The Different Types of Metal Roofs and Their Advantages

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If you’re planning to replace your roof with another material, metal roofing is a terrific option. Metal roofs are known for their quality performance, durability, and longevity. However, to receive all the benefits metal roofing has to offer, you should choose the type of metal that suits your property’s needs and aesthetic best. Metal roofs don’t just begin and end with stainless steel. They can be made from the following materials, each of which features their own distinct advantages:

Aluminum

Compared to other metal roofing, aluminum roofs are resistant to salt corrosion. Because of this feature, they’re often recommended for properties located in coastal climates. Aluminum roofs are also light, making them easier to install and dismantle. Moreover, this material is aesthetically pleasing and reusable, which helps reduce waste whenever a building is demolished or renovated.

Copper

Even though copper roofing is slightly heavier than stainless steel, it is still relatively light weight and puts less stress on your home as compared to other types of materials. The copper material is also soft, beautiful, and malleable. Plus, it doesn’t need any extra coating because it’s naturally resistant to the following:

  • Corrosion
  • Fire
  • Mildew
  • Hailstone

High-quality copper roofs can last up to 50 years and even more if it’s regularly serviced and maintained. Given its strength and resistance to common roof problems, copper roofing is ideal for properties that experience a lot of heavy snowfall.

Lead

Lead is one of the most durable metals to exist, as well as one of the most versatile roofing materials around. It can expand and contract with varying temperatures, allowing it to adapt to maintain the energy efficiency of the property. Lead is also moldable, which means that it can be customized to fit the shape of any building. What’s more, lead has a strong resistance to atmospheric corrosion and radiation, so it lasts longer than other metal roofing materials.

Steel

Steel is one of the most popular roofing materials that offer high strength at a relatively low price. Steel has a long lifespan, better environmental sustainability, and comes in three primary types:

  1. Galvanized steel – Made with a layer of zinc to protect the inner layer of steel from corrosion. The coating slows the corrosion process and helps extends the life of the roof.
  2. Galvalume Steel – Similar to galvanized steel, but instead of using only zinc, the roofing material is coated with a combination of zinc and aluminum. Aluminum offers better protection against corrosion and also gives the roof a smoother, more uniformed appearance.
  3. Weathering Steel – This type of steel was originally designed for use in heavy steel industries. Its outer steel layer was intentionally made to be rusty to protect the inner layer of steel. It acts similarly to the patina process of aluminum, but weathering steel takes longer.

Steel roofing is suitable for any property, but it’s an excellent choice for schools, residential and business buildings.  

Zinc

Zinc is one of the few eco-friendly roofing materials around. Due to the metal’s low melting point, it takes two to four times less energy to produce zinc than any other metal roofing material. Zinc is light and naturally soft, making it easy to work with. However, don’t let its light weight and texture fool you. Zinc is extremely strong and durable, and it has an impressively long lifespan. It also requires less repair and replacement than most roofs.   

Now that you know the different kinds of metal roofing materials available, choosing one that suits your property’s needs and aesthetic is simple. But, if you'd like expert guidance from our staff, we would be happy to help. Just contact us and we can discuss your options in more detail. We provide quality metal roofing for both residential and commercial buildings. And our certified Metal Men perform professional roofing installations, to ensure that your roof is installed to fit your home's precise specifications. Give us a call at 817-241-2126 today for a free estimate.