9 Types of Metal Roofs & The Pros & Cons

Choosing a Metal Roof

When deciding on your new roof, you have a lot of options to consider. If you’re considering something traditional like asphalt shingles or cedar shake shingles, perhaps take a look at a metal roof. “Metal roofing” is a broad term that covers several different sizes, styles, materials, and colors. Metal roofs bring a lot of benefits, and can definitely increase your curb appeal. Keep reading to discover why your next roof should be a metal roof. 

9 Types of Metal Roofs

  1. Standing Seam – This type of roof is a popular choice because of its sleek look, longevity, and weather resistance. While a more expensive metal option, you may be able to justify the cost because of the durability. Standing seam roofs come in a wide variety of styles and colors and will match any decor. 
  2. Shake Inspired – If you have been considering a wooden shake shingle roof, take a look at the metal option. These shingles give you all the benefits of a metal roof and the look of the wooden shake shingles without the high price point. 
  3. Tile Inspired – Those in warmer climates may be most familiar with the traditional tile roofs. Traditionally made from clay or concrete, the metal option has great weather-resistant features and is one of the most economically-friendly roofing options on the market. 
  4. Slate Inspired – Natural stone is an expensive option when it comes to roofing materials. Additionally, slate tends to be very heavy and can require reinforcements to extend the roof’s lifespan. Slate-inspired metal roofs give you the look of natural slate without the heaviness weighing it down. 
  5. Corrugated – Corrugated metal roofing materials are made from hot-dipped galvanized steel that’s then rolled to create a corrugated pattern. The galvanization & corrugation processes help strengthen the final product and make it more resilient against rust and look better
  6. Zinc – While zinc roofs aren’t popular in the United States, European roofers have been using Zinc for years. Zinc is highly expensive, but can last for almost 100 years- talk about an investment! Zinc is also fire-resistant and can prevent the growth of mold and mildew. 
  7. Aluminum – Aluminum is another highly durable metal roofing option. It’s able to be installed quickly, is energy-efficient, fire-resistant, and provides pesky pest prevention. Aluminum is very flexible and versatile. It matches well with many home design types. 
  8. Copper – Copper is the longest-lasting metal roofing material, but it comes at a price. Similar to zinc in price point and longevity, copper is a great material if you want to invest. It is fire, hail, and mildew resistant. 
  9. Galvanized Steel – This is often called a galvanized roof. It’s simply a steel roof that’s been coated in a protective layer of zinc. This zinc coating helps protect the steel against rust while also improving its appearance. The homeowner can choose the thickness of the coat to their preference. 

Pros and Cons of Metal Roofs

As with anything, there are positives and negatives. Now that you have a better idea of what kind of material you may like, let’s explore the pros and cons of metal roofs. 

Pros of a Metal Roof

There are many benefits of a metal roof. These include: 

  • Longevity. Metal roofs can last anywhere from 40 to 70 years or more. Traditional asphalt shingles have a life expectancy of 12- 20 years. 
  • Durability. If installed correctly, some materials can withstand winds of up to 140 miles per hour. Some materials are hail resistant and can prevent mold and mildew growth. Metal roofs also don’t require the maintenance that traditional asphalt shingles do. 
  • Safety – Metal roofs are fire-resistant. They will not ignite due to a lightning strike, for example. 
  • Energy Efficiency – Metal roofs reflect the sun’s rays that contribute to surface radiant heat. This can result in a 10-25% reduction in cooling costs. 
  • Environmentally Friendly– Metal materials are made from mostly recycled materials, and are also 100% recyclable later down the road. Asphalt shingles are responsible for 20 billion pounds of waste per year. 

Cons of a Metal Roof 

As with any decision, there are some disadvantages to consider. Some popular cons of choosing a metal roof include: 

  • Affordability – Metal roofs can be two to three times as expensive as an asphalt shingle option. However, the trade-off is the longevity of the roof itself. Consider it an investment and enjoy the long-lasting benefits. 
  • Noise – Some people may like the sounds of rain hitting a metal roof, but it can be a turn-off for others. Consider adding a bit more insulation in the attic to reduce noise. 
  • Inconsistencies in Colors – If you do need a repair down the road, it can be difficult to exactly match the color for the repair piece. 

Ridgeline Construction Roofing & Materials – Your Local Metal Roof Expert

When you’re ready to make the switch to metal, give the professionals at Ridgeline Construction a call. Our team is well-educated on all metal roofing options and would love to walk you through the best fit for your home. Whether you are in Spanish Fort, Huntsville, Pensacola, or Tampa, we are standing by ready to help. Get a free quote online today or contact your local office for more information. 

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