Metal roofing isn’t the most popular roofing material, but it has it’s merits. Most notably, metal roofing has longevity, yet it’s relatively inexpensive (especially in comparison to materials like slate). But the benefits don’t stop there…

The Benefits of Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is long lasting, safe, efficient, durable in the face of damage, and surprisingly environmentally friendly. Since metal takes decades to deteriorate, you can expect your metal roof to last for 40 years or more (it can even last nearly a century with proper care). That’s miles ahead of other roofing materials, like asphalt shingles or wood shake roofs, which may only last a decade or two. Metal is also a safer roofing material than others, since it is completely fire proof. In addition, metal roofing is especially efficient if they are properly installed, since they reflect sunlight and heat away from the home. Metal roofs can also withstand a bombardment from mother nature. Hail, snow, rain, wind—you name it, metal roofs can handle it. Finally, metal roofs can be entirely recycled, which makes their environmental impact minute compared to other roofing materials.

Weighing the Costs

Now, there are some drawbacks to metal roof. Take into consideration their cost, the noise they produce, and the necessity for precise installation. Roofs aren’t the cheapest material available for roofing. Metal roofs can cost twice or thrice as much as asphalt roofs. On the other hand, metal roofs are still far less expensive than slate roofs (as we mentioned above), and their durability may make the one-time cost well worth it. Metal roofs are undeniably noisier than any other roofing material when rain or hail are pouring out of the sky (some folks like the noise though). On top of that, a professional roofing installer must be cautious to install metal roofing properly. Without proper installation, leaks are more likely, and expansion and contraction of the roofing material can result in a warped roof and a lack of protection from moisture.


Well, the aesthetic appeal of metal roofing is purely subjective. Some folks like the sheen of a metal roof and it’s complete uniformity. Others prefer to have roofs with a bit more character—slate, asphalt, and wood-shake roofs all have a bit of texture and variance in color, unlike metal roofing. Metal roofs are also available in a variety of colors, so you can sync the color of your roof with your siding and other elements of your home’s facade.

Count on Red Dog’s Roofing

Here at Red Dog’s, we strive to build the best roofs that you’ll find here in Fitchburg, Leominster, Gardner, and the surrounding area. Great roofing starts here. We bring hard work, dedication, and experience to the table. Plus we’re an Owens Corning™ Preferred Contractor company, meaning that our team is highly trained and certified. Learn more about the team here at Red Dog’s Roofing, and get started today by scheduling an appointment.