What are the pros and cons of metal roofing?
Let's start with the pros:
Special coatings can be applied to metal roofing to make it deflect the radiant heat of sunlight, keeping a home's interior cooler and more comfortable during summer months. Solar arrays can also be installed on a metal roof, so metal roofing can represent a "green" choice for your home.
Now for the cons:
Metal roofing costs more than ordinary asphalt shingles. Lower-grade metal can have a finish that degrades over time, so be sure to ask about a warranty on the finish. Metal roofs can be damaged from flying debris during extreme storms.
As with all the materials you specify when building your dream home, roofing presents an opportunity for you to create a distinctive style. It's also another area where you'll need to weigh upfront costs versus costs spread out over the lifetime of your home.
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