Residential Metal Roofing: Advantages & Disadvantages

Residential Metal Roofing: Advantages & Disadvantages

Among the many materials used in modern residential roofing, metal roofing has become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional asphalt shingles. Typically constructed of steel, aluminum or copper strips, metal roofing offers great protection for your home and has countless advantages.

Metal Roofing Benefits

Some of the many advantages of metal roofing:

  • Lightweight & portable: About ¼ the weight of a tile roof, and roughly ½ the weight of asphalt shingles.
  • Durability: Metal roofing is highly resistant to hail and wind damage.  It is also more resistant to fire, and can last up to three times the lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof.
  • Low-maintenance: Most metal roofing products require very little or no maintenance.
  • Energy efficiency: Metal roofs are considered among the most energy efficient types of roofs. They reflect a greater share of the sun’s rays and, depending on any coating applied to the metal, homes may see a savings of 20 to 30 percent on air conditioning costs.
  • Style: More than any other roofing material, metal roofs are available in a wide array of colors, styles, and textures. Metal roofing can greatly enhance the appeal of a home. Copper roofing, in particular, is a very attractive option. Over time, copper roof changes color, adding character and beauty to a home.

Disadvantages of Metal Roofing

Of course, any roofing option has disadvantages to consider, but the advantages of metal roofing far outweigh these factors.

  • Cost: The initial expense of a metal roof is generally higher than other roofing options. As the price of oil continues to rise, however, the cost difference between metal and asphalt roofing is beginning to narrow—since oil is a primary ingredient in asphalt shingles.
  • Noise: Metal roofs can be noisier than other alternatives.
  • Snow: Accumulated snow may slide off of metal roofs, causing damage and injury to people and property below. Properly installed snow guards are often used to stop snow from sliding.

There are also a couple of common misconceptions regarding metal roofing. There is some concern among homeowners that hail will dent their roof, but many reputable metal roofing materials are produced with a guarantee against denting. Another concern is whether lightning may be attracted to a metal roof, but this concern has proven to be unfounded.

Call All Roofing Solutions to Learn More

To learn more about competitively priced metal roofing options contact All Roofing Solutions, your family run and operated Delaware roofer.  With over 15 years of experience installing all types of roofs, we have the expertise and knowledge to handle any type of project, residential or commercial.

To schedule your FREE roofing estimate contact our Delaware team at 302-725-ROOF (7663), or our Pennsylvania crew at 610-551-ROOF (7663).  And don’t forget to ask about our discount of $400 off any complete roofing installation job!!!


  1. Posted October 19, 2016 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Note on the noise issue with metal roofing – if you install metal roofing over open framing, you will have significant noise because the open space between supports act as a type of “drum”. If you install metal roofing over solid decking such as OSB or plywood, combined with a properly insulated attic, there is very little noise difference compared to standard asphalt shingles.

  2. Posted October 28, 2016 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    There has been no recorded injury pertaining lighting that has been attracted by a metal roof.

  3. Posted November 14, 2016 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    I definitely agree with your idea about metal roofing. If I’m going to choose a roof I will choose a metal roof because metal roofs look better and last longer.

  4. Posted November 29, 2016 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I appreciate the information on sheet metal roofing. I had no idea that sheet metal roofing was actually so beneficial compared to the other types of roofing. I would imagine that in the long run sheet metal is a lot easier to take care of and saves you more money. My brother is looking into getting some new roofing for his house, I will be sure to share this with him.

  5. Posted December 8, 2016 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    I like your comment on how metal roofs can last three times longer than traditional roofs. I would imagine that if you want your roof to last a long time metal would be a good option. I’m looking for a new roof material for my home so maybe I should talk to a roofer about installing a metal roof.

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