Todd Miller - Roofing Expert

#34 – Complex Roofs and Metal Roofing

We often get asked whether metal roofing materials are applicable for complex roof lines. Recent years have seen a move away from cookie cutter ranch and split level homes to homes where the roof lines are very cut up with different angles, hips, valleys, dormers, and so forth. Metal makes a great option for these roofs for three reasons. First, these roofs are often visual focal points for the home’s aesthetics. A distinctive, beautiful metal roof will highlight that area of the home and allow the roof to be a place where the homeowner can really create the exact look and feel they want for the design of their home. Next, complex roofs tend to have more areas where roofing failures can occur. There are more penetrations and junction points in the roof. Those are the places where, as a roof ages, problems tend to occur first as products dry out, sealants break down, and etc. A properly installed metal roof, though, will have flashings in those areas. Those penetrations on a metal roof will be designed to last as long as the roof itself rather than wear out and break down while the rest of the roof still has life. Third, a complex roofline requires a lot of labor time to install – regardless of the product being installed. And, recent years have seen the costs associated with roof installation labor increase even more than roofing material costs have. So, it makes sense to install a long lasting metal roof that will not require replacement in 12 – 20 years, and require more labor expense again at that time. And, of course, a metal roof is an investment that increases home value, something which can be very meaningful for any homeowner.