A well-maintained metal roof can serve you up to 30 long years. The durability of a metal roof is one of the most attractive features of metal roofing systems. Durability is the most discussed-about feature as it depends on other important factors such as design and the type of metal.

Metal roofing refers to a wide range of products rather than a single product. Not all of the metals are created equal and thus the benefits and drawbacks differ for each of them.

What follows is a brief description of the metal roof, the popular trend and the top 5 types of metal roofing materials with their pros and cons. 

What Is Metal Roof?

Just as the name suggests, the roofing system is mainly composed of metal panels. The choice of metal type and design may differ for each house design. It is generally characterized by its longevity, impermeability, and pest resistance.

Popular Trends And Types Of Metal Roofing

The choice of metal depends on various factors such as the budget limits, house design, available installer, and climatic conditions. Aluminum is the most commonly used metal.

1. Aluminum

It is the most reliable option when comes to metal roofing. Aluminum is lightweight, easy to install and amazingly durable. Let us look at the pros and cons.

Pros

It is quite expensive metal roofing material as it can cost up to $28000 for installation.

2. Copper

When you compare roofing materials according to their usage by mankind, copper is the oldest one. A lot of traditional homes with metal roofing systems have copper roofs.

Pros

  • Copper withstands the most extreme climates and can be considered safe for almost every geographical region.
  • The sturdy surface of copper makes it damage and dent resistant. The holes can be easily secured.

Cons

  • A copper roof is the most expensive when it comes to material and installation costs.
  • Copper can expand or contract and can conduct electricity.

 

3. Tin

Tin roofs are hard to find but still an option if you are looking for metal roofing materials. It is often used by enthusiasts for making a statement and added curb appeal.

 Pros

Owing to the difficult installation methods and compromised durability, tin is the least used roof metal. It is not considered safe for building standards.

4. Steel

Steel is not purely a metal but an alloy known for its numerous benefits. It is now being used as building materials.

Pros

The steel roof is virtually perfect roofing systems as it has no cons provided regular maintenance.

5. Zinc

Zinc has emerged as a standard material for most residential buildings.

Pros

  • It can be used for any roof design.
  • The self-healing properties of zinc minimize the costs of metal roof leak repair.
  • The best option when it comes to corrosion resistance.
  • Zinc is an eco-friendly option.

Cons

Zinc is a soft metal and may be easily damaged during extreme weather conditions.

 

Each of the above-mentioned roofing materials has its own advantages, the cost may play an important role in popular choices. If you have tight budget limits, steel is your go-to option. Copper may be toughest. The choice greatly varies from each home design and homeowner.

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