Federal Way Roofing: Article About Pros and Cons Of Metal Roofs
The wet, rainy weather in the Puget Sound area is very hard on roofs. Because they never really dry out, the shingles tend to break down more quickly than in other climates. Mold and algae often take up residence on the roof and render it unsightly as they hasten the destruction of the shingles. Pine needles can back up water and send it seeping under the shingles.
Some residents of the area may wonder if perhaps a different type of roof, made of a sturdier substance like metal, might be better suited to the climate. Metal roofs have always been around but have never achieved the popularity of other types of roofs. Federal Way Roofing has extensive experience with installing and repairing metal roofs.
Metal roofs can be made of tin, steel, aluminum or copper. Copper is rarely seen these days due to the expense. A good galvanized steel roof can last more than 60 years. A tin roof can last 40 to 50 years. The average algae-infested asphalt shingle roof in the Washington state area might not even make it 10 years. Metal is resistant to mold, algae and rot.
Metal roofs can be installed much more quickly than asphalt shingles. Most metal roofing comes in large pieces that are easier to install than shingles. If your roofers are trying to put on a new roof before the next rain storm arrives, this can be a distinct advantage in wet climates.
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Metal roofs reflect the sunlight during hot sunny afternoons, which can save on air conditioning in warmer areas. However, this may be a disadvantage in the Puget Sound area. Metal roofs are completely impervious to snow and rain; due to the way metal roofs are constructed, it just slides off. Water back up and seepage under shingles doesn't happen with metal roofs.
A potential drawback of older types of metal roofing in a wet climate is the noise. Rain drumming on a metal roof produces a lot more noise than rain on a shingled roof. Some people enjoy the sound of rain on a metal roof. Special insulation can, however, be installed under metal roofs to reduce the sound, and most modern metal roofs are as quiet as asphalt shingle roofs.
Metal roofs also cost more up-front to install, but their much longer lifespan may more than make up for the extra cost. Many metal roofs cannot be walked on, which can complicate repair work. Paintwork on metal roofs may need to be re-done after 30 or 40 years to keep the roof looking good. Overall, though, metal roofs are a good option for wet, rainy climates.