Metal, also known as “forever roof,” is the top choice for residential (and even industrial) roofing and re-roofing. It is better than asphalt roof shingles, which only provide temporary and less-durable protection.
However, that does not mean that metal is the perfect roofing material. Like anything else, it has pros and cons.
Metal Roofing Pros
Durability and longevity
Metal roof shingles are far sturdier and longer-lasting than asphalt shingles, making them a fine choice in residential roofing. If you use metal roofing, you can forget about re-roofing because they last up to three times longer than asphalt. That means they can last up to 60 years.
And if your roof is made of copper and zinc, it can last 100 years. Also, unlike asphalt shingles, metal roofing is more resistant to and can withstand any weather, temperature, and climate, contributing to its longevity.
Resistant to moss and fungus build-up
Metal, unlike asphalt, rejects mildew, mold, and moss. Fungus and mold can compromise the structural integrity of asphalt roof shingles and cut their life short. If you skip sealing and maintenance, moss, and fungus can grow uncontrollably, and your asphalt will only last half its expected lifespan.
All of this means that asphalt requires a lot of work and attention, and even then, it will still not last as long as metal roofing.
Resistant to animal infestation
Most animals that terrorize residential areas, such as pests, rodents, and raccoons, are used to conquering the woods. So, they won’t affect your metal roof.
Metal Roofs Cons
With all the advantages that come with it, it’s no surprise that metal roofs come at a hefty price. But you can opt for corrugated and ribbed metal, which has a similar price to asphalt.
Not ideal for short-term residence
If where you’re living now is not your permanent residence, metal roofing might not be a good idea. You will be paying too much without experiencing its benefits for too long.
All in all, metal roofing is an excellent choice for your permanent residence. It’s costly as an upfront investment, but it will save you money in the long run for its lack of need for maintenance and resistance to harsh weather, elements, and animals.