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Pros and cons of Metal Roofs in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Updated: May 19, 2023

Pros and cons of Metal Roofs

Hibbard Roofing & Construction is your go to company when it comes to metal roofing in Lafayette, Louisiana. We have multiple blogs you can read through to answer all of your metal roofing questions.

Whether you are purchasing a residence with a metal roof or contemplating about installing a metal roof, here's what you should know.

Whether you are installing a roof on a new residence, or your current roof is in need of repairs, there are multiple kinds of metal roofs for homes. No matter what roof style you have, metal roofs can be a stunning option because of their longevity, energy efficiency, and maintenance free qualities m. Material choices include steel (galvanized, gavalume, or weathering), aluminum, copper, tin and zinc.

Types of metal roofs are standing seam, metal roof panels, and granular coated panels. Different styles allow you to have metal roofs that look like shingles, tile, slate, vertical panels or Shake.

Be sure your metal roofing product is quality tested and controlled, labeled and listed with a testing organization such as intertek, FM Approvals or UL to meet rigorous impact, wind, and fire resistance rating requirements. You must also keep in mind that installation instructions can differ from building code requirements, manufacturer guidelines, and location.

Convenience of metal roofs

Metal roofs have many advantages, including:

  • Lifespan. Metal roofs can last 40-75 years, depending on the material. Traditional asphalt roofing materials have an estimated life expectancy of roughly 12-25 years.

  • Endurance. If installed correctly, some metal roofs can sustain wind gusts up to 150 miles per hour, will not corrode or crack and may be impact-resistant (depending on which product you choose). In addition, metal roofs don't need the periodic costly maintenance that other roofing materials often require. However, they should be inspected periodically to make sure no repairs are required.

  • Fire Retardant. Metal roofs will not spark and ignite into flames during a wildfire or lightning strike.

  • Efficient. Metal roofs reflect the suns UV and infrared light rays that contribute to roof surface radiant heat, which can result in a 10-25% reduction in cooling costs.

  • Environmentally Conscious. Metal roofs not only have 25-99% recycled content, depending on the material used, but are also 100% recyclable at the end of their life as a roof. In contrast, most shingle tear-off waste ends up as part of the building-related waste stream — up to 19 billion pounds per year.

  • Discounts on insurance premiums

Disadvantages of metal roofs

  • Expense of metal roofs. Metal roofs can be as much as two or three times more expensive than other roofing materials. While the life of a metal roof is much longer, investing in a metal roof only makes sense if you plan to stay in your home long enough to enjoy the cost benefits.

  • Noise. Metal roofs may be more noisy during a heavy rain or hailstorm than other products depending on the type of decking used during installation (spaced or solid). Adding more attic insulation can sometimes solve this problem, but that may increase costs.

  • Expansion, contraction and fasteners.Metal roofing material assemblies that are attached as large panels are designed to expand and contract as they warm and cool. However, both exposed and concealed fasteners have varying lifespans. Depending on the climate, neoprene washers and the screws used during installation may degrade and become dislodged over time.

  • Color match. If a repair is required or a home extension is added years later, it may be difficult to find an exact match to the existing metal.

  • Performance. If water accumulates anywhere on the roof because of poor-quality installation or repair, it can eventually cause serious damage. Low-grade metals may also be thinner gauge and less durable. Some metals rust in certain climates or dent more easily than others during hailstorms or from installing

For any questions or concerns that are about metal roofing feel free to contact us here or call us at (337)366-0814 and we will gladly answer all of your questions to get you on the right track.


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