10 Things You Don’t (But Need To) Know About Metal Roofing


Choosing a new roof can feel like a daunting task. It does, after all, cover your entire home. Before you decide on a roofing material, it’s important to consider all of your options. In recent years, metal roofing has come into the roofing industry spotlight–and with good reason. There are lots of advantages to selecting a metal roof for your home. Here are our top ten.


1. Value

Though they require a larger investment upfront, metal roofs last longer and are more durable than traditional asphalt shingle roofing, which means you’ll end up paying less in the long run.

2. Design PossibilitiesCTA-Sagging-Buckling-Ugly

Metal roofing comes in hundreds of colors and textures, making it easy to customize your roof to complement the look of your home. Metal roofing can even be made to mimic other roofing materials like a shingle, tile, or slate. Metal roofs are no longer the rusted mess of the olden days. Protective coating now keeps them looking new and prevents dents and scuffs.

3. Superior Durability

Metal roofing is reliable in even the most adverse conditions. It can withstand salty air, aggressive hail, and heavy snow. Metal roofs are also less susceptible to ice dams and snow banks than asphalt roofs.

4. Energy Efficiency

Metal roofing reflects solar heat and light during the summer, which keeps your building cooler and saves on air conditioning costs. During the winter, a metal roof reflects heat back into your building, which saves on heating costs. That means you’ll be saving money as soon as your metal roof is installed–even if it’s the dead of winter.

5. Winter Installation

Unlike traditional asphalt shingle roofs, metal roofs can be easily installed in the winter. Metal roofing doesn’t need to be sealed like traditional roofing, which typically requires warm sunlight to properly set. If you’re in a crunch and need a new roof soon, a metal roof might be the right choice for you!

6. Lightweight

Metal roofs are lighter than other roofing materials, making them easier on your home’s structure as well as easier to install. Despite their light weight, metal roofs are incredibly durable.

7. Fire Resistance

In comparison to asphalt roofing, metal roofing is much more fire resistant. Metal roofs have the highest fire rating of any other material in the roofing industry.

8. Variety

Metal roofing comes in a variety of materials, each with its own advantages. While steel is the most common option, other metals like aluminum, zinc, titanium, and copper are all potential roofing materials.

9. Environmental Friendliness

Metal roofing is typically made primarily of recycled materials. It also saves energy and makes your roof the perfect candidate for solar energy. You can also install a metal roof over your existing roof to cut back on the materials you take to the landfill.

10. Durability

Metal roofing typically lasts much longer than asphalt shingle roofing. When properly installed and maintained, metal roofs can last up to 100 years. That means if you decide on a metal roof, it could be the last roof you ever have to buy.

If you need of a new roof, Hedrick Construction in ready to assist. We've proudly served customers in Central Iowa for more than a decade. Whether you decide on a traditional roof or opt for a metal roof, we’ve got you covered. Get your free estimate today.