Quality Metal Roofing – Durable and Beautiful
Choosing the structure that protects the rest of your home might be the best home investment you can make.
If you’re interested in a roof that lasts the longest, returns the most value and is more environmentally conscious – than consider metal roofing.
Metal roofs are often thought to be noisy. But unlike old barns, residential roofs have solid plywood beneath. This decking, plus the underlayment and attic insulation, reduces any noise.
A metal roof not only adds beauty, it increases your home’s value in many ways. Here are some aspects to consider:
Metal roofs last up to 50 years. That’s two to three times longer than asphalt roofs. If you consider the cost of replacing an asphalt roof 2-3 times, the long-term investment in a metal roof can pay off in savings.
Quality metal roofs are design to resist:
- Snow weight
- Most hail
According to the Metal Roofing Alliance, homeowners who install a metal roof gain a 6% resale value over homes with asphalt roofs. In states like Texas, homeowner’s insurance rates can be reduced by 35% when a metal roof is installed.
Metal roofs are very efficient. They save you up to 40 percent on air conditioning. While asphalt roofs absorb heat, a metal roof reflects the sunshine to keep your house cooler.
The popularity of metal roofs is on the rise as part of the “green home” movement. They also can help with rainwater collection.
Metal roofs are quite sustainable when compared to other roofing materials.
- They’re much lighter than most
- Costs are significantly lower
- Most contain at least 25% recycled material
- Old metal roofs are 100% recyclable
Unlike asphalt shingles, metal roofs do not release solvents into the air. This can substantially reduce your carbon footprint.
Metal roofs are an easy-care product. Maintenance is easy. While asphalt roofs need upkeep for damaged shingles or tiles, metal roofs hide minimal damage with textures.
With a variety of styles, colors, coatings and materials, you can create a roof that suits you, your home and your budget. Metal roofs can look like any other type of roofing material, from asphalt shingles to cedar shake, even clay tiles and slate roofing. Styles can be made to look like:
Some of the components used include:
- Vertical Panel: Typically use standing seams or ridges in the panel to hide fasteners
- CF Panel: Concealed fastener panels using a lock-joint system
- AP Panel: The look of standing seams without the costs
- U panel: Uses 26-gauge commercial grade steel, thicker than the typical 29-gauge
- R Panel: Used to retrofit existing composition shingles
- Natural materials
There are four major types of metal roofing: aluminum, copper, zinc and steel. The most popular are aluminum and steel.
Aluminum is light weight and resistant to rust and corrosion without staining run off. It can be formed into various styles since aluminum is malleable.
Copper is the most expensive. It can last 100 to 200 years. It’s soft, which makes it quiet.
Zinc is a naturally abundant metal. It’s durable and won’t corrode or rust. It can repair itself from minor scratches. It is easier to process than copper and steel.
Steel is the most commonly used metal and the most affordable. Resistant to rust and dents, it needs a protective coating to prevent corrosion They are a few variant types pf steel metal.
- Galvanized steel: Coated in zinc.
- Galvalnume steel: Coated in aluminum and zinc.
- Stone-coated steel: Coated in aluminum and zinc with a top layer of stone
Metal roof thickness
The higher the gauge level, the thinner the material is. Metal thicknesses can range:
- 26 gauge – about 0.48 mm – the thickest commonly found
- 29 gauge – about 0.36 mm – the thinnest commonly found
While thickness differs from one manufacturer to the next, 26 gauge is your most common thickness.