If your roof needs to be replaced, don't just replace it with the same old material. Consider replacing it with a metal roof. Metal roofs have many great benefits, but they aren't right for everyone. Check out these six must-know facts about metal roofs to determine if one is the right choice for your next roof.

Installation Is Expensive

While it isn't the most expensive option, there's no denying that installing a metal roof is expensive. Metal roofs cost about $100 to $260 per square, while popular asphalt shingle roofs cost about $50 per square. Don't let the higher cost detour you, however, because metal roofs also last longer than many other cheaper options, including asphalt shingles. Metal roofs can last 20 to 40 years or more, and asphalt roofs last about 15 or 20 years. The need to replace a metal roof less often as less expensive options means you may actually save money in the long run.

Installation Is Fast

Not looking forward to a long process? Good, because installing a metal roof is easy and fast. Unlike many other roofing materials, the metal doesn't come in single shingles. It comes if large slabs of metal, which speeds the process. Since the metal is light, you also don't have to wait while roofers install special structural supports, which is common with heavier roofing shingles, such as slate. While the process isn't as complicated as installing slate, however, you should still ensure you find a roofer with experience installing metal roofs, so you ensure it is installed properly.

They Are Prone to Dents

Metal roofs are quite durable. You don't have to worry about shingles flying off or cracking during storms. However, they are prone to dents, so if they get hit with something heavy, it may cause damage. Walking on them often is not a good idea because of this fact, which is another reason you want to ensure you hire someone with experience installing metal roofs. If damage does occur, it may be difficult to repair because you'll need to replace the entire sheet of metal.

Maintenance Is Minimal

Metal roofs don't require much work to keep them in good condition. Remove any debris that gathers on the roof. A good cleaning with a hose can be done about once a year. Check screws and tighten any that have become loose and repair any damaged or broken seals. Make sure to patch any holes or gaps, but tightening screws and repairing the seals should fix most holes or gaps.

They Work in Any Climate

Some roofing materials aren't great for certain climates. For example, traditional asphalt shingle roofs are more likely to grow mold and algae in humid climates. Metal roofs, however, are great no matter where you live. In rainy and cold areas, the smooth surface allows water and snow to slide off. In hotter climates, a metal roof can actually help reducing your cooling costs. A metal roof may seem like it would heat your home, but the metal reflects the sun, keeping your home cooler.

They Create a Lot of Noise

Some people enjoy the sound tapping as rain hits the roof, but for other people, it's annoying. Metal roofs amplify this sound. Before you have your roof installed, determine if you want to block some of that noise. Roofers can install structural barriers, insulation or solid plywood sheeting, but it has to be done during installation. If you decide after the process is over that you can't stand the tapping, it's too late. You're either stuck with it, or you have to pay serious bucks to have the new roof removed.

Metal roofs have come a long way, and they can now mimic the look of many other roofing materials. If you're considering replacing your roof, consider a metal roof. For more information about metal roofs, contact a roofer in your area today.