Metal roofing is quickly gaining popularity as homeowners are looking for alternatives to traditional asphalt shingles. At S.W.A.T. Roofing, we are often asked about how metal roofs handle hail and other extreme weather we get in Fort Worth, the types of metal materials used and whether this type of roof is a good option for a home or business.
Installing or repairing a roof requires skill, knowledge and experience. S.W.A.T. Roofing & Contracting is locally owned and operated in Fort Worth, Texas. We’ve been serving DFW for over 16 years and have installed almost every type of roof, including metal roofs.
We are always happy to answer your questions and work quickly to provide you with top-level service. Call us at 817-756-6666 or schedule a free estimate for a metal roof with one of our licensed contractors.
Metal Roof vs Shingle Roof
One of the most common questions we receive about metal roofs is: How do they compare to shingle roofs? The answer really depends on what you’re looking for, how much you want to spend and whether this type of roof makes sense for your structure. When determining which roof material makes more sense for your home, here are some things to consider:
Longevity of a metal roof is typically the main selling point. While metal roofs will cost more for materials and installation than a traditional shingle roof, they can last for decades. Steel or copper roofs can easily last 50 years or more.
Certain metal roofs can take a beating when it comes to weather, but they are also more likely to dent from hail, fallen branches, and other types of debris. They can be more expensive to repair because of how they are made.
Roofing repairs often include replacing the entire panel, instead of just a few tiles or metal strips. Panels can be several feet long and wide, which is where a lot of the cost to repair comes from.
From a style standpoint, metal roofs come in almost an endless amount of styles. Panels or tiles, you can have your choice of design, color and even finish.
Shingle roofs are the most popular type of roof in the United States. They are also one of the most affordable. A lot of new shingle roofs will include a 15 year or 30 year warranty and can be installed on any style of home, whether it be a ranch, two story, new construction or historic residence.
They are a lot easier to repair and work on, which can help to keep your maintenance costs low. However, compared to a steel roof, an asphalt roof won’t last nearly as long. Their resistance to severe weather can be lesser than other materials. Sun, rain and wind tend to weaken the integrity of the tile, causing it to warp and deteriorate faster.
Pros and Cons of a Metal Roof
In addition to how metal roofs compare to shingle roofs, there is also the overall curiosity of the pros and cons of a metal roof.
- Longevity. Some metal roofs can last 50 years or more.
- Metal roofs withstand heavy rains and winds gusts over 100 miles per hour.
- They are energy efficient. Metal roofs reflect sun away from the roof, keeping the interior cooler and conserving energy.
- Metal roofs are also environmentally friendly. They are completely recyclable. They are also an excellent base choice for solar panels or installing a collection rainwater system.
- There are tons of colors and styles to choose from.
- Metal roofs won’t corrode and tend to be a popular option for structures near or along the coast.
- Cost. Metal roofs can cost nearly 10 times as much as asphalt shingles, depending on the material you use. They are also more expensive to repair.
- The installation process is more complicated. It takes more time to install a metal roof, so installation and labor are typically more expensive.
- Metal roofing can be loud. Heavy rain, wind and hail will make noise when hitting your roof. You can reduce the sound with insulation or sheathing, but it may not completely remove the noise.
- Metal roofs are more likely to be dented by impacts like hail stones, tree branches and other debris.
Types of Metal Roofs
While the most common type of metal roof is steel, there are actually several types of metal roofing you can choose for your residence or business.
Aluminum – aluminum roofing is lightweight, resistant to corrosion and mostly rustproof. More affordable that other options like copper or steel. Aluminum can dent easily and will also make noise when hit with rain, wind gusts, hail, etc.
Steel – steel roofing is expensive but can be very long lasting, it can easily last 50 years or more! Noise from weather can be reduced greatly when installed over an asphalt shingle roof, which is why it is more appealing for homeowners who need to replace their existing roof. Steel is the most common type of metal roof and therefore comes comes in lots of colors and style choices.
Copper – Copper is incredibly long lasting. It doesn’t rust or corrode over time. However, copper will oxidize and requires maintenance to keep it polished and looking good. It is lightweight and fire resistant. It’s more expensive than steel. It’s also more difficult to install which is part of the high expense.
Zinc – zinc is resistant to corrosion and will last a long time. It can be a good choice for milder climates, but may not be the best choice for a home in North Texas. It is a softer metal and is more easily damaged by severe weather, particularly hail.
All metal roofs should have some type of roofing insulation or underlayment installed. Any installation requires edging, or metal eave flashing, to cover the outline of the roof, as well as its meeting points.
Contact S.W.A.T. Roofing to Learn More
At S.W.A.T. Roofing & Contracting, we are committed to providing honest, accurate assessments of your roof installation or repair. Our estimates are always free and you are under no obligation to choose us for your roofing project. To learn more about metal roofing and whether it's the right choice for your home or business, give us a call today!