Deciding what material to choose for the roof of your home is an important decision to make for any homeowner. With so many different options available, how do you decide which materials are right for your home? Metal is a popular choice for roofing in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. But, is metal roofing a popular choice for a good reason, or is it just cheap and easy? In this post from the Cloud Roofing blog, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of metal roofing in San Antonio and the surrounding areas.
Pros of Metal Roofing
There are a number of benefits of metal roofing, especially in San Antonio where hail storms are fairly common.
It’s no question that metal is among the most durable materials around when it comes to roofing. Metal roofing can really take a beating, and that’s important in areas where hail storms are prevalent, like San Antonio. When deciding upon a roofing material, consider metal if you find that your roof is frequently damaged by hail storms and other acts of nature.
Another benefit of metal roofing is how long the material holds up. When properly installed and given the right maintenance, it’s common for metal roofing to last intact for up to 50 years. For comparison, other roofing materials need to be replaced at a maximum of 20 years. In most cases, homeowners would be lucky to have a roof not made of metal last for the lifespan of the warranty, which is typically that 20-year mark.
Metal roofing is known for being one of the most versatile materials in the industry. Given the simple nature of metal, it’s entirely safe to paint, stain, and do just about anything else to the roof that makes it better match the style of your home. With the right paints and materials, it’s possible to style your metal roofing like wood, clay, ceramic, or any other commonly used roofing material.
Fast Installation Times
For roofing companies and homeowners in a rush, metal roofing is a popular option due to how fast it is to install. Metal roofing’s ability to be installed quickly can be accredited to the way metal roofing is manufactured. Typically, metal roofing comes in long strips, cut to the length of the top of the house. This makes install time a breeze, compared to traditional tile and shingle roofing which need to be installed piece by piece.
There are also a few downsides to having a metal roof on your home. For many homeowners, these are easy to ignore due to some of the specific benefits like longevity and durability. That being said, for some, these cons are annoyances that can not be overlooked. Read on to learn some of the cons of metal roofing.
Noisier Than Other Roofing Materials
In a heavy rain or hail storm, metal roofing is much more likely to be noisy as compared to other roofing materials like slate or tile. This noise problem is not necessarily exclusive to metal roofing, though. Any sort of thinner roofing material will be subject to more noise than a thicker roofing material would be. If you find that the pitter-patter of rain on a metal roof is too annoying to deal with, then metal roofing may not be the right option for your home.
Metal Roofing Can Dent
As with anything that’s made of metal, it’s possible for metal roofing to dent. Thinner, cheaper made metal roofing is much more subject to denting though, which is unlike the metal roofing we install here at Cloud Roofing. Older metal roofs installed in the San Antonio area are likely to be riddled with dents from the common hail storms in the area. With that being said, newer metal roofing material is much less prone to denting, and denting is not commonly an issue with the roofs we install here at Cloud Roofing.
Metal Can Expand & Contract
As metal roofing warms and cools, it can expand and contract accordingly. On hot days, this can give metal roofing a wavy effect, and over time, can result in fasteners pulling loose. But, most new metal roofing is installed with fastening systems that accommodate for this minor movement. At Cloud Roofing, we always make sure to securely fasten metal roofing to ensure that this movement does not affect the structural integrity of the roof.
For Metal Roofing in San Antonio and The Surrounding Areas, Trust Cloud Roofing
At Cloud Roofing, we've been performing metal roofing services in San Antonio for decades. We’re well-versed in the different kinds of metal roofing, and can help you find the right kind of metal roofing for your home or business. Whether you need a metal roof replacement, repair, or a new metal roof altogether, Cloud Roofing always has you, and your family covered. To learn more, or to get an entirely free estimate, give us a call or contact us online today.