The Pros And Cons Of Residential Metal Roofing

Metal roofing for residential homes used to be rare but it has gained massively in popularity over the last decade. This is not only because of the many benefits metal can provide but also because of the advances in metal roofing technology with options like standing seam roofing and PVC coatings. If you're in the process of choosing a roofing material for your home, you should consider these pros and cons of metal roofing.


Energy Efficiency

As a homeowner, you don't often expect to spend money in one area of your home and then save money elsewhere as a direct result, but that's exactly what you can achieve by choosing metal roofing for your residential home. That's because metal roofing reflects thermal energy away from your home, unlike other popular roofing materials like asphalt shingles that absorb thermal radiation. That means your home will be cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, reducing your energy bills.


Choosing metal roofing for your home is a once-in-a-lifetime choice because it will likely last for the entire lifetime of your home and maybe even you. This material can last up to 70 years in some cases for a high-quality product that is professionally installed and consistently maintained.

Rain and Snow Shedding

Residential roofing is popular in Canada because of its superb ability to shed rain and snow to avoid puddling and heavy snow accumulation. The material collects that thermal radiation from the sun on its surface, creating a warming effect at the bottom of the snow pile that will soon send the snow sliding off the roof and the thermal radiation into the air. This is especially true if you choose a darker shade for your roofing material.



Metal roofing has a higher upfront cost than traditional materials like asphalt shingles. However, because of its longevity and other benefits, many homeowners feel that the additional one-time costs are worth it in the long run.


Metal roofing can be dented if you live in an area with a high probability of hail storms or if you live in an area with high winds and a lot of nearby vegetation like tree branches that could be blown onto the roof. However, it's rare that any of these issues would cause a puncture.


There is a chance that you will hear the patter of raindrops on your metal roofing. For people with noise sensitivity, this can be unbearable, though many find the sound pleasant.

For more information on roofing, contact a company near you.