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When to Choose a Metal Roof

There are tons of different roofing materials, designs, and styles out there. In today’s post, we’re sharing the pros and cons to consider for metal roofing. 

Benefits of Metal Roofing

In our post a couple weeks ago, we discussed the effects of sun on roofs and what to consider. One of the best benefits of a metal roof is their weather resistance, particularly to heat.

Heat Reflection for Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are excellent at heat reflection. Whereas some roofing materials are sensitive to heat changes and fluctuations, metal roofs made of copper, steel, and zinc are great heat reflectors. 

Fire Resistance and Safety

Metal roofing is also fire resistant. Although the materials reinforcing it might not be, metal roofs themselves are not prone to catching fire, making your home safer. 

Longevity and Cost Effectiveness

Although metal roofing materials are one of the most costly, their durability and longevity make metal roofing a valuable investment. For example, asphalt shingles might average around $100 per square foot, compared to $500 per square foot for metal. However, metal roofing can last up to 3 times as long with proper installation and maintenance!

Metal roofing is a great choice for long-term homeowners and people committed to routine maintenance, as it really delivers on the investment over time.

Design and Beauty

Metal roofs also come in a range of colors, designs, and styles, making them great for more modern homes and unique architecture. Check out this Pinterest article for your next roofing inspiration!

Cons of Metal Roofing

While the cost and longevity of metal roofing are a benefit, the cost can also be considered a con, too. Because metal roofing is significantly more expensive, this option is not always possible when working with a limited budget.

Modifications and Replacements are Difficult

Because metal roofing comes in large sections, it can be difficult to modify or adjust over time. If you have plans to remodel your home or update your roof in the (relative) near future (5 to 20 years), then a metal roof will be more difficult to change. 

Metal Roofing requires Expertise

All roofing jobs call for expertise, but metal roofing in particular requires a high level of expertise and training for proper installation. Finding qualified installers for a metal roof can be more difficult than with other roofing materials such as shingle and wood.


Choosing the right roofing material for your Hawaii home can be daunting. Factors such as safety, durability, and heat resistance are all important to consider. Architectural style and aesthetic will also influence your choice. Whatever your roofing needs are, SKYTA experts are here to help you make the best choice for your structure.

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