Pros and Cons of Different Roof Types

Which Roof is Best for Your Home or Business?

Pros

Standard and cost effective roofing system that we offer in a variety of colors.

Consistency with other houses in the area.

Variety of colors and textures for a traditional aesthetics.

Cons

The color of surface granules cause dark tones.

Can be boring and dull because it is commonly found on other homes.

Pros

Design allows for easy expansion and contraction.

Cost efficient.

Made from steel, aluminum, copper or zinc.

Cons

High maintenance to keep water tight, because of rubber gaskets need to be replaced.

Pros

Natural slate and wood shake aesthetic.

High impact hail rating.

No rotting shingles.

Insect resistant.

Cons

Not all homes are eligible for this roofing, because it is a very heavy roofing material.

Some homes must be re-framed and reinforced to support additional weight.

Pros

Metal roofs are very safe, and will not spark and ignite into flames during a wildfire or lightning strike.

Reflect solar radiant heat, which can reduce cooling costs by 10-25%.

Depending on the material used, metal roofs are 25-95% recycled content. They are also 100% recyclable when you no longer need them.

Cons

Can be as much as two or three times more expensive than other roofing materials.

Metal roofs can be noisy, especially during a heavy rain or hailstorm.

Metal roofing materials that are attached as large panels tend to expand and contract. If they are not properly installed with fasteners that allow the metal to “breathe,” the panels may loosen.

Metal roofs can be inconsistent and difficult to color match. If a repair is required or a home extension is added years later, it may be difficult to find an exact match to the existing metal.

If water accumulates anywhere on the roof because of poor-quality installation or repair, it can eventually cause serious damage.