Metal roofs can be a beautiful option for your home, and Elite Roofing installs metal roofs for entire properties or just for decorative accent areas. If you are considering having a metal roof installed for your home, it’s very important to weigh the pros and cons of metal against other more common roof materials, such as asphalt shingle, wood shake, of synthetic.
Two Types of Metal Roofs
Multi-rib Systems vs. Standing Seam Systems
Multi-rib systems cost about the same as shingles to install, but are thinner gauged metal and are installed with exposed screws directly through the panels. Because of this, the roof is more prone to leaking and other service issues. Elite Roofing does NOT recommend or install Multi-rib systems on residential roofs, but it can be an affordable option for specific commercial applications.
Standing Seam Systems
Standing Seam systems have no exposed screws, a thicker gauged metal, and are used in the majority of commercial products. Elite Roofing recommends and regularly installs Standing Seam systems for both homes and commercial buildings. It also can work well in lower sloped roofs. These metal products are typically 2 – 3 times the cost of shingle installations, however, due to higher product and labor costs to install them.
Specialty Metal Roofing
Copper roofing products are another beautiful metal option that naturally patinas over time. Elite Roofing offers copper metal products for both roofing products and gutters. However, copper prices are subject to high variability as a raw material so be sure that your quote is up to date as it will change over time.
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The benefits of metal roofing can be very valuable for the right project. Properly installed, a metal roof should last a very long time, sealing out water, surviving high winds, and easily shedding snow. Metal is also resistant to fire, mildew, insects, and rot. It does still have issues with paint performance over time and “oil canning” or denting can occur from the natural expansion and contraction from heat and from hail damage.