Four Reasons A Metal Roof Is Better Than Shingles

Posted on: 25 October 2018

If you're in the market for a new roof, especially if you need a complete tear-off, you may want to consider getting metal roofing instead of a traditional shingle roof. Here's a look at all the benefits a metal roof can provide.

A Metal Roof Is A Lot Lighter Than A Traditional Shingle Roof

The roof is like a lid on your home, and a traditional shingle roof weighs a lot! This puts a tremendous amount of stress on the wood framework and structure of your home. This can weaken the integrity of your home over time. If you live in an area that receives a lot of snow, such as the Northeast, Great Lakes snowbelts, or in the Rockies, the weight is even more substantial and potentially damaging.

A Metal Roof Can Shed Snow

Unlike a traditional shingle roof, where the snow just accumulates and sits, frequently growing heavier as it thaws or when it rains rather than snows, a metal roof will shed it. No longer will you need to climb up on your roof in dangerous conditions or hire someone else get up there and push snow off before your roof collapses. With a metal roof, the snow can only accumulate so much before the weight of it sends it sliding off the roof to the ground below.

A Metal Roof Will Last A Lot Longer

Replacing your roof completely every 20 years is expensive, and that's not even counting the cost of replacing shingles that come loose from snow or severe storms, which can happen several times throughout the year. Additionally, when you need a new roof, roofers can only go over the existing shingles once, which means the next time, you will have the added expense of a complete tear-off and starting over from scratch. Most metal roof manufacturers nowadays say the technology has advanced to where the average metal roof can be expected to last 50 years or maybe even more, depending on the metal used.

A Metal Roof Can Add Character To Your Home

No matter what architectural style your home is, a metal roof will add a unique style. Farmhouses and log cabins look especially good with a metal roof, but the clean, sleek lines of a metal roof will make even match well with a mid-century modern ranch-style home. Additionally, depending on the type of metal you get for your new roof, you may eventually have a patina. For example, a copper roof on an old, renovated historic Victorian home will eventually develop the lovely gray-green verdigris color that forms over time as copper ages.