Is Metal Roofing the Best for Aussie Homes?

June 16, 2019 - 3 min read

When it comes to your home, is it worth investing in metal roofing? We look at the pro’s and con’s of one of Australia’s most popular roofing choices.

Metal roofing has become a more popular option for Australian homes in recent decades, and for good reason. Metal roofs are known for being highly durable and aesthetically pleasing to look at with virtually any type of house. While metal roofs used to be limited in terms of style, today’s metal roofing materials come in a wide range of options that will leave even the most style-conscious homeowner pleased.

While there are many reasons more Australians are choosing metal roofs over other options, it’s not without its drawbacks. Here, you will learn what the main considerations are when it comes time to choose which type of roofing material you want to go with for your home.

Blue house with metal roof tiles

Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

There are generally more pros to choosing a metal roof than cons – this is one reason the option has risen in popularity so quickly. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making your decision.

Pro: Metal roofs are highly durable

While roofs made from tile, wood and similar materials usually have a life of 10-20 years at most, metal roofs are designed to last as long as your home. With a quality metal roof in place, there is a good chance you will never have to replace your roof again as long as you are in the home. Not having to worry about constant maintenance, repairs, and replacements is a huge factor in many homeowners choosing to go with metal roofing.

Light grey roof tile

Pro: Metal roofing comes in a wide range of styles

There is a virtually endless number of colours you can choose when you go with a metal roof. While the hues used to be fairly limited, there are now metal roof materials in just about any colour you can imagine. This allows homeowners to go with something that easily coordinates with their surrounding exterior design. You can really have a little fun and choose a roof colour that highlights your home’s best features – from dark and subdued, to something bright and eye-catching so the roof is the star of the show.

Pro: Metal roofs are easy to install

By comparison, metal roofing is relatively easy to install compared to tile and other materials. That not only means that ambitious DIY homeowners might be able to figure out how to install it themselves, but it also means a faster installation by professional roofing specialists as well. Faster installation can also mean lowered labor costs and less time waiting for the roof to be finished.

Con: Metal roofs are expensive

The primary drawback to choosing a metal roof is that they do cost more upfront than their tile and wood counterparts. This is the main reason some people choose another option when it comes time to choosing a roof material. That said, since metal roofing will last considerably longer than other materials, the costs usually even out in the long run, even when compared to extremely inexpensive options.

Large house with metal roof tiles

How Expensive Are Metal Roofs?

The big question many people have is exactly HOW expensive a metal roof will be. This depends on a wide range of factors, including the pitch of your roof, the size of your house, type of metal roof you choose and other factors. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $70 per square metre, although this will vary from roofer to roofer and brand to brand.

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