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.