Metal Roofing: Pros and Cons

Metal roofing systems have been in use for years, and many metal roofing systems installed years ago are still holding strong. In fact, the average life expectancy of a metal roof is 50 years or more! With all these benefits, it would seem like there’s no choice to be made: why wouldn’t someone want to go with a metal roofing system that could last half a century, while a traditional asphalt roofing system only lasts for 20 years or so? Let’s explore some of the pros and cons of metal roofing systems.

ProsThis home has a standing seam metal roofing system.

Metal roofing systems can reflect a great amount of sunlight back, reducing temperatures in your
attic space and helping to prevent the “heat island” effect. This is especially beneficial when it comes to monthly cooling bills. They are very durable, providing protection against hail, wind, rain, and small debris. As technology has advanced, there have been a number of developments in the styles and colors available when it comes to metal roofing. There are even stone-coated metal shingles that give the appearance of more traditional slate roofing.


These roofing systems are very heavy, and many structures will need to be modified before they can hold a metal roof. As with other roofing systems, they are only recommended for roofs that have a high enough slope, and they will require regular maintenance to prevent ice dams from forming. These roofing systems can outlast the paint applied to them, and so they may eventually require re-painting to maintain that same level of aesthetic value. Because the materials and installation methods used are more involved than with traditional roofing systems, a metal roof is much more expensive to have installed upfront.

With these considerations, you can assess our property and determine if metal roofing is ideal for your property. If you decide that metal roofing is the right choice for you, call Aline Roofing at (817) 984-9961