Types of Metal Roofing

sloped metal roof

What are the disadvantages of a metal roof?

The days of finding metal roofing only on barns and commercial structures is gone. More and more homeowners are finding the benefits of a metal roof to something they can get on board with too, despite the few disadvantages of metal roofing may have. 

There are many different materials to use when roofing your home today, but the one gaining in popularity is metal roofing. With the multiple choices in types of metal, including aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, tin, or zinc, and the selection of colors and designs, why not? 

The benefits of metal are appealing, starting with the longevity and minimal maintenance, but the energy efficiency is what catches most homeowner’s attention, not to mention the discount on their homeowner’s insurance. Still though, like anything, there are some disadvantages with metal roofing too: 

  • Cost:  Metal roofing can coast up to three time more than asphalt shingles or other roofing material. However, if you’re planning on living in your home for years, it will give you a high ROI because it will probably be the last roof you’ll need. 
  •  Noisy: Metal roofing can be loud and noisy, especially in a hailstorm or heavy rain. However, installed with insulation, that concern is eliminated. 
  • Contraction and Expansion: When metal roofing is attached in large panels, they contract and expand with the temperature. When they are installed with fasteners properly, they can come lose. 
  • Color matching:  When metal roofing has been installed for a while and a repair is needed, getting an exact color match is difficult.
  • Presentation. With metal roofing when  water accumulates on the roof, it can create serious problems. This is typically because of a low quality metal or poor workmanship with the installation. This is one of the biggest reasons you want to find a contractor that is experienced on how to install a metal roof and offers a warranty. 

Should you put a metal roof over shingles?

You have a shingle roof on your home now and it is time to replace it. You want to go with metal roofing because of all the benefits that would offer. Do the old shingles need to be removed? No, it is not necessary to tear off the old shingles off before having the metal  roofing installed. Metal roofing is a lightweight material and will not any significant weight to the structure. 

Things that you should consider before making that decision with your roofing contractor:

  • Local building codes
  • Product warranty
  • Contractor guarantee

Which metal roof is best?

When the words, ‘metal roofing’ are spoken, you probably think about an old barn roof or ugly steel roofing. Today, there are several metal roofing types to choose from that will match any architectural style. We’re going to review the different types of metal available for roofing, but your location and the environment can be a deciding factor which one is best for you. 

Copper Metal Roofing 

It has been around forever and is found in all corners of the world, copper is referred to as the grandfather of all metal roofing. It has a long-life span, up to 200 years or longer, it is 100% recyclable, and because it is soft, it is quiet. However, as an extremely soft metal, it may not be the right metal roofing for an area prone for hailstorms. 

Aluminum Metal Roofing 

Aluminum metal roofing is equivalent to a Dune Buggy when it comes to roofing. Seal off any essentials, install a roll cate, and you’re ready to go. Aluminum metal roofing corrosive resistant and durable, like a dune buggy, perfect for coastal residence. It is expensive to have installed and with a high strength-to-weight ratio can make it a thin material for some areas. 

Zinc Metal Roofing 

 Zinc metal is amazing and as it patinas, it heals any scratches. A lifespan of more than 100 years, this natural property is popular among commercial structures. It is easy to form and manipulate in different chapes, although for residential use, it isn’t one of the most appealing metals. 

Steel Metal Roofing

Steel is an alloy that is used in any building aspect you can imagine. Steel metal roofing is a common material for commercial properties now and is spreading into the residential areas. It is easily available, and the low cost and recyclability makes it a popular choice.

metal roof on a big building

Can I walk on a metal roof?

As the homeowner, unless you have experience in walking on a roof, it is recommended that this be left to a professional contractor. Contractors have OSHA safety requirements to follow and if they have any accident, or damage your roof, it is on their insurance, not yours. 

Does a metal roof lower your insurance? In most cases, yes, metal roofing will lower your insurance due to the fire resistance it offers.  Each policy is different, each company offers different discounts.  It is worth calling your agent for a quote before committing to new metal roofing. Call 832-704-2817 today for your metal roofing in Spring, TX.