Metal roofing is about as safe as any other roofing material, but it’s still necessary to be informed about potential hazards. It’s a bit trickier to walk across metal roofs, especially if you have no experience doing so. This could be a complication of a repairman needs to access your roof for anything, like checking on the chimney. Checking with the guys who installed your roof is the best way to be informed on the right way to walk your roof. Be extra careful after rainstorms, too, as the metal could become slippery depending on the finish you chose.
Dents and Dings
The materials used in metal roofing are extremely strong and durable, but it’s still possible for them to get bent out of shape under extreme conditions like heavy hail. It’s more likely for the finish to get scratched or dinged than for the metal itself to suffer any damage. Most metal roofs are guaranteed for years because they typically do not get damaged, so you’ll likely be covered should something harsh come by.
Matching the Metal
It’s typical for metal roofing to be installed in large sheets or sectioned. It could potentially be difficult to replace these should they become damaged (which is unlikely, as previously explained). It’s always best to prepare for the worst case scenario, so having a good relationship with your contractor is recommended. Make sure that they will be able to match the specific metal used in your roof should it become damaged. If they can’t, it might be best to find someone who can and keep their number handy. This will be important if you ever need to modify the roof because you want to expand the house or for any other reason.
Of everything on this list, the biggest downside to metal roofing materials is the initial cost of installation. Hands down. But you get what you pay for. Metal roofing has been shown to save you money in the long run by reducing energy costs and requiring minimal maintenance. So if you plan on sticking around in your current location for only a few years, this probably isn’t the solution for you. If you’re in it for the long haul, then metal roofing will be there with you, decade after decade. Don’t let sticker shock scare you away from a roofing solution which should be thought of as a beautiful and practical investment into your home.