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If you’re in the market for a new roof and are looking for a long-term, high-performing option, look no further than a metal roof.  There are a number of different types of metal roofs and materials to choose from, so here’s a bit of information to get things started:

  • Metals – There are a variety of metals that are appropriate for metal roofs:
    • Galvanized – Pros: Low-cost, available in different finishes. Cons: May be prone to corrosion for buildings located in areas with frequent exposure to precipitation/marine conditions.
    • Aluminum – Pros: Low-cost, available in different colors. Cons:  Aluminum is a softer metal, and may not be strong enough to resist damage in areas with high-winds, strong storms, wooded areas.  Aluminum is difficult to solder, which may increase overall installation costs.
    • Zinc – Pros: Available in a variety of colors, finishes. High strength. Good corrosion resistance. May add curb appeal to your building.  Cons: More expensive than galvanized, aluminum.
  • Copper – Pros: Available in a variety of finishes. Good corrosion resistance. May add curb appeal to your building. Neutral: Over time, and with exposure to air/moisture, copper will patina.  Cons: More expensive than galvanized, aluminum.
  • Roof Types – Metal roofs can be assembled in a few different methods:
    • Standing seam – These are long panels formed on-site and cut to measure prior to installation. They are designed to lock together with help of cleats, and are the simplest option for installing a metal roof. Standing seam roofs are common in Europe, and are increasingly popular here in the US.
    • Shingles – Metal shingles are great for curvilinear roofs or for more decorative tastes. From fish-scale to harlequin, there are a variety of pre-formed shapes and sizes.  Custom-designing your own style is also a possibility.
    • Corrugated – Pre-fabricated, corrugated metal roofs are a great way to cover shed roofs on a budget.

 

There are numerous other options available as well, so don’t hesitate to ask your contractor about the best solution for you and your home.


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