Metal roofing can be made from several different metals and has many advantages and benefits. It can be made from aluminum, zinc, steel or copper, for example. The good thing about metal roofing is that it is pretty much low maintenance and can also save energy. It also has the ability to increase the resale value of a home and who wouldn’t want that? It is also a greener option and less prone to certain kinds of damage that can affect other types of roofing. Let’s take a closer look at sheet metal roofing to gain a better understanding about it.
Metal roofs are pretty durable. Some steel sheeting may be coated with alloys of zinc and aluminum. Such sheeting actually further increases its durability. Depending on several factors, some metal roofs can last about a century, so it will definitely last a lifetime for you. It is also resistant to certain weather conditions, especially in cold climates which we face in Canada.
2. Better For The Environment
Metal is a material that is recyclable. In fact, the metal used in metal roofing is most likely recycled material already, making it a more eco-friendly solution. In the summer when it is really hot, metal roofs can deflect the heat but it also has a similar advantage with the cold as well. This means that a metal roof is energy efficient. The other good thing about metal roofing is that it can be used on top of the current roofing material. This means that there is no need to take all of the existing roofing to a landfill. Metal roofing also will not pollute rainwater, which asphalt roofing can do, since it does not contain any petroleum.
Other types of roofing are more prone to mildew, fungus and algae, which can deteriorate the roofing material. This can also cause the energy costs to rise.
3. Corrugated Galvanized Steel
Corrugated galvanized steel is made up of elements such as zinc, silicone, aluminum and enhanced steel. Metal tile sheets can also be stone-coated or painted to look like other kinds of roofing. Very clever indeed! If you live in an area with severe weather conditions, stainless steel would be a good option. Aluminum is lightweight (compared to steel) and in terms of price, it is considered high-end. An even more high-end option would be copper roofing.
4. Stone-Coated Steel
Stone-coated steel is quite fascinating. This material is created from steel that is coated with zinc and aluminum. It can be made to look like shingle or stone with the use of an acrylic gel coating. These can be made to have different kinds of look to make it appear really appealing.
Zinc can last for over 100 years and stay pretty strong during that time! Zinc is a metal that can be easily manipulated to make some amazing shapes. The only problem with zinc is that over time, there can be some chalking and fading, though this can be taken care of.
Installation is pretty fast, which is a bonus. Aesthetically, copper is arguably the most appealing but also the most expensive. To get the best choice that is suitable for your situation, a good installer will give you the best advice.