Dear Monica: I see several new homes being built in my community and many have metal roofs.  What are the pros and cons of using this type of roofing material?  Richard H.


Dear Richard:  Metal roofs are coming into style and have many advantages over shake and composite roofs.  They last much longer than other roofs, are non-combustible, and because they reflect sun and heat, they can keep your home cooler.  The best roofs are aluminum or copper, the latter being the most expensive.  Metal roofs don’t crack, warp, leak or wear out, although they can be dented by hail stones or by walking on them.  Metal is a first rate roofing material and can even be recycled at the end of its life.


The most common reason many homeowners have for not installing a metal roof is the cost.  Metal roofs are much more expensive than other types and make economic sense if one is going to live in a house for a long time.   However buyers like the fact that they don’t have to reroof so there is value added even if you sell the house.  If installation costs come down you will likely see metal roofs on many more homes.