Pros & cons of metal roofing

July 21, 2015 - 2 min read

Are you sick of your old tiled roof? Want to get a more modern structure that will stand the test of time? There are a variety of choices you can make when it comes to putting a roof over your head, each with their own pros and cons.

Choosing a metal roof is becoming an increasingly popular decision for new homeowners and renovators but why is that? We’ve done our research and found out exactly what makes metal roofing such a great idea, as well as a few downsides you need to take into account.


Life expectancy

The lifespan of your metal roof will vary depending on the brand used and the weather conditions in your area. Generally, you can expect them to last from 30 to 70 years—often the paint will be the first thing to fade or chip. There are a number of warranties available depending on the supplier and installer of your metal roofing, so be sure to check before laying your money down!


Compared to concrete tile roofing, metal roofing is extremely lightweight. If you’re thinking about building a house with a metal roof, you can downsize the amount roof support you’ll need—talk to your local builder for more information!


In Australia we can be faced with some extreme weather conditions. Unlike other roofing materials, metal can cop extreme weather conditions during both winter and summer—over an extended period of time—without cracking and corroding.


Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, reducing costs to cool your home and they are also 100% recyclable. So you can look after the environment while putting a roof over your head!


Installation Cost

When it comes to metal roofing you pay for what you get. The cost of materials and labour are more expensive than other types of roofs. However, because of its long-term durability and low maintenance cost you can save money in the long run.


Whether it’s torrential rain banging on your roof or the sound of it expanding and contracting in the morning, it’s no secret that metal roofing is noisy. You can try adding sound-proofing insulation to stop the drumming affect, but there’s no guarantees it will work effectively.


If you’ve suffered damage to your roof from hail or other unforeseen circumstances, it’s more difficult to replace a damaged roof sheet than it would be to replace an individual concrete tile. Also, if you want to renovate in 10 to 20 years, it can be difficult to match the materials.