Metal has always been renowned for being a great choice for both residential and commercial roofs. A lightweight material, metal is also durable and easier to maintain than some other more common roofing choices.
In order to choose the best type of metal for our roof, we should consider our location first. For instance, an aluminium roof is great when it comes to resisting rust in salty regions; however, it isn’t as durable as some other types of metal roofs. Copper, steel, zinc, and tin also have their advantages. In the end, the type of material we choose depends on what works best for our needs.
Let’s check 5 of the most popular types of metal roofing materials to choose from:
In the world of metal roofing, copper roofing is the grandfather material. Used for centuries in all parts of the world, copper remains one of the most utilised materials in metal roofing to this day. It is exceptionally durable — in ideal environments, we can expect it to last more than a hundred years. Plus, copper is 100% recyclable, which makes it a great eco-friendly option.
Another extremely long-lasting metal roofing material is zinc. Very malleable, it can heal its own scratches over time and stay strong for more than a century. Its natural properties make it one of the most favoured materials for all sorts of commercial projects. Zinc can be easily manipulated and formed into amazing shapes. Just like copper, most zinc roofing materials are also 100% recyclable.
If we are aiming for creativity when creating roofing designs, aluminium is the right material to use. It is very malleable and light-weight, which allows for unique designs. Also, aluminium is ideal for those living in coastal areas since it is very resistant to corrosion (which can be caused by sea salt and moisture). Another advantage of aluminium roofing is its durability; when it gets exposed to oxygen, aluminium creates a protective barrier, thus preventing rusting and/or oxidisation.
If we live in areas prone to hurricanes and high winds, steel should be our choice of roofing material since it’s a higher-strength metal. In addition, steel can retain heat (great for cold climates), and it is fire resistant. On top of that, being one of the most recycled materials in the world, steel is considered very green material.
Tin is a metal that was rarely used for roofing. It was mainly used for canning materials. However, when people realised that they could flatten tin for shingling, it became another option for making roofs.
Still, since there are many more durable materials such as steel, aluminium, zinc, and copper available, people rarely opt for tin as a standard roofing material.
All five roofing metals have their advantages, but in the end, choosing the right metal for your roof comes down to the roofing contractor you choose, your budget, location and overall roofing requirements.
In order to avoid complications, be sure to hire experienced and professional roofing contractors who have previously worked with the type of metal you decide to use for your new roofing project.