When preparing what to repair or remodel on an existing property or pondering the purchase of your next rehab, one of the considerations is the roof. The roof needs to be sturdy and free of defects, which can allow moisture to penetrate the roof and invade the home. Not fun. But if your inspection doespros and cons of metal roofs indicate a new roof is suggested, you do have two basic choices: composition (shingles) and metal.

Metal roofs have become more and more common these days and come in different styles and shades compared to initial, gray steel models. But what are the pros and cons as well regarding metal roofs?


Lifetime. Metal roofs can last forever. Okay, not forever but for purposes of real estate it’s close. Metal roofs can last anywhere from 40 to 70 years or longer. That’s at least 50 years longer than shingles.

Green. Metal roofs can be 100 percent recycled compared to traditional roofing. The compounds in shingles removed during a teardown can last for decades in a waste dump.

Strength. A minor hailstorm can shred a traditional shingle while today’s metal roofs can withstand such hazards better while staying intact in winds up to 120 miles per hour and keep their shape without peeling, pocking or cracking.

Fireproof. In the instance of a fire, metal roofs won’t burn like an asphalt shingle can.


Price. The biggest detraction of metal roofs is the costs. Metal roofs last much, much longer but can cost up to three times as much as a conventional asphalt based shingle.

Shades. Depending upon the gauge and quality of the metal roof, if water is left standing for very long, the metal roof can be subject to rust.

Movement. Metal roofs are attached by fasteners which connect one metal panel to another. Some panels can contract and expand in the cold and the heat, causing the metal roof to lose integrity.

Noise. Even though metal roofs do have insulation between the metal and the roof of the home, it can still be noisy during a rainstorm or hail.