4 Reasons to Invest in a Metal Roof

While metal roofs have been standard for commercial facilities for years, these roofing systems are becoming a popular choice among homeowners as well, and it’s easy to see why. Metal roofs are a great investment for any kind of project. Whether you’re looking for residential or commercial roofing, we want you to be an informed buyer. 

Here are four common factors that can make a metal roof an appealing option.

Reasons to Invest in a Metal Roof

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Though more expensive than a typical shingle roof, metal roofs may be a more long-term investment. Asphalt shingle roofs in Idaho last between 25 to 30 years on average. While this is a good chunk of time, metal roofs may be able to last significantly longer depending on material and installation. In fact, metal roofs can last an average of 40 to 70 years with proper installation and maintenance. Metal roofing systems also don’t suffer from the same types of issues that radiation shingle roofs do, such as shingle shedding.

Energy Savers

Not only do metal roofs look sleek, they can be a great way to slim down on month-to-month expenses on energy bills. 

During hot Idaho summers, the sunlight beating down on your roof can actually make its way into your attic, increasing your energy bills. Because metal roofs are reflective, they are able to reflect those UV rays away from the attic, keeping temperatures cool and costs down. In fact, metal roofs can help cut monthly costs by 10 to 20%.

If you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient, a metal roof is the way to go. 

Snow Shedding

Here in Idaho winters can be brutal. Built-up snow can easily weigh on a roof, cause strain on the system and possible damage. A buildup of snow can also negatively affect your roof ventilation, which can drive up bills during cold winter months. 

Metal roofs are incredible in that they do a fantastic job of shedding ice and snow. 

Since the metal is slippery, snow and ice easily slough off. And, because metal heats up quickly in the sun, ice and snow are quickly melted off. 


In many cases, metal roofs can be more durable and impact-resistant that other roofing materials. That means that tree-falls, wind storms, or hail won’t phase a metal roof. This is, of course, only true under the assumption that said roof is installed correctly. 

Things to Consider

While there are definitely many good reasons to get a metal roof, it’s also important to be aware of the possible drawbacks, the largest of which is cost.

Metal roofs tend to be much pricier upfront than shingle roofing systems. This, of course, is offset by the longer lifespan of metal roofs in comparison. However, it’s still important to consider price point when deciding on a new roof. Since a roof is already a big investment, it’s important to consider how long you plan to be in that home or building. If your plans for that particular location are more short-term, it may make less sense to invest in a metal roof except to add to the resale value.

If you’re wanting to invest in a metal roofing system, contact our team at Western Construction and Roofing, your Coeur d’ Alene roofers. Explore financing options for both our residential and commercial offers.