For such a long time metal roofing has been of a zinc sheet tacked to shed roofs or as a fancy finish on architect-designed house. Metal roofing has come a long way and there are now some terrific options available.
Forms of Metal Roofing Materials
The type of metal for the roof is really a major consideration in terms of look and cost. One of the most affordable options available is Aluminum and is good value for money due to its durability and longevity whilst Galvanized steel has a proven long life.
Zinc is always a choice and is a lot more attractive than the shed roof sheet but there are also some different choices to think on including copper and stainless. Metal Shake is a style that has the appearance of authentic wood which will come in many different finishes and is naturally more durable than the wood it is mimicking. Metals with a faux stone finish are also available.
In case you have environmental concerns there are roofing options made from so called natural metals which develop a patina with age and naturally blend to their surroundings and are 100% recyclable.
Atoz Construction Styles
As well as the range of metals available, there are several style options for your brand-new metal roof. No longer restricted to corrugated sheets, there’s a whole range of different types of metal panelling – ribbed, plain, snap locking and these usually come with the choice of visible or invisible fixing.
As well as panels and to complement the full selection of metals and the colours and finishes that these metals now present, you can find tiles and shingles with a whole slew of designs to provide your home with traditional or contemporary look. If you prefer a house with a roof that looks like it is made of Spanish tile or welsh grey slate, with a metal roof you could have it.
As well as giving your house a brilliant look, there are many practical advantages to metal roofs. Straight off, metal roofs are quick and easy to install particularly if panels are used. Also, they are a whole lot lighter than conventional roofs being up to seven times less weighty per square metre than roof tiles. This makes metal roofs especially ideal for fragile buildings.
The other benefits are:
Longevity and durability
Metal roofing doesn’t crack or rot and it doesn’t warp or curl. Neither panels or shingles split or break, they don’t really break or burn nor will be the finishes susceptible to peeling. Metal roofing can be probably the most resistant to freezing and thawing, snow, hail, wind and fire.
Low maintenance costs
Other than maybe the casual brushing down if leaves stick there is absolutely no maintenance required. Should you have painted on the metal roofing’s natural finish that may require caring for or replacing in a similar way as any other painted surface.
Long term warranties
Thanks to the longevity and durability of the materials found in metal roofing, manufacturers and installers are pleased to provide very long warranties and guarantees.
Metal roofs save you money with reduced heating and cooling costs and some materials have already been shown to present costs savings of 40% in comparison to conventional roofs.
Increased resale value
The use of metal means that no future delipidation factor needs to be built in for the roof and potential buyers know they never have to take into account a new roof in the house’s lifetime.
Increased aesthetic appeal and curb value
With a range of style options, a metal roof perfectly complements any type of home and fits with any neighbourhood. They are also ideal for historic buildings that want replacement roofs as they may bring the building right current whilst retaining the original look.
As well as being energy efficient in their production, saving energy when used, metals used in roofing are completely 100% recyclable and don’t add to landfill sites.
Ease of fitment
A new metal roof can be laid over an existing roof without the need to remove the shingles or tiles which are already there. This will help reduce the cost of a new roof installation and save in a lot of mess having to be cleared up before the job can begin proper.