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Types of Metal Roofing
Metal roofing offers a wide spectrum of variations and materials under its umbrella, all of which can be installed by Rhoden Roofing out of Andover, KS. These are some of the most popular metal roofing varieties:
Aluminium roofing has many benefits that homeowners and business owners are attracted to. While it is durable, corrosion-resistant, cost-effective, and eco-friendly, aluminum roofing also doesn’t rust, enables smoother water runoff, and reflects the sun better than other metal roofing materials. This also makes it energy-efficient.
A popular choice for roofing in hail-prone areas particularly, steel roofing is super durable and low maintenance, which ranks it high on the longevity scale. Like most metal roofing materials, the heat reflection also contributes to reduced energy use and costs.
Copper as a roofing material is definitely one of the rare metal roofing alternatives, but its unique finish is one of its stand-out features and one that is bound to increase the home’s curb appeal. Given its lightweight and malleability, it can be fashioned in a variety of ways to mimic tiles, shingles, brick, etc.
Standing Seam Metal Roofing
Standing-seam roofs are the most popular iteration of metal roofing. Essentially, this type of roofing raises the seams beyond the level of the actual roof, thereby creating panels that run from the ridge to the eaves of the roof. Its interlocking system ensures that a watertight seal is created, and also makes it one of the strongest, most reliable roof systems on the market today.
Corrugated Metal Roofing
Corrugated metal is made from galvanized steel rolled into a wavy pattern. This corrugation process enhances the strength of the material, making corrugated metal roofing a tough metal roofing option. It’s often seen in the industry and less on homes, but its lightweight, durability, and water-shedding features are making it a viable option for the home.
Metal shingles are one of the most popular options for residential roofing. Its major appeal is the combination of all the great characteristics of metal while giving homeowners the ability to customize the look and feel to their preference. Metal shingles can mimic the finish of more premium roofing alternatives like slate roofs, clay and concrete tiles, and cedar, at a fraction of the cost, and with strength, durability, and longevity guaranteed.
For a lot more detail and a breakdown of roofing costs to expect for replacements, repairs, and components, see our Cost Series.
Advantages of Metal Roofs
Metal is one of the most reliable roofing materials on the market for both residential and commercial roofs. These are some of the characteristics that make it a great roofing option:
Metal roofing holds up well against all types of harsh weather conditions. It is even able to withstand debris and animal activity. The impact of extreme weather in the Andover area makes metal roofing an excellent choice for durability.
Maintenance on a metal roof is so easy that you could almost install it and forget about it. As with any roofing material, regular maintenance is a must, but the upkeep on metal roofing is so limited, that compared to other solutions like shingles, concrete, or tile, you’ll have a worry-free roof and save on costs in the long run.
Its durability and ease of maintenance contribute to metal roofing lasting a very long time – up to 50-70 years. That means that you may very well never have to replace your home’s roof again in your lifetime.
In most cases, a quality metal roof will be made of anything from 35% – 95% recyclable and/or recycled material. While the lifespan of a metal roofing will be very long, when it does come time to remove it for whatever reason, the entire thing will be 100% recyclable, as opposed to being dumped in a landfill. In addition, its heat-reflecting capabilities mean the homeowner will save on home energy costs too, by reducing the need for cooling in the home.
While your metal roofing will cost more upfront to install, it will cost less over its lifetime. The long-term investment is well worth it considering the reduction of maintenance and repair costs over the roof’s lifetime – a far cry from alternatives like asphalt shingles. On top of that, metal roof warranties also tend to be exceptional.
The Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingle Roofing
When making your decision about the type of roofing you prefer, there will be pros and cons. It’s best to know what to expect.
Pros of Asphalt Shingles
- Affordability: in conjunction with financing options, asphalt is a no-brainer for homeowners on a budget. With proper installation and maintenance, a quality roof doesn’t have to break the bank.
- Color Variety: It comes in a wide variety of colors, ranging from neutrals to statement colors. Depending on how much you want to spend, you can even choose asphalt shingle roofing that emulates wood or slate.
- Simple Installation: Asphalt shingle roof repair is simple and cost-effective. New shingles can sometimes be installed on top of existing shingles. With proper maintenance asphalt shingle roofing has a lifespan of up to 20 years.
Cons of Asphalt Shingles
- Not Environmentally Friendly: Asphalt shingles are not recyclable since they can release harmful emissions. As the shortest roof lifespan, asphalt shingles contribute a lot of waste.
- Susceptible to Weather: Wide-ranging temperatures and extreme weather conditions can cause cracks and warping of some asphalt shingle types.
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How long do metal roofs last?
Metal is one of the roofing materials giving homeowners minimal hassle and bang for their buck in terms of longevity. While some materials may require a roof replacement every 20-30 years, metal roofs can enjoy a lifespan of 40-70 years. This means you may never have to replace your home’s roof in your lifetime again.
Are metal roofs noisy when it rains?
Do metal roofs keep the house cooler?
One of metal’s best characteristics is the fact that it reflects heat in summer, which can greatly reduce the home’s temperature and mitigate the need for any energy-guzzling artificial cooling.
In need of metal roofing services? We’re here to help! Contact Rhoden Roofing today to schedule your free consultation with one of our trusted metal roofing specialists.
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