal roof is an attractive option not only because of its clean look, but because of its longevity, minimal maintenance requirements, and energy efficiency traits. When you choose to have a metal roof installed, there are different materials to choose from: tin, zinc, aluminum, copper, or galvanized steel. One thing to keep in mind is that it is important to ensure that the material that you select is tested and labeled by UL, FM Global or its equivalent. It is also advised that you check with your local building department for any code requirements.

As with any other roofing material available, there are pros and cons to having a metal roof installed. We’ll discuss the pros and cons here:

Pros:

  • Longevity: Most metal roofs can last anywhere from 40-70 years, depending on the material. This is double the life-span of asphalt shingles, which only average 12-20 years.
  • Durability: Depending on the roof, some metal roofs can withstand wind gust upwards of 140 miles per hour. Metal roofs will not crack or corrode over time and can be impact-resistant, depending on the type of material you choose. Additionally, while metal roofs don’t require costly maintenance that other types of roofs do, they should still be inspected periodically to ensure that no repairs are needed.
  • Safety: Metal roofs will not spark or catch on fire like other types of roofing materials.
  • Energy Efficiency: Metal roofing materials work effectively at reflecting solar heat, which in turn can cut cooling costs by as much as 10-25%!
  • Environmentally Friendly: At the end of their lifespan, metal roofing material are 100% recyclable, which makes them environmentally friendly. In comparison, most asphalt shingles end up contributing to the 20 billion pounds of construction waste every year.

Cons:

  • Price: Metal roofs can cost anywhere from double to triple that of asphalt roofs. While the upfront cost is exponentially higher, it only makes sense to invest the money in a metal roof if you plan on staying in your home for a long period of time, long enough to reap the benefits of your investment.
  • Noise: During a heavy rain or hailstorm, a metal roof can be much louder than other types of roofs. To offset the noise, you can add more insulation during the initial insulation, but that will increase your initial investment.
  • Expansion and Contraction: Large metal panels that are attached, tend to expand and contract with the temperature. If they are not installed properly, using fasteners that allow for the metal to “breath”, the panels may loosen over time.
  • Inability to Accurately Color Match: If a repair is required to the roof, finding the exact match to the existing metal can prove to be difficult.
  • Performance: If water accumulates on the roof due to a poor insulation or repair, it can lead to serious problems and damage. Low-grade materials will also be thinner and less durable. Depending on the climate, certain types of metals may even begin to rust over time. Some materials are also more susceptible to dents and dings from hailstorms.

If you believe that a metal roof is right for your home, contact you local Virginia Beach roofing company today!