Choosing a roofing material is a big decision for your Hilton Head Island Home. Whether building new, or replacing your existing roof, the roof repair experts at Coastal Roofing are here to help you understand the pros and cons of going with a metal roof.
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First off, a metal roof requires minimal maintenance. Because of its durability, it can withstand high winds of up to 140 miles per hour. It will also not crack, corrode, or rust due to the UV exposure roofs are up against every single day. For these reasons, it is the roofing material of choice when you are wanting little to no maintenance or roof repair requirements.
Another benefit of metal roofing is longevity. While all roofing materials are designed to last, metal roofs can last much longer which means you get more for your money up front. Here is a break-down of the average lifespan of different roofing materials:
- Asphalt shingle/ composition roofs: between 12- 20 years
- Fiber cement shingles: about 25 years
- Wood shake roofs: about 30 years
- Slate, copper, and tile roofs: around 50 years
- Metal roofs: anywhere from 50-70 years
One of the most popular benefits of a metal roof right now is how eco-friendly they are. Most metal roofs are made up of anywhere from 25 – 90% recycled material, making them a great choice for our planet and for sustainability. Also, all metal roofs are 100% recyclable at the end of their lifespan, which cannot be said for shingle roofs. Sadly, it is estimated that up to 20 billion pounds of old shingles are thrown in landfills each year. Clearly metal roofs are the best option for the economy.
Finally, metal roofing can actually help reduce your heating and cooling costs by as much as 10 – 25% making it a very efficient option. Long term, the initial investment will end up saving you a considerable amount and help keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
While this all sounds too good to be true there are a few cons with metal roofing, the first being the price. Unfortunately, the cost of metal roof installation can be as much as 2 – 3 times more than that of other roofing materials. However, it is important to remember that the lack of necessary maintenance, longevity, durability, and efficiency will all pay off in the end. So while it will save you more over time, you will have to pay more up front.
Metal roof installation is extremely important because of contraction and expansion.
If not installed meticulously and correctly, then there is potential for panels to expand or contract which could lead to loosening. The good thing is the roof repair experts at Coastal Roofing are trained and experienced with proper roofing installation, so this will not be an issue if you call the right people.
Then there’s the noise. Now we hesitate to put this under the cons list because for some people this is the biggest selling point, but it is definitely a trait that is exclusive to metal roofs so that is why it ended up here. During heavy rain and storms, a metal roof can be very noisy. As rain, debris or even hail hit the roof, it is much more pronounced than any other material. For some, the sound of rain on a metal roof is soothing, for others it is just too much. The good news is you can install insulation to help reduce the noise factor, but metal roofs are definitely much louder than any other roofing material.
Overall, you cannot go wrong with a metal roof. With that being said, metal roofs also are not for everyone. Regardless of your preference or needs, Coastal Roofing is the only company you should call for roof repair, installation, or installment in Hilton Head Island. For all of your roofing and repair needs, let our team take care of you.