604 Roofing & construction, Vancouver bc metal roofing, Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing?

What Are the Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing?


If you want to change your home’s roof and want to find a good alternative to the roof shingles, then opting for metal roofing can be a very good idea. There are many companies that offer metal roofing in Vancouver BC, but before you choose to work with a roofing company, it’s a good idea to learn the pros and cons of metal roofing.


Longer Roof Life

Metal roofing will last 50+ years since it’s very durable and good at resisting the elements. Aside from that, this type of roofing is also designed to survive high winds as well, not to mention that it won’t be affected by rot or insects (when properly installed). Tests have shown that these roofs can last up to 60 years or more and most manufacturers even offer up to 50 years of warranty.

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Aesthetically Pleasing

Want a modern and sleek looking roof? Metal roofs are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Many builders and homeowners who want a contemporary sleek looking roof will heavily consider this roofing material over say asphalt or cedar. There are a  plethora of color options, profiles and metal gauges to choose from. Metal roofs are ubiquitously chosen for design and functionality over other roofing materials time and time again. 


If you compare it with regular tile roofing, metal roofing is a lot less heavy. It can be up to 150 pounds per square whereas the former can have up to 750 pounds per square. On top of that, with the metal roofs, some of the necessary roof support may not be necessary, which is a major plus.

Faster Installation

Metal roofing is generally a cleaner install. The process of installation is a lot quicker than say, a Cedar shake roof (we won’t mention the sour taste people have towards cedar shake roofs since many cedar roofs only lasted about 23 years on average). This means you can cut the installation time down when waiting for your new roof – potentially eliminating the down time for the overall construction project such as a new roof. 

Heat Conduction

The ability to reduce the heat during the day, which is great if you want to refrain from using air conditioning. This feature will also help you improve heating during the winter as well. Metal roofs are good at maintaining regulated heating in the attic because of the airflow through the ridge and hip areas (if applicable). 

Fire resistance

Unlike other types of roofing, metal based roofs are very resistant to fire and they do have a Class C rating. This makes them very good against fire and the results are extraordinary because of that.

Efficient Snow and Rain Shedding

One thing to note here is that metal roofing will make it very easy for snow and rain to shed. This basically means you won’t have to deal with massive snow accumulations or gutter problems, something that can be a major problem with other roof types.


Initial Costs

Not many downsides to metal roofing except the initial upfront cost to install over say a asphalt roof. Don’t be put off of the initial up-front costs of a metal roof if you are heavily considering a metal roof. It will pay for itself in the longevity and aesthetic appeal. Your dream home needs a cherry on top – consider a metal roof! 

Potential for Oil Canning

The potential for oil canning is a concern for those considering a metal roof. This is a legitimate concern. We recommend a thicker gauge and a profile that is a 12″ variety to solve that issue. 12″ standing seam metal roofs are a popular choice for oil can prevention. 


In the end, getting a good metal roof can help you improve the aesthetic appeal and efficiency of your home. This type of roofing offers some extraordinary benefits and you should definitely consider it for your next roofing project. It’s also paintable (a couple decades down the road) and comes in a variety of colors including kynar which is highly recommended closer to the ocean. 

Local manufacturers for metal roofing we use are:

Anthony PuaPresident of 604 Roofing Ltd.