The proper roofing is extremely important for your home. There are a variety or materials and types to choose from that may fit your lifestyle and location better than others. In a previous post, we examined what benefits metal roofing can offer to homeowners. It’s a durable, safe and environmentally-friendly option. But depending on your wants and needs for your home, it may not be the best option for you, and we’re going to examine why.
The cost of metal roofing is likely its biggest drawback. Prices are often much higher than traditional materials, which can be a disadvantage if you don’t intend to live in the house for a long time. If you do plan on spending a few decades in the home, metal roofing’s durability will help make up for the high initial price.
If hard objects come into contact with metal, the impact can be loud. Metal utensils make clanging noises, gongs are extremely loud and metal roofing isn’t much different. Heavy storms and hail can be loud on metal roofing if your roof is not insulated enough.
Expansion and Contraction
Temperature causes metal to contract and expand. Metal roofing needs to be installed with fasteners that allow it to “breathe” in order for it to expand and contract properly. If fasteners aren’t installed, the metal panels could loosen.
One unfortunate characteristic of metal is that it dents if impacts are significant enough. A good example that is often used is the impact between a car and a golf ball. The metal may be strong, but the golf ball will still leave a dent. The same goes for roofing, if exposed to heavy hail, your roof can see dents as well.
House Fire Complications
In the event you have a house fire that begins from the inside, metal roofing can create a safety hazard. Fire departments sometimes need to cut through the roof to put out a fire. This becomes even more of a problem if a house has a metal roof compared to more traditional materials. Cutting through metal is difficult and may delay the amount of time it takes to put out a fire, which could lead to increased damage to your home.
Finding the proper roofing for your home is all about what works around your home’s size and location as well as your wants and your financial constraints. Metal roofing may be a great option for what you want for your home, but it’s important to have the right resources to make the best decision. If metal roofing isn’t the option for you, we also offer a variety of other materials to fit your home to your desires.