When it’s time to replace the roof of your home, there are many factors to consider. In recent years, metal roofs have taken off. While some homeowners think contractors oversell these roofs and avoid them simply so they don’t buy into the latest fad, the fact is that metal roofs have their fair share of strengths. At Intelligent Design Corporation, our experts can walk you through the pros and cons and help you find the best fit for your home.


Read on to discover what metal roofing brings to the table compared to more traditional materials.

Increased Longevity

While metal roofs are more expensive than asphalt roofs, they last three times as long. Asphalt roofs are designed to last for about 20 years, and they often need repairs from weather damage, which can cost more in the long run.


However, steel roofs can last up to 60 years, and will likely not need frequent repairs from the wild Midwestern weather. The benefit of having a more durable roof outweighs the expense.

Energy Savings

It can be difficult to keep your home at a comfortable temperature for a reasonable cost. Energy prices rise every year, making it hard for many to make ends meet. However, when you choose to install a metal roof, your energy costs can actually go down!


In the summers, metal roofs reflect solar rays, keeping heat out, which allows you to save on your air conditioning bill. In the winter months, properly installed metal roofs provide extra insulation for your home. The metal traps the heat in the house instead of letting it seep through the roof, keeping your bills lower.

Improved Durability

If you live in the Midwest, you more than likely understand the annoyance that comes with roof repairs after a hailstorm. Hail can severely damage the asphalt shingles on your home. Many times resulting in roof repairs.


A metal roof, on the other hand, is more durable and far less likely to be damaged. Additionally, when the snow melts in the spring, or we get heavy rainstorms, the water quickly and seamlessly slides right off the metal, saving you from potential water damage.

Make a Stylish Statement

Many homeowners associate metal roofing with industrial buildings, such as pole barns and backyard sheds—and rightfully so, as up until recently that was the material’s main use. However, as this article from This Old House proves, metal has become the stylistic chameleon of the roofing world. It’s able to mimic tons of other shingle types, from wooden shakes to tile, while still boasting the impressive durability that other materials may not offer. On top of that, metal has a style of its own that is becoming more and more widespread on modern houses that lean towards a more urban look.


When you invest in a metal roof, you have full control over the style of your new renovation, as the possibilities are endless. Want to lend your home a bit of city flair? Want your exterior to harken back to more traditional design styles? No matter your cosmetic desire, metal can fulfill it, which isn’t something some other materials can say for themselves.

Do Away With Maintenance

Metal roofs are no-fuss, no-frills when it comes to their upkeep. Their insane durability keeps the storm damage at bay, like we said; plus snow simply slides right off as it melts, helping to minimize the risk of ice dams. Don’t know what those are? Our blog explains, alongside why it’s in your best interests to keep them at bay.


Aside from a twice-yearly look-over, gutter cleaning, debris removal, and inspections after severe storms—which all are recommended for any roof—you’ll be home free as far as care is concerned if you own a metal roof.


For many homeowners, this is a welcome relief. Roofing maintenance, though necessary in many cases, can be expensive; the fact that metal roofing requires little of it is certainly a draw. Quite a few also enjoy the stress-free experience of owning such a roof. Though all roofing materials are tough in their own right, the sheer hardness of metal can protect families from storm-related anxiety just as much as it protects their homes.


To learn more about Intelligent Design’s roofing options or get a free quote, contact our experts today. Give us a call at 763-315-0745, or message us on our contact page.