Here at Longhorn, it’s no secret we love metal roofing.
As Christmas creeps closer, more homeowners are wondering whether Santa should bring them a new roof this year. We’ve gotten lots of questions comparing metal and shingle.
The main one is this: Are there any real disadvantages to metal roofing?
You’ve already heard about the perks:
- A metal roof can save hundreds on heating and cooling by reflecting solar radiation.
- A metal roof is resistant to wind and rain and totally impervious to mold and mildew
- An Austin metal roof lasts longer than a shingle roof under similar conditions
- A metal roof has relatively low weight, which can help preserve structural integrity
- A metal roof can’t catch on fire – that’s a real relief during any dry, hot summer!
But there’s a lot of misinformation out there about potential drawbacks of metal roofing. Many so-called “cons of metal roofing” are exaggerated or don’t really exist.
The few issues a new metal roof can present are usually fixed by good installation practices and ongoing maintenance. Still, nothing is perfect – not even a metal roof.
Here are the facts:
It’s a Major Home Investment
Like any new roofing system, metal roofing is a serious investment. A quality metal roof costs more than a comparable shingle roof. While you can ultimately earn a return in energy savings, it’s still a good idea to plan ahead for your budget.
It Sounds Different in Weather
Some people have said metal roofing is louder when it rains, but the truth is it’s just “different.” The actual volume is about what you’re used to from a conventional shingle roof. If the sound is a concern, extra insulation can be added during installation.
It Needs to Breathe Properly
Early metal roofing systems had a problem: Because metal expands and contracts as temperatures change, fasteners could get loose. This can lead to drift between panels and allow moisture in. The use of smaller panels and standing seam techniques prevents this.
Color Selection Can Be Tricky
Most metal roofs come in classic colors, including metallic gray. The variety is expanding, but there’s still a lot more shingle options out there. If you get a new addition on your house later on, matching your existing metal roof could be tricky if you have a custom color.
For Your Home, an Austin Metal Roof is the Gift that Keeps on Giving
For our money, these few issues are well worth it.
In Central Texas, nothing else performs like a modern metal roof. Even those who aren’t bowled over by the beautiful appearance of metal learn to love the savings and reliability you just can’t get from shingles. But getting those perks starts with installation.
Santa Claus is many things, but he’s no roofer. If you’re considering a new roof, contact Santa’s helpers – the Austin roofing pros at Longhorn Roofing. We’ll be glad to help you make your holidays a little brighter with expert installation of a top quality roof.