Metal roofing is widely known as a durable, stylish, and low-maintenance roofing option, and the benefits of metal roofing make it a great choice for both residential and commercial roof designs. So if you haven’t explored metal roofing, we encourage you to check out the different types of metal roofs available. You can typically choose from copper, zinc, aluminum, and steel, which each have unique pros and cons.
Types of Metal Roofs
Copper roofing, one of the most durable and attractive types of metal roofs, has been around for centuries. Some homeowners avoid copper because of its traditionally higher costs. However, its higher price delivers major benefits. One of copper roofing’s biggest selling points is its durability. It can last for decades if installed and cared for properly. Copper roofs are also 100-percent recyclable, making them an eco-friendly option. Want a little peace and quiet? Copper roofing is softer than other metal roofs, cushioning otherwise noisy bouts of hail or rain.
Zinc is another incredibly durable option, usually lasting for 100 years or more with proper care and installation. Like copper, zinc tends to be a more expensive option, but it offers a variety of benefits. Zinc is 100-percent recyclable and widely available: two factors that contribute to its reputation as one of the most eco-friendly options for metal roofs. Zinc can also take the form of a variety of creative shapes, making it a good option for commercial projects. One of the only downsides of zinc is the chalky finish that it develops over time. You can, however, clean and re-finish zinc roofs to maintain their attractive appearance.
Aluminum roofing is both extremely strong and highly resistant to corrosion. Unlike other metal roofing materials, aluminum resists salt corrosion due to its instant reaction to atmospheric conditions. Aluminum typically costs less than copper or zinc roofs, but it is often more expensive than steel and copper. For this reason, it tends to be applied in a slightly thinner layer, which means it might not be a good fit for regions with high winds or frequent hail.
Steel is generally the most affordable metal roofing option. That makes it a common solution for commercial and residential projects. It’s also versatile enough for almost every aspect of a building project. Finally, steel is made out of a highly recyclable metal alloy, making it another eco-friendly option for your roof. It’s important to be aware that not all forms of steel are created equal; there are several differences between galvanized, galvalume, and weathering steel:
- Galvanized steel, the most common type of steel roofing material, includes an outer layer of zinc to protect the more delicate inner layer of steel from corrosion.
- Galvalume steel is similar to galvanized steel. However, galvalume steel has a coating of both aluminum and zinc. That gives the steel a more uniform appearance and offers slightly better surface protection than galvanized steel.
- Weathering steel is the most heavy-duty steel option, originally designed for heavy steel industries. The outer layer of steel intentionally rusts, forming a protective layer over the inner steel. Since it’s designed to rust and thus very distinctive in appearance, it’s often used for bold roof designs or as an accent.
Ready to evaluate the best types of metal roofs for your building project? If you live in southern Missouri, contact Taylor-Made Roofing for help. With over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial roofing, Taylor-Made Roofing is a company that you can trust with all of your roofing needs. Our family-owned business offers quality services, a reassuring warranty, and free estimates. For more information regarding when to replace siding, please give us a call at 877-889-1718 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!