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Metal Roofing Buying Guide

How to buy metal roofing, with in-depth consumer reports on metal roof materials and types.

The popularity of metal roofing products has increased over the past decade. This implies that homeowners and builders are growing more and more aware of the benefits of metal roofing systems and its characteristics such as durability, fire-resistant, and lightweight. – National Roofing Contractors Association

A contractor favors metal roofs for their qualities such as longevity and speed of installation. Most of all, the characteristics that helps homeowners to save energy on cooling bills and may even qualify for tax credits is one of the best qualities a metal roof has.

Metal roofing materials are made primarily from aluminum and steel, but other materials, such as copper and alloys, are also used but can be very expensive.

The most common and sensible of available Metal roofing materials are made primarily from aluminum and steel because they are economical and durable. Copper and alloy can be very expensive. But one of the cons is that aluminum is prone to denting and damage and steel corrodes if the finish is compromised.

Choosing a Look for Metal Roofing

Residential Metal panel roofing, applied in sheets, has raised ribs. It comes in two basic forms which are sheet-like panels and shingles.

Metal panel roofing. The most familiar pattern of panel-style metal roofing, “standing-seam roofing,” has raised ribs every 6 or 12 inches and is applied vertically on a roof and doesn’t attempt to look like anything other than what it is: metal roofing.  It has a decidedly commercial look that is favored by architects for its honest, clean, contemporary appearance; it is commonly used on homes ranging from mountain cabins to modern masterpieces but would look very out-of-place on a Colonial home.

Metal shingle-style roofing  is quite different than sheet roofing. With this style, metal is formed into shapes that imitate Spanish tile, wood shakes, or slate. These shingles are typically given multiple-layer factory finishes that may include granulated-stone topcoats to complete the realistic effect.

Source: Hometips