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Hicksville Roofing: Article About Metal Roofing Pros and Cons

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You may be considering a metal roof for your home or other structure because you've heard about its long-lasting qualities. This is true, but there are lots of other reasons why metal may or may not be a good choice for you. Weigh the benefits and drawbacks of this durable type of roofing before making a decision. Your qualified Hicksville Roofing expert can help you with this process.


Metal roofs have several positives that many homeowners appreciate. First, metal has longevity on its side, lasting between 50 and 70 years sometimes more depending on maintenance and climate. Compare this with asphalt roofing which only lasts about 15 to 20 years. Durability is another reason so many people choose metal roofing. It's able to take wind gusts of up to 140 mph, plus it will never corrode or crack. Some types of metal can even withstand pretty good impacts, too, making this an overall excellent option for durability. While you should have a metal roof inspected every once in awhile, these roofs don't require the more involved maintenance that other types do.

Metals roofs are fire resistant, meaning they won't catch on fire from area wildfires, strikes from lightning or fires occurring to an adjacent home.

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Metal is energy efficient, helping to reduce cooling costs by as much as 25 percent because they reflect heat from the sun through cool roofing. Another positive check in the eco-friendly column is the fact that metal is recyclable, with many metal roofs comprised of up to 95 percent recycled material.


Cost is a major drawback for many homeowners, as it can cost up to three times more than traditional roofing materials such as asphalt shingles. Metal roofs can cause quite a ruckus, too, especially during a hail or intense rain storm. You can add insulation at the time of installation, but this will only add to your cost. Metal roofs don't typically have consistency in terms of matching if you have to get one portion of the roof repaired or replaced. It's hard to achieve a seamless fit between new metal and existing metal.

Metal roofs can expand and contract with the weather. Proper installation is a must in order to avoid loosening of the panels. Extensive damage can occur to metal roofs if water accumulates on or behind it, plus the risk of denting and rusting increases in climates prone to hail, high winds and lots of rain.

Your decision to incorporate metal as your roofing choice is a varied one, drawing on many advantages and disadvantages. Do your research to make the right choice for your house.

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