Farm Horizons, April 2016

Metal roofs: What’s the racket?

By Jarrod Peterson

Metal roofs have become increasingly popular over the last few years over the conventional roofing style: shingles.

There are many reasons why people prefer metal over shingles. But, as with everything, there are pros and cons.

Here are the pros:

Life expectancy: If installed properly, the metal roof out-performs shingles in many aspects including sealing out water, surviving high winds, and shedding snow. Not to mention, metal roofs also fire, mildew, and insect resistance. They don’t rot, and include a 20- to 50-year warranty.

They are also efficient. Metal reflects radiant heat from the sun, and that minimizes midday heat, meaning a customer can save energy needed for air conditioning.

One big con of having a metal is the cost. Depending on the type, 100 square feet can cost between $150-$600. But that difference can easily be made up over time because of the durability of the roof.

Another con is loud noise. We see all types of weather living in Minnesota. Rain, sleet, and hail are all part of the equation. Rain and sleet is loud, while hail can dent the roof.

Expansion and contraction of metal is also another con. But companies have created new fastening systems to accommodate movement.

When it comes down to it, metal roofs last longer and are better able to handle the crazy Minnesota weather patterns. However, there is only one thing that really matters — personal preference.

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