As the leading provider of quality metal roofing in Phoenix, our technicians at Pinnacle Roofing answer hundreds of questions from business owners and residents about the pros and cons of installing a metal roof.
Metal roofing products have been world-renowned for their durability and cost-efficiency since the mid-1850s. Modern smelting methods allow companies to offer rust-proof metal panels at the lowest prices without sacrificing quality.
Our roofing experts will discuss the pros and cons of metal roofing systems in this explainer to help our clients make the correct decision for their renovation and construction projects.
Durability and Longevity
The most sought-after benefit of metal roofing is its longevity. Residential metal roofs have an average lifespan of 40 to 50 years.
Most single-ply roofs have half the life expectancy of metal ones. Stone roofs might last a lifetime but could cost five to ten times the installation price of their metal counterparts.
Metal is also a natural fire retardant, but technicians can install safety additives to make your installation more flameproof. Metal panels are the choice roofing material for counties with frequent forest and brush fires, like a few of our service areas around Arizona.
In addition, metal panels can bend without breaking, endure fires without burning, and weather torrential rains without rusting. However, it’s important to remember that installing your metal roof over combustible ceilings can still create a fire hazard. We also recommend hiring roofing professionals to check them after an adverse weather event, like hailstorms.
Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings
Metal is the second most popular roofing material in the United States, all thanks to its energy efficiency. Metal roofs help keep homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Unlike asphalt and slate roofs, which rely on their thickness and fast cooling properties to make your home more livable, most metal roofs are reflective. As a result, a high percentage of sunlight bounces off their surfaces, helping homeowners keep excess heat away from their attics and upper floors.
Metal roofs absorb a fraction of the warmth slate and asphalt roofs accommodate, returning more than 60% of heat energy into the atmosphere. They also offer more efficient ventilation as homeowners can install them on battens. Batten systems create a gap between the roofing panels and the ceiling, and you can find them on hundreds of public and private properties in Arizona.
Unalloyed metal is vulnerable to oxidation and corrosion from harsh chemicals. So, roofing manufacturers combine metals with rust-proof materials like zinc and copper to protect consumers from replacing their roofs every four to five years.
Thanks to metal roofing’s incredible durability and energy efficiency, it makes a smart investment for any homeowner.
Enhanced Curb Appeal and Versatility
During the early days of metal construction, contractors could not recommend metal roofs for homes and businesses in coastal areas. The salt and humidity in the sea air cause metal roofs, posts, and doors to rust, making them poor investments for people who think long-term.
Today, metal roofs and fixtures are prevalent on nearly every pier, dock, and watercraft maintenance facility worldwide. They can match and improve the aesthetics of residential and commercial structures alike due to their impressive versatility.
We can install shake metal roofs that mimic the appearance of cedar shake roofing. However, unlike wood, metal roofs are immune to fading and discoloration. Shake metal roofs are a favorite among customers who want the rustic charm of an Old-World home without the risk of pest infestations, high maintenance bills, and rot.
Slate-style metal roofs can offer homes a European aesthetic reminiscent of early houses on the east coast. Traditional slate roofing can cost ten times as much as metal roofs, and modern tinting techniques allow manufacturers to mimic its traditional allure at a fraction of the price.
If you’re looking for a stylish roofing option that looks great on any type of property, you can’t go wrong with metal roofing.
Environmental Benefits and Sustainability
Unlike clay and asphalt roofs, metal roofing has near-zero petroleum and carbon content, making them recyclable.
Numerous facilities offer recycling for other roof types. However, metal sheets take less energy and natural resources to repurpose without losing their original tensile strength and durability.
On average, most metal roofs available have 25% pre- and post-consumer content. If you have a metal roof over your head, at least a fourth of its surface area comes from scrap metal content. Manufacturers source recycled content from decommissioned appliances, vehicles, and other construction projects.
Metal roofs are also immune to algae and mold, reducing the need for cleaning chemicals that might leave harmful residues. You will not need power washers to sanitize them and remove stains.
Snow and rain will slide across its surface smoothly with a well-maintained gutter. You also do not have to worry about reapplying adhesives or remediating cracked sections after an adverse weather event.
Metal is the most cost-efficient residential roofing product on the market. Contractors recommend it for roofs on government housing projects, university dorms, and suburbs across America.
Not only do they provide stunning and unique aesthetics for virtually any home or building, but they also allow you to make your home more energy-efficient and eco-friendly. If you’re interested in updating your home’s roofing, let our roofing professionals at Pinnacle Roofing help you explore your options.