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The Pros and Cons of a Metal Roof

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BLOG-QR-metal-roofing-Jan2016You may have dismissed metal roofs as too commercial, too costly, or too heavy for your Austin-area home. You may feel comfortable replacing asphalt with asphalt, but metal roofs are worth a look. Here are some pleasing pros and claimed cons of metal roofs:

Pros of Metal Roofs

  • Metal roofs are environmentally friendly

    Metal reflects heat, lowering your home’s air conditioning bill and reducing energy consumption. Metal roofing usually has recycled content in it, and is itself recyclable. Metal roofing outlasts (by decades) asphalt shingles that cannot be recycled.

  • They’re tough

    Metal does not split, warp, rot, grow mold, curl in heat, or lose its waterproofing over time. Aluminum cannot rust.

  • They’re reliable

    Depending on the manufacturer, metal carries substantial material warranties that bring peace of mind. Asphalt shingles generally carry 20-year warranties.

  • Metal roofs are an investment

    A metal roof increases curb appeal and adds to resale value.

  • They’re fireproof

    Metal does not burn.

  • They’re beautiful

    Imagine seeing the same “brand-new” look 15 years from the day your new metal roof is installed.

Cons of Metal Roofs

  • They’re noisy

    Metal roofs are not noisy in the rain. Hail is loud no matter what type of roof you?re cowering under, but hail damages asphalt more than it damages metal roofs.

  • They’re heavy

    Lightweight aluminum roofing can actually be applied over existing shingles. Or, remove the shingles before replacement and lighten your home?s structural load.

  • They’re expensive

    Aluminum shingles or galvanized steel will be costlier than yet another round of asphalt shingles, but metal will outlast asphalt by at least two to one. Some metal roofs can last 100 years. So double or triple the cost of an asphalt roof to compare. Then decide if a metal roof is really a lot more.

  • They’re ugly

    If you visualize old corrugated aluminum from an abandoned shed, then yes, that metal roof is unattractive. Metal roofs today come in a wide range of styles and colors. Many people cannot tell the difference between a steel or aluminum roof and cedar shakes or premium slate.

The list of pros for metal roofs is much longer. For more help in evaluating metal roofs for your Austin-area home, contact us at Quality Roofing. Our roofing professionals can help you discover the best options for your home.

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