How Long Does a Metal Roof Last

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Are you looking to purchase a new roof for your newly-built home? Or, are you ready to replace your home’s old one? In your research, you have probably come across metal roofs, especially now that they are becoming an extremely popular option for many residential lots. It’s natural to have a few questions about metal roofs, including their sustainability. But no worries! That’s why we are here to guide you.


Roofing your home can get pretty complicated, as different types of roofing materials are on the market. At Hastings Roofing Services, we are committed to providing you with top-quality metal roofs, and we are dedicated to providing you with further insights into your roof choices. By the end of the article, we believe that you will know more about metal roofs, including how long they last and how you can maintain your metal roof to preserve its longevity. 


Types Of Metal Roofs

There are so many types of metal roofs available on the market. This section will break down some of the most popular options among homeowners to help you make a more solid decision.


  • Standing Seam Metal Roofs

Standing seam metal roofs are one of the most popular choices of metal roofs because of their smooth and shiny appearance and lifespan. It has a series of panels seamed together mechanically, allowing the panels to expand and contract to accommodate hot or cold weather. 


A standard well-maintained, and properly installed seam metal roof can last between 30-50 years, provided it thrives in the right conditions. 


  • Steel Roofing

Steel roofing sheets are some of the best all-around metal roofs. They are extremely versatile and in style as well, so keep this in mind. You can get steel roofs designed to look like clay, shingle, or slate. 


The average steel metal roof can last for as long as 40 years. However, there are some steel roofs from as far back as the early 1900s that have not been replaced in recent times? That’s how long durable, and well-maintained they are. 


  • Aluminum Roofing

Aluminum is the most lightweight metal roofing out of all the others, and it is an excellent metal roof choice if you live in a coastal area because it is resistant to corrosion. You can also waterproof aluminum roofing by applying elastomeric coatings. 


Another great feature about this metal roof is that it is energy-efficient. They are known to help lower your electricity bills and cool down your home during hotter seasons because their sheets reflect light and heat from the sun. An aluminum metal roof can last up to 40 years. 


  • Copper Roofing

Cooper roofing goes as far back as the 1700s and is still regarded as the best roofing system by some people. It is also one of the best roof choices if you consider its appearance and durability. Plus, it is lightweight and suitable for smaller homes as well. A standard copper metal roof should for at least 50 years. 


Factors that Affect Your Metal Roof’s Lifespan

Now that you know the average lifespans of some metal roofs, you must know what conditions or factors can affect their lifespan. Elements like the weather can impact how long you can keep your roof over your head. Check out some of the factors that affect your metal roof’s lifespan:


  • Sun Exposure

Nature is one of the biggest factors determining how long your metal roof will last. If you live in an area that sees more sunshine in a year, your best option would be to go for a light metal roof that can reflect light and heat. UV radiation can degrade the quality of your metal roof over a long period. 


  • Roof Pitch

Pitch is how steep a roofing system is. The steeper your roof’s slope is, the better it drains water easily, while a low slope means that water is drained at a much slower rate. When water drains slowly, it is easier for water to stagnate and weaken the roof after some time. 


  • Roof Color

Believe it or not, your choice of roof color shouldn’t only affect the exterior of your home but also the durability of the roof. Darker-colored roofs are more likely to absorb more heat, while lighter-colored roofs reflect, effectively cooling your home. Darker colors work better in generally cooler areas. However, if you live in a warmer area and still want a dark color, you can consider coating it in acrylic elastomeric. 


  • Moss

Moss can speed up the rate at which your roof deteriorates, thereby decreasing its lifespan. Although moss is not entirely common on metal roofs, certain natural factors can support its growth. Moss grows in the dark, shady areas. Your tree is also prone to moss growth if you live in an area surrounded by trees. 


  • Installation

Even if you get the best metal roof in terms of its durability, it will not last long if it isn’t installed properly. Ensure that your roofing installer fixes the roof according to its manufacturer’s specifications and directions. Your roof contractor must also be certified to install and fix roofs. 


  • Maintenance

Every type of metal roof needs periodic care. But unlike many other types of roofs, they require low maintenance. However, just because they do not require much to maintain, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t inspect them. Ensure you get a licensed roofer to conduct regular inspections and identify areas that need quick fixing before they deteriorate further. 


How Much Does a Metal Roof Cost?

While the lifespan of your roof is important, another point worth considering is its cost. How much would it cost you to get the right metal roof over your home? Why don’t you get a professional and quality roofing estimate from us? Give us a call, and we will send you a qualified representative to assess your roof. We will handle every detail and provide professional advice to help you make the right decision. Call Hastings Roofing Service at (407) 702-1023 for a free estimate!