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Choosing the right roof for your building is important. You need to find a budget that works while considering the durability and style that suits your situation. 

Metal roofs have been making a huge comeback in recent years both for their variety of designs and their long-lasting strength. 

But, before you decide that a metal roof is right for you, it’s important to know what they have to offer. There are many pros and cons to metal roofing, so doing your research and ask for advice from a qualified roofing professional.

Let’s look at some pros and cons of metal roofs:

Pro: Metal Roofs are Long-Lasting and Durable

One of the main reasons that business owners turn to metal roofs is because of their long lifespan (and a roof that lasts is one that most people can appreciate). Roof replacement and repair can be costly, so a properly installed metal roof can save you a lot of money in the long run.

If a metal roof is installed correctly, it can last as long as the building itself – up to 70 years! Plus, manufacturers will often offer a warranty that can last anywhere from 30 to 50 years. Compare that to asphalt roofing, which only has a lifespan of 12-20 years before it requires repairs. 

Metal roofs are also great at withstanding harsh weather. Heavy winds, rain, and the hot sun are no match for the durability of a metal roof. 

Con: Metal Roofs Can Be Pricey

Though a metal roof can offer serious durability and strength for many years to come, prepare to pay high costs upfront for the privilege. Typically, metal roofing materials can cost anywhere from $4 – $13 per square foot, depending on the type of metal being used. This cost can be discouraging to new business owners who already have money going in and out for daily business operations.

Installation labor costs may also be higher since the best roofers have undergone specialized training for metal roof installation. 

Pro: Metal Roofs Are Friendly to the Environment

Metals roofs are an environmentally friendly option when compared to many other roofing materials. Most are made of recycled materials and are recyclable themselves. (This is great news for those who are interested in taking better care of the environment.) 

Metal roofs also work well with solar paneling and harvesting of rainwater for those who want to take their green initiatives a step further. 

Cons: Metal Roofs Are Noisier

The pros and cons of metal roofs are usually black or white (but depending on your preferences, this trait could be defined as BOTH a pro and a con). Metal roofs are known for being noisy, especially when a heavy thunderstorm is rolling through.

For some property owners, the noise is an unwelcome addition. But, for others, the pitter-patter of rain adds a soothing, peaceful touch. You’ll have to decide if you think the noise will be a distraction to employees, clients, patrons, or patients…or if you think it will add to the ambiance. 

Pro: Metal Roofs Can Be Stylish

Metal roofs come in a wide variety of finishes, colors, shapes, and designs. When you choose a metal roof, you can decide if you want one made of copper, tin, aluminum, zinc or galvanized steel.

Asphalt can offer a dozen color choices, but metal roofs offer over 100 hues (and many custom color choices). Check out other office buildings and restaurants with metal roofs to get an idea of the many choices you have for design and color. 

Con: Metal Roofs Can Get Dented

Modern metal roofs are made to withstand harsh conditions and years of use. Usually, even heavy ice, snow, thunderstorms and heat will have a tough time harming the roof. But, metal roofs can be dented by large tree branches falling on top of them or heavy hail pounding upon the surface. 

Softer metal roofs (made of copper or aluminum) are especially prone to denting and these types of roofs shouldn’t be walked on during installation or repair. The most durable metal roofing options are usually made of steel. 

If you want to avoid the stress of dealing with roofs that are easy to dent, pick a material that comes with a “no dent” guarantee to protect your investment. Ask your roofing expert or installer which of their roofs come with such a guarantee. 

Knowing the Pros and Cons of Metal Roofs, Which Will You Choose?

Now that you know some pros and cons of metal roofs, you can make a more informed decision. For more insight from those who know, seek help from a professional roofing service to discuss budget, style options, and more. 

A trusted commercial roofing company can help you decide which style of metal roofing is most in tune with your company’s aesthetic. 

Find a Professional Roofer

To discuss the pros and cons of metal roofs and get help choosing the right roof for you and your place of business, contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

We offer over 50 years of experience and a dedicated, professional roofing team with the best products and services in the area. TEMA Roofing looks forward to helping you with all your commercial roofing needs.