When considering what roofing material to use for your home, there are so many factors to take into account, such as cost, maintenance, repair, and of course the aesthetic appeal. You need to be able to rely on your roof to protect you and your family from the elements for years to come, without spending a large amount of time or money on maintenance and repair. Metal roofing is one of the most durable and visually striking roofing materials on the market today, with a wide variety of options for color and material.
Types of Metal Roofing Material
Steel is one of the most common and popular choices for its lightweight, durability, and customization options. In the category of steel roofing, there are 3 different types of steel that can be used: galvanized, galvalume, and weathering steel. Depending on your climate and individual needs, your roofing contractor will be able to advise you on which type of steel would be best.
The biggest advantage of aluminum is that it provides an incredible amount of strength and durability while remaining lighter than most other metals. Aluminum also doesn’t rust or develop the same types of discoloration that steel or copper roofs can over time. The only real downside to this material is that it can dent easily because of its thinness.
Copper roofing is a truly striking roofing material, and it will add a remarkable amount of character to your home. Copper is expensive, and it is very prone to greenish staining over time as it begins to age. Some homeowners enjoy the green hue, and copper roofs have been known to last generations.
This is a lesser-known roofing material, but it possesses some unique qualities that make it an ideal option for some homeowners. Zinc has a naturally occurring protective layer that protects the individual panels from things like corrosion and scratching. Zinc also has a long lifespan similar to copper, with some roofs lasting upwards of 75 years.
On average, a metal roof can cost double or triple what a typical asphalt shingle roof would cost and slightly more than the cost of composite roofing. Metal roofing also requires special handling, tools, and installation which only a handful of roofing contractors are actually qualified to do. The biggest benefit of metal roofing is that although it can cost more upfront, it is likely to last 50+ years and requires very little by way of maintenance and repair. To cut costs, you can also use a less expensive material for the largest portions of the roof, and then use a more unique or colorful metal for the accents.
What Does Maintenance Look Like?
Unlike wood, which has an affinity for attracting things like bugs, mold, and algae, metal roofing is resistant to all three. The biggest threat to a metal roof is actually denting and abrasions, which can occur more easily on soft metal like copper. Maintenance for a metal roof is all about keeping the gutters clear of debris and making sure tree limbs and other large plants are not allowed to rub up against the material and damage the finish.
At Weather-Tite Exterior we can install metal roofing for any residential or commercial property you own. Our experienced staff is here to help you protect your Black Hills property throughout the year regardless of the unique weather we experience. Contact us today for a free quote.
Metal Roofing Frequently Asked Questions
Will a Metal Roof Match My Home and The Roofing Style in My Neighborhood?
As metal roofs become more popular different styles and colors are being created every day. Metal roof materials are also being created to look similar to more common roofing materials such as asphalt shingles, cedar shake, or slate roofing. With so many options to choose from, you are bound to find something that makes your style.
Are Metal Roofs Noisier in Bad Weather?
Yes, metal roofs can be a bit harder during rain or hail storms than other roofing materials such as asphalt or composite roofing. However, this noise can be reduced by normal attic insulation.
How Does a Metal Roof Do with the Unpredictable Black Hills Winters?
Metal roofs are one of the best ways to protect your home in the winter. They do great with heavy snow as it melts the snow quickly, which protects the structural integrity. They are one of the best ways to protect your home from high winds as they have a 140-mph wind rating, meaning they can protect your home from winds gusts up to 140 miles per hour. They also offer great protection from both hail and wildfires.