Pros And Cons Of Metal Roofs

Pros And Cons Of Metal Roofs

Pros and Cons of Metal Roofs in Cold Climates Metal roofs are a good long-term investment for those in colder areas of the country. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Maynor) Here are the advantages and disadvantages to metal roofing in winter weather. Midwest living has its benefits. There is usually plenty of space to move around, housing is usually more affordable than some of the coastal cities. But there is one major problem: Midwesterners know that winter weather can get awfully intense. So if you’re building a home or simply trying to maintain it, special considerations should be made for snow preparation, and the earlier you can take care of any roofing problems the better. Cold-weather home upkeep can be costly, but using high-quality materials upfront may save you time and heartache in the long run. Specifically, some roofing contractors recommend metal roofs for extreme weather conditions. Despite the higher costs of metal shingles, Chicago roofing contractor Ryan Trela from Trela Roofing & Remodeling advises, “Homeowners should put the best roof on a house that their budget will allow. Metal roofs are a good long-term investment for people in cities like Chicago.” However, one Indianapolis-based Angie’s List member cautioned in a review that metal roofs also have at least one winter disadvantage.  “We found that without snow guards, the snow ‘avalanches’ from the roof when the snow begins to melt,” the member wrote, “creating a hazard around walkways and landscaped areas.” As with any large purchase, weigh the pros and cons of a metal roof for your family’s individual circumstances. Read plenty of reviews in your area and hire a roofer who has experience installing residential metal roofs. Aug. 22, 2012By Angie's List Staff Post New Comment Name * [email protected] * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Subject Type your comments here. * All comments are subject to review and approval prior to posting. Home page
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Pros And Cons Of Metal Roofs

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 first 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 friend, 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 money together.””Well,” I said to myself, “if my friend is right, and if my area is typical, it seems that buying a home topped with tin might be one way to save a good bit of money . . . 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 hidden 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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Pros And Cons Of Metal Roofs

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 money 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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Pros And Cons Of Metal Roofs

Here are the advantages and disadvantages to metal roofing in winter weather. Midwest living has its benefits. There is usually plenty of space to move around, housing is usually more affordable than some of the coastal cities. But there is one major problem: Midwesterners know that winter weather can get awfully intense. So if you’re building a home or simply trying to maintain it, special considerations should be made for snow preparation, and the earlier you can take care of any roofing problems the better. Cold-weather home upkeep can be costly, but using high-quality materials upfront may save you time and heartache in the long run. Specifically, some roofing contractors recommend metal roofs for extreme weather conditions. Despite the higher costs of metal shingles, Chicago roofing contractor Ryan Trela from Trela Roofing & Remodeling advises, “Homeowners should put the best roof on a house that their budget will allow. Metal roofs are a good long-term investment for people in cities like Chicago.” However, one Indianapolis-based Angie’s List member cautioned in a review that metal roofs also have at least one winter disadvantage.  “We found that without snow guards, the snow ‘avalanches’ from the roof when the snow begins to melt,” the member wrote, “creating a hazard around walkways and landscaped areas.” As with any large purchase, weigh the pros and cons of a metal roof for your family’s individual circumstances. Read plenty of reviews in your area and hire a roofer who has experience installing residential metal roofs.
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Pros And Cons Of Metal Roofs

Midwest living has its benefits. There is usually plenty of space to move around, housing is usually more affordable than some of the coastal cities. But there is one major problem: Midwesterners know that winter weather can get awfully intense. So if you’re building a home or simply trying to maintain it, special considerations should be made for snow preparation, and the earlier you can take care of any roofing problems the better. Cold-weather home upkeep can be costly, but using high-quality materials upfront may save you time and heartache in the long run. Specifically, some roofing contractors recommend metal roofs for extreme weather conditions. Despite the higher costs of metal shingles, Chicago roofing contractor Ryan Trela from Trela Roofing & Remodeling advises, “Homeowners should put the best roof on a house that their budget will allow. Metal roofs are a good long-term investment for people in cities like Chicago.” However, one Indianapolis-based Angie’s List member cautioned in a review that metal roofs also have at least one winter disadvantage.  “We found that without snow guards, the snow ‘avalanches’ from the roof when the snow begins to melt,” the member wrote, “creating a hazard around walkways and landscaped areas.” As with any large purchase, weigh the pros and cons of a metal roof for your family’s individual circumstances. Read plenty of reviews in your area and hire a roofer who has experience installing residential metal roofs.

Pros And Cons Of Metal Roofs

Pros And Cons Of Metal Roofs