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Is Metal Roofing For you? Pro's and Con's for your home

Updated on May 24, 2014

Metal Versus Asphalt Shingles

Is it the latest fad or a smart investment? Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference and it seems like many Michigan contractors are starting to push this as a residential product pretty hard. Make sure you weigh out your options carefully here because no matter what you decide it is a big investment purchasing a new roof.

So shiny & sleek

Residential Metal Roof
Residential Metal Roof

An investment that spans multiple generations

How long will you be staying?

It is argued that although metal roofing is more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles you make up for it in the long run. Yes, metal roofing will most definitely outlast asphalt roofing. But you need to decide up front just how long you are planning to stay at your home for this to even make sense.

Do something different, stand out from the crowd

A little bling, bling

Metal roofing gives the house a unique look that some people absolutely love and while others cant stand it. As you can see in the picture above it can make a home look almost plastic in appearance like a doll house. Also keep in mind that the noise is loud when its raining because those rain drops are falling from high above and strike the roof like it a tambourine. Get a sample of what it is going to sound like when trying to go to sleep by checking out a commercial building with a metal roof when it is really coming down hard out there.

Those few extra pounds can be dangerous to your health

Bringing down the house

Weight is a major concern when installing any home improvements and metal roofing adds a ton of it to your homes existing structure. Consult with an architect and carpenter to make sure your current structure can handle the additional load. If you are required to add additional support beams to carry the additional weight make sure that the cost is included in your quote from the contractor so you know what you are getting in to.

Double check those references and that resume

It doesn't take a rocket scientist but none the less....

Metal roofing is a lot more complicated to install compared to asphalt shingles. Because it is more of a specialty and does require additional skills this is just another variable that adds more expense to the cost of the project. When choosing a contractor to install your new metal roof make sure they have lots of experience with the material and ask for professional references. It can be a disastrous learning experience for both parties if an amateur attempts to install a metal roof for the first time. Just stripping an metal roof is almost triple the price if it were asphalt because the weight and increased hazard from falling metal makes it hard to find laborers willing to complete the task.

Now that's how you make a quality shingle

Made from the fires of middle earth

It is typically much easier for a manufacturer to control the quality of metal compared to asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles have been known to be defective in several circumstances and many major manufactures have suffered devastating lawsuits because of this. From inconsistent coloring to complete material failure you can find many instances in which customers have been very upset with the asphalt shingles they had installed.

Does the noise turn you off?

Are metals roofs to noisy for you to consider using on your home?

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      Chris 7 weeks ago

      Shingles weigh significantly more than tin.