4 Metal Roofing Materials You Should Know


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Metal roofing includes many types of alloys. Do your homework before choosing a material. (Member MRA Boral Steel) More homeowners – particularly in hurricane-prone areas – are choosing metal roofing on asphalt slabs and other materials. This is because metal roofs are durable, energy efficient, and can withstand harsh weather. However, ‘metal roofing’ is a general term for a variety of different types of alloys, each with their own unique properties. If you are thinking of creating a new metal ceiling for your home, it is important to know the differences and make an informed decision. Here are four common metal roof options and what you should know about each of them.Steel roofs come in many styles, including tiles, screeds, and slates. . (MRA Decra Member) 1. SteelSteel is one of the strongest metal roofing options available. Made of iron and other elements, it can withstand cold and high winds, combined with heavy snow and ice loads. Steel roofs are available in many different colors and coatings, with popular options such as galvanized and Galvalume ™. The outer layer of galvanized steel with zinc protects the inner layer of steel from corrosion. Galvalume ™ uses a mixture of aluminum and zinc to protect the steel. . Strength, elegance, and energy efficiency attract many homeowners to steel. Quality steel roofs – which can resemble clay tiles, vibration, or panels – can last more than 50 years, plus steel is the most recycled material on the planet, making it one of the most environmentally friendly metal roofing options. Copper ceilings are elegant and timeless. (Member of MRA McElroy Metal) 2. Copper roofs, a centuries-old favorite, are eye-catching and timeless. It also comes at a high cost compared to the alternatives due to the high demand and scarcity of supply, since the metal reflects heat rather than absorbing it, so using it as a roofing material – when properly assembled and ventilated – enhances energy efficiency. The appearance of aging, weathered copper changes the appearance of a thin layer of stains due to chemical processes such as oxidation. Many homeowners want this popular with architectural roofing systems. However, the natural compounds of copper may accelerate the corrosion of neighboring metals. Therefore, copper must be separated from other metals. It is recommended that homeowners use a clamp that is familiar with any copper projects. Aluminum roof is ideal in coastal climates due to its resistance to salt erosion. (MRA Member Classic Metal Roofing) 3. Aluminum: Aluminum resists salt corrosion, making it preferred for beachfront homes and indoor homes in coastal climates. In terms of cost, it is located between copper and steel, and the durability of this metal roofing material comes from its main component. When exposed to oxygen, aluminum produces a layer of aluminum oxide that seals the inner layer of the metal. This protects the roof from corrosion and provides long-lasting protection. High-quality aluminum panels have a high strength-to-weight ratio and a thicker steel profile, providing superior protection during harsh weather such as hurricanes, and like copper develops patina aluminum, although many homeowners prefer to treat aluminum ceilings with coatings and coatings. Protective, zinc is a softer metal that can be shaped and processed in many different methods. (© Kara, Adobe Stock Photos) 4. Zinc From its inception to installation, zinc is considered to be sustainable and exceptionally durable compared to other roofing materials. Zinc requires only a quarter of the energy required to process steel or copper; Low melting point – 420 ° C – makes high-quality roofing systems last for centuries; And it is 100 percent recyclable. A softer metal, zinc is easy to shape and work with. This results in a wide range of flexible and unique ceiling designs. The cost of zinc is comparable to copper, and zinc reacts similarly to its environment, changing its appearance as it ages and the weather of the elements. While zinc scratches self-heal over time, the material is subject to visible “chalk” as water collects and flows. This is why they are usually sealed with a protective coating – and why it is important to work with a installer who is knowledgeable and has experience with zinc formulations. For more information on types of metals, how to choose a quality metal roof built to last, and additional details on metal roofing properties and performance capabilities, download a free copy of the MRA Residential Metal Ceiling Buyer’s Guide at www.metalroofing.com. reading


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