Is metal roofing a good choice for Ohio?

Posted by Diane Schrantz on December 1st, 2020

If you live in Ohio, you know the importance of good roofing. More and more often the state is being hit with “federal weather disasters,” so you need to make sure your home’s roofing is up to par whether you live in Cleveland, Cincinnati, or Perrysburg.

If you are thinking of hiring a roofing contractor, Perrysburg, Cleveland and other Ohio cities can advise you on the best materials for your roof. Metal roofs are getting more popular in Ohio for a lot of good reasons, but they’re not without their drawbacks. To give you some idea, here are some pros and cons of metal roofing in regards to the Ohio climate.

Pros of metal roofing

  • Very durable in various harsh weather conditions. The chief benefit of metal roofs in states with such volatile climates like Ohio is their durability. Metal easily sheds rainwater, melts snow and can support its weight, and it’s generally difficult to damage.
  • Long-lasting. The high durability of a metal roof translates to a longer lifespan. A good metal roof can last as long as 50 years with little to no upkeep. In comparison, asphalt shingles need to be replaced after 15-20 years.
  • Various aesthetic options. The idea of a metal roof may not sound too visually appealing at first but this type of roofing can actually look great. Metal roofs from any good roofing company Perrysburg or Cincinnati has to offer should come in various types – standard seam design, shingles, or slate. They can also be made in multiple colors.
  • Environmentally-friendly. Unlike asphalt shingles which are a petroleum product, the metal that goes into metal roofs is extracted in much more environmentally-friendly ways.
  • Energy-efficient. The reflective properties of metal roofs make them very energy-efficient. Both in the summer heat and during cold winters, a good metal roof should reduce both heating and cooling costs throughout the year.

Cons of metal roofing

  • Metal roofs can be very noisy. Whether hail or just a light rain, metal roofs tend to amplify the sound instead of muffling it. Fortunately, there are remedies to that and any decent roofing company Perrysburg has should be able to add insulation to your metal roof at an acceptable additional cost.
  • Metal can be dented. These days, a high-quality metal roof shouldn’t be easy to dent by things such as snow or ice, however large hail or fallen branches may dent even the most durable metal roof. Then again, these objects could also damage other types of roofing as well. At the very least, make sure your metal roofing is strong enough for you to walk on without damaging the shingles.
  • Metal roofs can be expensive. Metal roofing comes with a significant installation cost as well as a higher intital material cost. In fact, metal roofs are 2-3 times more expensive than other types of roofing, especially when you add the insulation. However, this higher up front cost is offset  over time by the longer lifespan and higher durability.

Potential for rust. As with anything else, if there’s metal involved, rust is a possibility. However, any good roofing contractor Perrysburgor other Ohio cities have to offer should work with high-quality metals that eliminate that risk.

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