It can sometimes seem like there are as many types of roofing materials as there are roofs in America, especially for the new homebuilder who's already overwhelmed by paint swatches, blueprints, and landscaping decisions. But there's a category of roofing that's slowly becoming more and more popular, despite the sometimes negative publicity it gets: metal roofing. If you're curious about this tried-and-true roofing material, then here's what you need to know.
Fact #1: There's more than one type of metal roof
When you hear the term "metal roof," you may have the image of a tin-topped shack. Lay your preconceptions at the door, however, because there are lots of types of metal for you to make your roof out of. There are three that are the most common:
- This shiny metal is usually sheet iron that's been coated with tin and (occasionally) lead, and lasts a long time, provided you keep its protective plating intact.
- Galvanized Steel
- Steel lasts practically forever and is inexpensive, as far as roofing materials go. It also resists rust, which can be super important if you live in a wet climate, and is versatile, able to be applied to nearly any type of home.
- Super low maintenance and corrosion-resistant, aluminum helps reflect heat and can last upwards of 35 years. It's also extremely light and can be made from recycled materials, which helps lessen your home's carbon footprint.
Fact #2: They're great for the environment
When considering metal roofing, "eco-friendly" isn't usually the first word that comes to mind. However, metal roofs of all types are made (at least partially) out of recycled metals, which not only takes metal out of landfills but also saves the planet the energy and fuel needed to create roofing material from scratch.
Fact #3: They're (mostly) impervious to weather
Metal roofing doesn't have any superpowers, per se -- but it does stand up well to both mild and extreme weather. Its slickness lets water, hail, and snow run right off the edge without building up, while its toughness stands up to high wind areas and those places prone to tornadoes and hurricanes -- it takes a lot more than a stray tree branch to damage a metal roof.
In the event that you live in wildfire country, a metal roof can be the best choice -- metal doesn't burn, which gives your home a good chance or surviving even the most intense blaze long enough for the fire department to come. For more information, contact P Cooper Roofing or a similar company.