Metal Roof Pros and Cons


Asphalt shingles are the most common roof option, but have you ever thought about a metal roof? A metal roof cost a little more but last a lot longer. It can save energy and endure a lot more than your asphalt shingles can. There are different options in the metal roof world. Just like any roofing option there are pros and cons, and we are going to talk about those here.


  • Durability
    Metal roofs are very durable and can withstand hail, wind, severe storms and even falling objects. A metal roof can last up to 50 years plus. That is three times longer than asphalt shingles.
  • Installation
    Installing metal roofs costs less than shingles because the metal is just sheets of metal that interlock and create a leak free surface on your roof. You will pay 20% less for labor on a metal roof and installing the roof will take less time than a metal roof. Metal roofs are also easier to clean because they can remove any dirt with just water.
  • Reliability
    Once your metal roof is installed it is basically maintenance free. The material will not corrode or split easily. Metal roofs are made with 50%-100% recycle materials. This means whenever you are taking the metal off your roof 100% of the materials can be recyclable. This means you are also helping out the environment by having a metal roof.
  • Materials
    Many different kinds of metal materials can be used, such as, steel, aluminum, copper, and zinc. The most common metal roof is steel. Next is aluminum because it is more durable, last long, and costs less than other metals. Copper is also popular not because of price but because of its color. Copper lasts for 100s of years and might discolor a little but many say it adds character. Lots of homeowners will use copper as a detail over bay windows instead of having their whole roof as copper. This makes your home look nice without breaking the bank.
  • Green
    By choosing a metal roof you are also choosing a green roof. On top of that fact that all materials can be recycled it could also save you money on your air conditioning bill. Metal roofs reflect the rays from the sun which helps your home not to overheat.
    Fun fact: Contrary to popular belief getting a metal roof will not increase your homes chances of getting struck by lightning.

And finally, a metal roof is attractive to someone buying a home. The thought of never having to worry about replacing the roof or being worried about constant maintenance. On the flip side of that, looking for a home with a metal roof could save you a lot of money in the long run.


Just like anything, there are some negatives to having a metal roof. One being, a metal roof is a little more expensive than an asphalt roof. It can also be noisier for the homeowner. There is a solution to this though. If you add more insulation it will reduce or eliminate the noise.

A metal roof is a long lasting, durable, and green roofing choice for your home.