Metal roofing materials offer a variety of advantages including the unlimited color and texture options, low maintenance and offer a lifetime warranty. If you choose a standing-seam roof system, then you can expect to save over 40 percent on your energy bills. Metal roofs repel heat as opposed to absorbing the sun’s heat like asphalt and other types of shingles.
Sheet metal fabrication also withstands strong winds and fire and resist insect damage. Metal roofs also do not allow the growth of mold and mildew like wood. Metal roofing installation is installed faster than other options. Ornamental restoration is also an option in the future.
How to Choose the Right Metal
There are three main choices when it comes to choosing the right metal. You will find aluminum, copper and steel to be the most popular choices. Aluminum roofing is a great option if you live in coastal areas. Copper lasts at least 50 years and is often used to accentuate details in the roofing exterior. Steel is harder than aluminum and copper and makes a good choice for areas that prone to hail damage from storms.
Metal Roofing Options
You will find three metal roofing options that include standing seam metal panels, metal shingles and stone-coated steel. Standing seam panels are the most popular type of metal roofing. The advantages include panels that have smooth, flat panels with raised seams running along where the panels overlap. They can be crimped on-site or pre-formed in the factory.
Metal shingles are installed over existing asphalt shingles. They also have the capability to mimic the appearance of other roofing materials. Metal shingles are lightweight compared to other types of shingle options. Stone-coated steel offers the same advantages as metal shingles. They are coated with stone-embedded acrylic making them more durable. They have the appearance and advantages of wooden shakes without the disadvantages of wood.
Metal Roofing Maintenance Tips
Clean drain boxes, downspouts and gutters at least twice a year. The problem with debris in your gutter system is the fact that blockage will overflow your gutters and cause damage to your roof. Keep tree branches away from your roof by trimming them once a year. Flat roofs and pooling areas should be kept clear. Rotted debris in pooling areas of your roof will cause damage and allow plant growth.
Hire a roofing contractor to inspect your entire roofing system each year. They should pay particular attention to heat vents, chimneys and other areas that may expose your roof to chemicals. The exposed fasteners should be inspected and tightened to prevent future damage. Choose a roofing contractor in your community that has a good reputation and positive references, high-quality workmanship and good customer service.