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The Pros and Cons of Installing a Metal Roof from Your Denver Roofing Company

February 13, 2019

Every house, no matter how well-maintained, will eventually need to have a new roof installed. While many people choose to install the same types of asphalt shingles they’ve had for decades, others choose to upgrade. And nothing has more appeal for homeowners looking to upgrade their roofing materials than a quality metal roof. But upgrading your roof is not something you should do without weighing the benefits and disadvantages of each material. Your Denver roofers explain the pros and cons of metal roofing. 

The Pros
Metal Roofing is Incredibly Durable
The average metal roof lasts for up to 50 years with proper care and maintenance. This can help keep your annual repair bills lower and keeps you from having to pay for roof replacements every 15 years. Best of all, metal is highly impact-resistant, making it ideal for withstanding those springtime hailstorms Denver is so well-known for.

It’s Energy Efficient
Contrary to popular belief, metal doesn’t just absorb heat and turn your home into an oven. It’s actually one of the most energy-efficient materials on the market. The metal reflects heat during the summer and reduces heat loss from your HVAC system in the winter. Over time, you’ll see a dramatic decrease in energy costs each year.

Gets Rid of Snow Quickly
Denver winters can mean heavy snowfall. With traditional roofing materials, the snow collects and melts slowly. With metal roofs, snow slides off as soon as the sun comes out. This reduces your risk of water damage, ice dams, and other winter roofing issues for years to come.

The Cons
It’s Expensive
Metal roofs run anywhere from $10,000 to $14,000 to install depending on the size of your home. This is about twice the price of standard asphalt shingles. But the durability of metal roofing means you’ll end up paying less over the life of the roof. 

May Require Additional Insulation
Metal roofs can be noisy unless your home has enough insulation in the attic. For some homeowners, this might mean an additional cost during the installation process. If your home does not have enough insulation, more must be added to keep the roof from turning your house into an echo-chamber during severe weather. With insulation, the roof will be just as quiet as any other material on the market.

Rust Can Be a Problem
Metal roofs are sealed with a high-quality paint that protects the metal from the elements. But if that paint is chipped or wears away, the metal can rust. Over time, the rust increases your risk of water damage and leaks. With regular roof inspections, you’ll be able to stay on top of any rust issues before they do serious damage.

Committing to a new roof is a huge investment in your home. Though metal is ideal for many homeowners, it’s not the only option. If you’re considering a roof replacement, contact us to schedule a free estimate. We’ll help you find the best materials for your home and budget so you can feel confident in your roofing choice.