Angie's List: Weighing the pros and cons of metal roofing

LEWISTON, ID - Putting a new roof on your home is a big investment.
If you want one that's really going to last, you might want to consider metal roofing.

In today's Angie's List report, how it compares to traditional materials.

"It's the most durable roof you can put on your house, it's also the most energy efficient you can put on your house, and lastly it's the least maintenance that is required of any roofing in the industry," said Roofing Company Vice President, Ryan Westfall. "The only con to a metal roof is the cost. If you can afford a metal roof it's the way to go. It will be the last roof you ever put on."

"Insurance is really important when it comes to roofers because let's face it they are on your roof, on ladders, and on your property," said Angie's List Owner, Angie Hicks. "You want to be sure your contractor has both general liability and worker's compensation insurance. Ask for proof of insurance and call and confirm that it's still valid. This is important because any contractor that won't show you this proof of insurance, you need to walk away from."

"We chose the metal roof for its look," said Homeowner, Douglas Wood. "Very Florida-like... For its longevity and maintenance-free."

"What a lot of homeowners don't know is that metal roofs come in an assortment of colors," said Westfall. "You can get white, brown, black, and beige, gray. Any color you want really. There is actually a very large color palette for metal roofs."

"We chose the metal roof for its look," said Wood. "Very Florida-like. For its longevity and maintenance-free."

"A good rule of thumb is you have three active leaks on your roof and your roof is more than 12-years-old, it's time to start considering replacing your roof," said Westfall.

As you weigh the pros and cons of metal roofing, Angie's List said don't forget to check with your homeowner's association and your city to find out if metal roofs are allowed in your neighborhood.