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Cautions to Take Before Getting a Metal Roof

Cautions to Take Before Getting a Metal Roof

Are you thinking about getting a metal roof for your house? If so, there are some important factors to consider before you take the plunge. Metal roofing offers many benefits, but there are some drawbacks as well. Check out this quick guide before you get a metal roof.

Compare the Cost and Timeline of Metal vs. Shingles

Years after the pandemic, many areas are still experiencing supply chain issues with select roofing materials. This could impact how quickly you can get a metal roof and how much it costs. Talk to your roofer about the timeline and price for metal roofing compared to shingles. Find the option that best aligns with your needs and goals.

Keep in mind that metal roofing tends to last much longer than shingle roofing. If you can wait for installation and don’t mind a slightly higher upfront cost, it may make more sense in the long run. Your roofer can go over these details with you to help you make an informed decision.

Talk to Your Home Insurance Provider about Metal Roof Coverage

Metal roofs are appealing to insurance companies because of their durability and long lifespan. In theory, your insurance premium may go down when you get a metal roof. However, you need to be aware of how your coverage would change with metal instead of shingles. Your insurance plan may not cover cosmetic hail dents if the roof continues to function properly. If you want metal marring coverage, you may need an additional rider on your policy. Discuss these changes with your insurance company before getting a metal roof.

Check with Your Homeowner’s Association If Applicable

If you live in a homeowner’s association, check with the HOA before selecting any roofing material. Your HOA may have a limited selection of colors and materials that they permit for your roof. HOA regulations can be just as powerful and enforceable as local building codes, so it’s important to avoid costly mistakes upfront.

Be Aware of Cell Service Disruptions

Many homeowners complain about cell service disruptions with metal roofs. The roof itself shouldn’t cause a service disruption, but it can enhance an existing issue. If you have low-quality or spotty cell service now, you may have even worse service with a metal roof. Consider switching to a different service provider with better coverage in your area, or talk to your provider about your existing service issues. 

Talk to a Professional Roofing Company to Find out If a Metal Roof Is Right for You

The best way to determine if a metal roof is right for your house is to talk to a licensed local roofer with a good reputation. McLean Roofing and Siding has proudly served Southeast Michigan for decades, and we offer free estimates for roofing installation. Call (248) 524-1111 to schedule a metal roofing quote or learn more about our roofing services.