For so long 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 quite a distance and there are now some terrific options available.
Types of Metal Roofing Materials
The type of metal for your 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 far more attractive than the shed roof sheet but there are also some different choices to think on including copper and stainless steel. 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 really is mimicking. Metals with a faux stone finish may also be available.
When you have environmental concerns you can find roofing options made from so called natural metals which develop a patina with age and naturally blend into their surroundings and are 100% recyclable.
Atoz Constrution Styles
As well as the range of metals available, there are numerous style options for your brand-new metal roof. No longer restricted to corrugated sheets, there is a whole range of different types of metal panelling – ribbed, plain, snap locking and these usually come with the option 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 complete slew of designs to supply your house with traditional or contemporary look. If you want a home with a roof that appears like it is manufactured from Spanish tile or welsh grey slate, with a metal roof you could have it.
As well as giving your home a brilliant look, there are various practical benefits to metal roofs. Straight off, metal roofs are quick and easy to install particularly if panels are used. They are also a whole lot lighter than conventional roofs being around seven times less weighty per square metre than roof tiles. This makes metal roofs especially suitable 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 are the finishes prone to peeling. Metal roofing can be 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 no maintenance required. If you have painted on the metal roofing’s natural finish which will require caring for or replacing in exactly the same way as any painted surface.
Long term warranties
Because of the longevity and durability of the materials used in metal roofing, manufacturers and installers are pleased to provide very long warranties and guarantees.
Metal roofs save you money with reduced cooling and heating costs and some materials have already been shown to present costs savings of 40% compared to conventional roofs.
Increased resale value
The use of metal means that no future delipidation factor has to be built-in for the roof and potential buyers know they never have to think about 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 sort of home and fits with any neighbourhood. Also, they are 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 conserving within their production, saving energy when used, metals used in roofing are completely 100% recyclable and do not add to landfill sites.
Ease of fitment
A new metal roof can also be laid over an existing roof without the need to eliminate the shingles or tiles that are already there. This will help reduce the cost of a fresh roof installation and save in a lot of mess having to be cleared up before the job can begin proper.