Is it the latest fad or a smart investment? Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference and it seems like many Michigan contractors are starting to push this as a residential product pretty hard. Make sure you weigh out your options carefully here because no matter what you decide it is a big investment purchasing a new roof.
It is argued that although metal roofing is more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles you make up for it in the long run. Yes, metal roofing will most definitely outlast asphalt roofing hands down. But you need to make sure how long you are planning to stay at your home for this to even make sense.
Metal roofing gives the house a unique look that some people absolutely love and other cant stand. As you can see in the picture above the home tends to look almost plastic in appearance. You will also want to keep in mind the noise is substantial when its raining. If you want a sample of what it is going to sound like when trying to go to sleep check out a commercial building with a metal roof when it is coming down hard one time.
Weight is a major concern when installing a new roof and metal roofing adds a ton of it to your homes existing structure. Consult with an architect and carpenter before making your decision when getting estimates on a new roof if you are interested in using metal as it may require you install additional support beams.
Metal roofing is a lot more complicated to install compared to asphalt shingles and just adds another expense to the cost of the project. When choosing a contractor to install your new roof make sure they have lots of experience with the material they are installing. It can literally be a disastrous learning experience for both parties if an amateur attempts to install a metal roof.
Because of the weight and danger involved in stripping a metal roof you will want to keep in mind that if need be this expense could be nearly triple that of a normal asphalt roof.
The materials used in metal roofing are typically easier to control the quality of compared to asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles have been known to be defective in several circumstances and many major manufactures have suffered immense lawsuits because of this.