The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing
The use of metal for roofing has been on the increase in recent years here in the UK, both on commercial buildings and domestic properties. Metal roofs can be constructed from a range of different materials which include steel, copper, aluminium and zinc alloys. Steel is the top choice, but it very heavy and aluminium is often used as a lightweight alternative. Today we’re going to take a look at the advantages and disadvantages that come with a metal roof.
THE ADVANTAGES OF A METAL ROOF
- Metal is a durable and sturdy material for roofing applications.
- Metal can be coated to provide some protection against rust and corrosion.
- There is a wide range of materials available for metal roof installation, many of which can be treated with durable paint finishes for a more pleasing aesthetic effect.
- Some of the more expensive options for metal roofing, such as stainless steel, will not rust or corrode, resulting in a huge reduction in maintenance costs.
- Metal roofing has great insulation properties so it’s a really energy efficient option.
- Metal roofing is fireproof.
- A metal roof can be constructed using recycled materials and they are also recyclable, making this an eco-friendly option.
- A metal roof will typically last for between 30 and 50 years so as well as being easier to maintain, they last a lot longer than most roofs.
- Snow is likely to slide off a metal roof more easily than other types of roofs.
THE DISADVANTAGES OF A METAL ROOF
- A metal roof will initially prove more expensive to install than other types of roof – however, because it will last much longer and lead to a reduction in maintenance costs, it can represent a more cost-efficient option in the long term.
- A metal roof is likely to be noisy during rainy weather and an absolute nightmare during a hailstorm.
- The installation process for a metal roof is more energy intensive than other roof installation processes.
- Using metal for a roof can be seen as a waste of precious resources by environmentalists.
- Metal roofing can be prone to dents and marks if something falls on the roof or even during a hailstorm.
Metal can be a great choice for flat roofs, whether on an industrial or commercial building or on domestic sheds, garages and conservatories. Nowadays, it’s possible to buy insulated metal roof panels which raises the energy efficiency of the building to a whole new level. For a pitched roof, corrugated metal roof panels are a great option as they tend to blend well with the rest of the building.
The roof is an important component of any building and choosing the right roofing material can be challenging. When considering a new roof, it’s vital to look at all the options available and take into account how the building is intended to be used in order to make an informed choice that won’t be regretted in the future.