Although asphalt shingles may be the most common type of roof covering, metal roofing has started to catch the eye of some homeowners. Realtor.com’s Jennifer Geddes says it had a 14% market share in 2016, up from 11% from the year before. Like most building material choices, the product has its advantages, such as durability, and disadvantages, such as its price. Check out some of the other pros and cons below.
- Metal roofing lasts 50 years—or longer: "Rubber and asphalt shingles are fine for 15 to 20 years, but they'll deteriorate over time, due to weather, wind, heat, insects, and rodents," says Cedric Stewart, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties in Washington, DC. And metal won't corrode, crack, or catch sparks and ignite into flames from a lightning strike.
- Metal can save energy and the environment: Who doesn't want to save on heating and cooling costs? "This type of roof reflects solar radiant heat, which can reduce cooling costs by up to 30%," says Hagen.
- It’s noisy: The pitter-patter of raindrops may be soothing for some homeowners, but on a metal roof, the noise factor can be a serious drawback. The good news is that there are ways to mitigate the sound—but you'll have to pony up. Materials can be installed to reduce the drumming effect for an additional fee.
- Metal costs more: "Metal roofs can cost three times more than other materials," says Hagen. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost of installing asphalt shingles is $3,700, while metal roofing costs around $7,795 to install.