Metal roofing is a really good choice for locations that experience pretty severe seasonal changes. Metal roofing handles intense sunlight very well, but also does a great job of dispelling water. Metal roofing may seem expensive, but in reality, it’s actually quite cost effective. Metal roofing also gives a nice, modern look to both residential and commercial buildings. If you are looking for a solid roofing choice, that is particularly trendy right now, metal is a fantastic option for you.
Types of Metal Roofing
As in other types of roofing, such as shingled roofing, there are quite a few options to choose from when it comes to metal roofing. There are three, main, types of metal roofing: corrugated, layered and flat. Corrugated metal roofing is a flat sheet of meal that is pressed in to long channels, giving the roof ridges, and valleys, with which water can drain in to. This roof is especially good for snow and ice. Layered metal roofing is applied in layered sheets, kind of reminiscent of shingles. Flat metal roofing is, literally, exactly that: a flat metal sheet that covers your building, and looks ultra modern in the process.
Metal roofing has some pretty definite advantages over shingle roofing. Metal roofing is less prone to fire damage. Metal roofing also does a really good job at protection from the elements, as it can stand up well under nearly all weather conditions. Shingles are good at protection, but they are more prone to breaking down in more severe conditions, whereas metal can weather the storms. Because metal is impenetrable from water, it also does incredibly well at holding up under melting snow and ice. Because metal is heavy, it also is effective against strong winds.
One of the biggest benefits of metal roofing is that it does an amazing job at temperature control. It’s common thinking that, because metal gets super hot, it would do a poor job at dealing with intense sunlight. That train of thought is wrong though. Because metal collects heat energy, it actually dispels heat away from your home or business. Tiles and shingles actually trap and pass heat energy in to your home, while metal roofing helps to bounce that heat energy off and away.
Because of this, metal roofing can actually help with interior temperature control; lowering your heating and cooling bills in the process.
Metal Roof Repair
Metal roofing can be easier to repair than other roofing, but it doesn’t always look as good once repaired. In shingled roofing, single shingles can be replaced; not disrupting the look of your roof. However, in metal roofing, if your roof is made to look as though it one, single piece of metal, any patch job is going to ruin that effect. If something does damage your metal roof, and a piece of it needs to be patched, it’s easy enough to put a new sheet of metal on top of the damage piece. The problem is that, it won’t look “correct” unless an entirely new metal roof is put on.