The Pros And Cons Of Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is a popular choice for many types of building. But what are the pros and cons of choosing a metal roof for your property? Let’s start by exploring the different types of roofing available when opting for metal.

Types Of Metal Roofing


Zinc is weatherproof and corrosion-resistant, meaning it can last for up to 100 years without degrading, making it an ideal roofing material. It’s also more affordable than other types of metal roofing, which is handy if you have a tight budget.


Copper is durable, weather-resistant and flexible too, which makes it ideal for roofs that have an unusual or awkward shape. Copper roofing has its own distinctive style and can typically be supplied in its bright natural colour or with a pre-patinated finish for that timeworn look. 

Aluminium & Stainless Steel

Aluminium is lightweight and easy to work with, making it quick to install. Meanwhile, stainless steel offers great resistance to corrosion from air pollution, needs little maintenance and comes in a variety of designs. Both options are perfect for a contemporary property where you want your roof to be a stylish design feature.


Lead roofing is often found on period properties as its durability means it can last for years. A flexible material, it can be worked into different shapes, making it a good choice for unconventional roof styles. Lead also expands and contracts depending on the conditions, which makes it suitable for the UK’s unpredictable weather.

The Advantages Of Metal Roofing


  • Long-lasting. The durability of metal means that metal roofing can last much longer than other roof types, making it a great long-term investment for your home that will require minimal maintenance.


  • Lightweight. As metal is more lightweight than materials like tile, it can be simpler and more straightforward to install, making your new roofing project less stressful.


  • Eco-friendly. Many metal roofing materials are made in part from recycled materials, and when no longer needed, metal roofing can be recycled, diverting waste materials from landfill. 


  • Low maintenance. A metal roof will require very little maintenance to keep it in good shape, with no cracks, corrosion or lost tiles, that you might experience with other types of roofing.


  • Energy-efficient. Metal roofing reflects the sun’s rays, helping your property stay cool in the warmer months. Insulation can also be easily added to a metal roof to provide warmth in the winter.

The Disadvantages Of Metal Roofing


  • Cost. Metal can be more expensive than other roofing materials, but its long lifespan makes a metal roof a cost-effective investment if you are planning on staying in your property for many years to come.
  • Noise. During heavy rain, metal roofs can be noisier, although this can be counteracted by adding more loft insulation.
  • Colour matching. If a repair is needed or an extension built in future, it can be tricky to match the colour of the new material to your existing metal roofing.


Why Work With Us?

Installing a new roof is a challenging project best left to the professionals. With more than 30 years of experience, Crown Metal Roofing combines high-quality materials and great workmanship to produce smart, long-lasting metal roofing. Get in touch to find out more or request a free quotation for a new roof.