Metal roofing materials have long been associated with barns, cabins, and sheds. However, in recent years, they’ve gained popularity for residential applications. They are sturdy, available in many colors, and last an incredibly long time.
The upfront costs are high but can pay off in the long run. A metal roof can run $120-900 per hundred square feet of material, depending on the type of metal you choose. On the other end of that investment, they carry warranties of 30-50 years, and often outlast their warranties by 10-20 years.
Metal roofs are less susceptible to damage from wind, rain, and hail. However, when they are damaged, it is a bigger project to repair. DIY is nearly impossible to do safely, so professionals should do the repairs to avoid injury or further damage. Metal roofs can be damaged by falling branches and debris or walking on them improperly.
The tools and skills needed are of a higher level than those needed for shingles. They often require full panel replacements. The materials are cumbersome and may need to be cut to size and retrofit into the neighboring panels.
The materials available for metal roofs have expanded over the years, and now include hundreds of colors of tin and aluminum, steel, and even hammered copper. There is a metal roof for nearly every home style to fit any aesthetic.