No matter if you’re building new or putting a new roof on your home, you might have been considering doing a steel roof. While metal roofing sure has its benefits, it’s important to consider the disadvantages as well.
Cost Effective – While steel roofing can cost quite a significant amount more than the standard shingle roof upon the initial installation, it will require virtually no maintenance, thus saving you money on repairs, or replacing it. Having a steel roof can also be valuable when trying to resell your home if you are not planning on staying there for a longtime.
Energy Efficient – Steel roofs reflect heat on those hot summer days, thus saving you energy and money on cooling your home
Environmentally Friendly – Although already containing recycled material, a metal roof can be entirely recycled once its run it's lifespan (roughly 40-60 years).
Extremely Durable – A metal roof will hold up through all the seasons. Whether it’s a cold northern winter or a hot southern summer.
Looks – Although this one comes down to personal opinion, we think a steel roof looks extremely good.
Noise – Steel roofing can get pretty loud when the rain hits it, some people find this sound relaxing but if that’s not you, a metal roof may not be your best option.
Poor Installation – This one isn’t the fault of the actual steel roofing, but who you hire to install it. If the roofing is not installed properly, you can almost guarantee it won’t hold up to its full potential lifespan.
Cost – You’ve probably noticed that we have put cost in both the pros and cons section. This is because a metal roof is very expensive. If you're not planning on staying in your home long enough to actually save the money you would have spent replacing a shingle roof, dishing out all the money in the beginning might not be worth it for you.