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Question DetailsAsked on 10/14/2013

Is metal roofing in Memphis worth the cost (compared to normal shingles)?

I'm at the stage where I need to have my house re-roofed and I'm considering going with a metal one. However, 2 of the guys giving estimates discouraged going with a metal roof, but I don't know if that was more personal opinion as opposed to a professional evaluation based on the info I've found so far.

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Check out the other responses in the Home > Roofing link right under your question.

If you google this search term - roof materials angies - you will find several links to articles and TV interviews with Angie's List regarding selection of roofing materials and the pros and cons of each.

I would not be surprised that about 2/3 roofers try to steer you to shingle roofs - very few roofers do metal roofs, because it takes many more tools and a higher level of expertise, requires more use of safety gear, and there are far, far fewer jobs out there demanding it, so in any given area there tend to be only a few who do residential metal roofs.

Certainly, a metal roof costs 2-3 times that of a shingle roof, but also has 2-3 times the life. Biggest upside - if a commercial gage steel is used, far less prone to damage from hail or wind, and if kept painted (very infrquently needs it) does not degrade significantly with age. Downside - primarily from the noise in rain and particularly hail (which really bothers some people), and the slab sliding of snow in winter resulting in having to reroute walks at times, having to avoid parking cars close to the edge of the overhang, some scares when you slam the door and it comes off right in your face, and really nasty shovelling if you don't get to the fallen snow before it freezes into an icy berm. People who put up snow fences or tabs to stop it from sliding learn the hard way that intentionally building an ice dam on your roof is NOT a bright idea.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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