Metal Roofing Pros And Cons

Metal Roofing Pros And Cons

Metal roofing pros and cons, includes tips for for evaluating and repairing metal roofs.A Guide to Metal Roofing Pros and ConsWhen my husband and I ***** moved to the country, I was amazed at the number of homes in our neck of the Georgia woods that had metal roofs . . . and at the number of those tin-topped abodes that displayed “For Sale” signs out front. So the next time I spoke with a local realtor ******, I asked him if he found it difficult to market metal-roofed houses. At the question, his face cracked with a knowing smile.”Anything with a tin roof is going to sell for less . . . if you can find a buyer for it at all,” he told me. “Even your typical back-to-the-lander doesn’t want to take one of those buildings on. And most of the people to whom I do manage to sell metal-topped homes tell me they plan to replace the roof as soon as they get the ***** together.””Well,” I said to myself, “if my ****** is right, and if my area is typical, it seems that buying a **** topped with tin might be one way to save a good bit of ***** . . . and such a move could make it possible for a would-be ruralite to settle in the country that much sooner.” In short, my curiosity was whetted, and — since we had some city friends looking for a bargain-priced house near us — I decided to learn all I could about metal roofing pros and cons. I wanted, above all, to discover why they suffer such a poor reputation . . . and if they deserve it. It’s taken some time, but what I’ve learned has really opened my eyes to the ****** benefits of tin-tops . . . and I’d like to share some of that knowledge with you here. Metal Roof MaterialsFirst of all, most “tin” roofs aren’t made of tin. You see, there are several metals used for roofing. Below, I’ve listed those you’re most likely to encounter, along with some of the strong and weak points of each.Tin. The more accurate term here is terne, or even terneplate . . . but no matter what moniker you hang on the stuff, it’s one of several soft metals treated with a coating of lead and tin. A tin roof that’s properly installed can last a good 40 to 50 years.Galvanized Steel. This is a wonderfully inexpensive roofing material that will last 60 years or more . . . if properly cared for. It’s made of alloyed steel, with a protective coating of zinc. Galvanized steel is also highly rust-resistant.Aluminum. The use of aluminum as a roofing metal is becoming increasingly popular, since it resists corrosion and requires little maintenance. Aluminum also tends to reflect heat better than steel, thus keeping a house cooler during the summer. Aluminum roofs will last about 35 years.Copper. You won’t see copper being used for roofing much these days, even though it’s by far the longest-lasting of all roofing materials (many penny-metal lids have lasted hundreds of years and appear to have hundreds more left in them). Unfortunately, this material is not only quite expensive, but also difficult to obtain.
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Metal Roofing Pros And Cons

Hi Cardel, The roofer you consulted is either purposely misleading you or does not know what he is talking about. While most asphalt shingle roofs get blown away in a hurricane, most properly-installed metal roofs remain on houses they were designed to protect. That’s why many architects prefer metal over shingles when specifying roofing systems for homes. Since most modern metal roofs are rated for hurricane-grade winds, you’ve got nothing to worry about with a properly installed metal roof. Energy efficiency and longevity are also important to consider even if the initial/upfront cost of a metal roof is higher than shingles. As far as your concern about wind uplift, most asphalt shingles roofing systems are only rated for up to 60 mph winds. Should you decide to save a bit of ***** upfront and go with shingles, look for a system that is rated for hurricane-grade winds. Look for a high-end architectural/dimensional (heavier and thicker grade) of asphalt shingles from companies such as GAF, Owens Corning, or Certainteed, but remember their warranties are pro-rated and pretty much meaningless. — The roofer should also use 8 nails per shingle to make it less prone to being blown away in the storm. With metal roofs, many systems are rated for 110 to 160 mph winds. I know stone-coated steel roofs from manufacturers like Gerard or Decra are popular in Florida, although I personally prefer the look of metal shingles or better yet standing seam (more costly). You can find a quality roofing contractor and estimate the cost of installing a metal roof on 150 Points. Their database of roofing pros is growing, and their roofing cost calculator is second to none. Hope this helps and Good Luck!
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Metal Roofing Pros And Cons

I am currently looking to replace my damaged shingle roof w/ metal roofing of some kind and I am having trouble deciding which type of metal roof to go with. My **** is a manufactured **** (also known as a double-wide in some places) so I have a very simple roof w/ the exception of 1 dormer, 2 skylights, the furnace chimney, and several vents (I know that 3 of them are for ********/******* exhaust fans). The rest of the vents I assume are for roof ventilation (there are 6 all in a row along the ridge of the house). There is also venting in the soffits. I do not have an attic, I have vaulted ceilings. At this time, I have no tree cover in my yard & my **** sits facing East/West so it is in the sun all day long & my **** gets very *** as a result. I live in central WI. My questions: 1) My **** is less valuable than a stick built **** & metal roofing can be very expensive. Which type of metal roofing would you install? So that I wouldn’t “price myself out of the market” as realtors like to say 2) I have a question about ice/water shield. On one estimate, the contractor quoted for 3 ft of ice and water shield & another quoted for 6 ft. from my reading it sounds like 2 ft inside the wall space is to code. Which would you go with? Is more better in this case? Does it depend on the kind of metal roofing ? Please remember that my eaves are much smaller than a standard house. 3) Due to the sun/heat my roof will have to endure I am concerned with “*** canning” if I go with standing seam metal roofing. Is there something that can be done during the installation that can prevent it? 4) The last wind storm in my area had wind gusts of approx. 60 mph (which is how my roof became damaged in the ***** place). The prevailing winds usually come out of the West. Is there something that can be done on installation to help prevent wind damage in the future? 5) Can the venting be replaced with a ridge cap vent & still provide adequate ventilation? Sorry it’s so long but thank you in advance for any help
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Learn about these metal roofing pros and cons before repairing your roof. If properly maintained, metal roofs don’t have to be eyesores. Understand metal roofing pros and cons, and spot “tin tops” on just about every style and size of building around. For example, painted steel “shingles” on a ********* ***** house. Photo by Cathy J. Flamholtz Slideshow
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Learn about these metal roofing pros and cons before repairing your roof. If properly maintained, metal roofs don’t have to be eyesores. Understand metal roofing pros and cons, and spot “tin tops” on just about every style and size of building around. For example, painted steel “shingles” on a ********* ***** house.
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SHOW TRANSCRIPT One of the cons of metal roofing is, generally, it’s gonna be more expensive. With metal roofing, generally, you’ll want to use Galvalume or aluminum roofing materials. So, if you use a galvanized tin, over time, that is gonna rust. And, you know, there’s a romanticness to that, but it would have to be replaced whereas a Galvalume roof really can last forever. Generally if you tend to live in a nicer neighborhood that has a certain formality to it, you know, a tin roof just really wouldn’t be appropriate. You know, so we tend to do, you know, more slate or clay tile, might be more appropriate. And, you know, another downside to a metal roof is it’s, it’s tougher. You know, a lot of times in our ****, we do a lot of ******** gestures in the roofing where there’s a lot of slopes and curves and roofs peel and sag, and we’re trying to you know, give it a **** ******** softness to it. And, you know, metal doesn’t really bend. You know, and that can be limiting. But I think for the right application and the right place, it’s a great, great choice.
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One of the cons of metal roofing is, generally, it’s gonna be more expensive. With metal roofing, generally, you’ll want to use Galvalume or aluminum roofing materials. So, if you use a galvanized tin, over time, that is gonna rust. And, you know, there’s a romanticness to that, but it would have to be replaced whereas a Galvalume roof really can last forever. Generally if you tend to live in a nicer neighborhood that has a certain formality to it, you know, a tin roof just really wouldn’t be appropriate. You know, so we tend to do, you know, more slate or clay tile, might be more appropriate. And, you know, another downside to a metal roof is it’s, it’s tougher. You know, a lot of times in our ****, we do a lot of ******** gestures in the roofing where there’s a lot of slopes and curves and roofs peel and sag, and we’re trying to you know, give it a **** ******** softness to it. And, you know, metal doesn’t really bend. You know, and that can be limiting. But I think for the right application and the right place, it’s a great, great choice.