Consider installing a metal roof if you are building a new home or re-roofing your existing home or even roofing a commercial building. Metal roofs are attractive options because of their low maintenance, energy efficiency, style, creativity, and longevity.
You can choose from zinc, copper, aluminum, galvanized steel roofs, or even tin. You need to ensure that UL labels your metal roof materials or similar certification, and you can also check its fire rating.
The majority of good metal roof materials come from steel that is heavier and more durable than aluminum. Note some roofing materials called “steel roofing” are made from many materials, including metal alloys.
• Metal roof materials are lighter than a clay tile roof and more durable than asphalt shingles. These types of metal shingles are easier to handle than corrugated sheets and come in a range of designs and styles.
• Standing Seam Metal Roofing Systems use concealed fasteners, and the metal roof tiles are either trapezoidal or vertical legs with flat spaces. Standing seam roofing made from metal is exceptionally durable and weather tight.
• Batten seam roofs are characterized by the slats that stand above the panel’s surface.
• Metal shingles can be designed to look like asphalt shingles and can be designed in a rumba shake or a Spanish tile look.
• Through-fastened metal panels are considered the low end of roofing metals and are available in lumber yards or big box stores. These roofing material have fasteners piercing directly through each panel. Many commercial and farm buildings are roofed with fastened panels. The roofing material is galvalume, which is carbon steel at the core.
• Corrugated metal roofing can be seen on decorated commercial buildings or homes that have curbed roofs. Different curved metal roofs include domes, arc-metafor, curved 1” field-look, or a curved corrugated panel.
There are many stylish reasons to install a metal roof. Try tiles that almost look like clay tiles similar to Mediterranean or Spanish style homes. Tiles can resemble the charm of wood shakes or the traditional look of asphalt shingles.
Faux Metal Asphalt roofing looks like asphalt but is, in reality, metal panels coated in durable stone-coated steel. If you have neighborhood covenants that require asphalt-looking shingles, use faux asphalt roofing.
Slate roofs are gorgeous but expensive and heavy. Metal slate-looking roofing is lighter and is easier to install. Most slate-like metal roofs have coatings that give the tile strength. Colors mimic the look of slate.
A natural metal roof materials, copper, is excellent roofing material. The copper patinas over time and develops an aged finish. Copper comes in diamond shapes to slate looks. Copper roofs are recyclable.
Suppose you want the traditional look of a metal roof. In that case, you can purchase 12” standing seam panels sized for your home. Most of these panels are made from permanently rust-free aluminum and available in a variety of colors. Fasteners are concealed for lasting and watertight applications.
Although the initial cost of metal for roofs is higher than asphalt shingle roofs, a professionally installed metal roof will last for a long time, almost the building or home’s lifetime. Once you install a metal roof, you may never have to do another roofing job on your home.
• Longevity. Metal roofs last 40-70 years, depending on the type of metal used. Asphalt roofing materials look great, too, but only have a life expectancy of 12-20 years.
• Durability. Metal roofs can withstand wind gusts as high as 140 mph, and they will not crack, corrode, and are impact resistant. Metal roofs are not costly to maintain, but you should have your metal roof inspected occasionally to ensure no repairs are needed.
• Safety. Metal roofs are fire-resistant and do not ignite into flames during lightning strikes or a wildfire.
• Energy-efficient. Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, and this reduces cooling costs by up to 25%.
• Environmentally friendly. Your new metal tile roof is usually made from 25-95% recycled content. If you need to replace your metal roof, all materials in the system are also recyclable.
Roofs made from metal materials are stylish, modern, and long-lasting. When you have a metal roof installed, hire a professional. If a metal roof is not installed properly, it develops leaks and other problems.
Ensure when you obtain professional services, you ask the installer if they are experienced in metal roofing. If you notice problems with your metal roof, take the necessary steps to have those problems resolved as soon as possible.
Metal roofs have many benefits, and one of the best benefits is lowered energy expenses. A metal roof that is properly maintained can last for a lifetime and keeps you home cool. Call on roofing experts who will provide you with the services you need to keep your metal roof in top condition.