Is a metal roof right for your home?

Is a metal roof right for your home?

A metal roof may be a bit more expensive than other options, but it also comes with plenty of extra advantages. If you're looking to upgrade your roof, keep in mind the advantages that come with metal panels that different types of metal roofs can provide.


  • Heat protection: Metal rooftops tend to be more reflective than other types of roofing materials. This means they reflect plenty of heat, which keeps the house cooler and saves money on air conditioning.
  • Appearance: Metal roofing can lend a modern and elegant appearance to many different houses. You may have vague ideas about steel and tin corrugated roofing, but today's rooftops have attractive metal panels and metal shingles that can look even better than traditional shingles do.
  • Fire resistance: Metal roof panels allow extra protection against fire due to the nature of metals and their coatings. While metals do transfer heat more easily, they also resist burning more readily than traditional shingles do.
  • Longevity: Metal roofs tend to last between 40 and 60 years, according to the Metal Roofing Alliance, longer than any other type of roofing material. The price may be higher, but with fewer replacement needs, metal roofs can save money over time.

Metal roofing styles

Plenty of metal roof styles exist for different options, and the one that is right for you depends on your home or business. Panels, shingles and tiles can all be made from metals. Corrugated metal is fit only for sheds: For businesses and houses, more advanced options look both beautiful and modern.

Metal roof types

When choosing a metal roof, you have several options when it comes to materials. Consider the colors, materials and styles available. Common products are made from the following:

  • Standing-seam steel: Standing-seam steel and vertical-seam panels act the same way. They consist of panels fastened carefully with screws to the roof, one layered on the next, much like shingles but without as much overlap. They offer houses a more advanced, modern appearance.
  • Coated steel: Coated steel is usually made in the form of shingles or smaller panels. However, it is coated with other materials that change its color and increase its resistance. With the right coatings, these coated steel rooftops can match a variety of colors and shades so you don't have to worry about the rest of your house. Coated steel can also give additional protection, such as zinc coatings.
  • Aluminum: Aluminum rooftops tend to be lighter than steel options, which makes them more useful for rooftops that must be especially lightweight because of structural issues. They also resist rust better than steel roofs.
  • Copper: Copper rooftops have a high-quality appearance and material than other roof materials do not offer. They may cost more, but their classic look can't be beat.

Metal roofs offer many benefits that are worth the investment, and their modern styles make them an attractive option for homeowners.

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