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Which Metal Is Right For Your New Metal Roof?

If you want to get a metal roof, knowing what type would be smart to figure out. Read our blog to learn more information about metal roofing types.

If you're planning to get a new metal roof, one of the first decisions you need to make is the type of metal you'll choose. Metal roofs are made of several types of metal, so you'll want your roofer to explain the cost, pros, and cons of each. Here are five types of metal to consider and their good and bad points.

1. Copper Is Expensive but Luxurious

Copper roofs aren't too common because of their cost. They're often placed on historic or government buildings, but they're also installed on homes. Copper is a beautiful material that would be a good touch for a luxury home. Copper is also quite durable, and a copper roof should last for decades.

You could let the copper oxidize so it develops a green patina as it ages, or you could maintain the copper, so it keeps its shiny copper color. Copper has several good points. The bad point is the initial upfront cost to have it installed.

2. Aluminum Resists Rust and Corrosion

Aluminum is a popular choice in metal roofing for homes. Aluminum is lightweight, so it can be installed over old roofing without taking the old roof off first. Aluminum doesn't have problems with rust, so it shouldn't need many repairs during its lifetime.

Aluminum roofs last for years and can be made to look like shingles, tiles, or shakes. This gives you a lot of options for how your finished roof will look. Aluminum roofing doesn't have many bad points, and it's a good choice for most homes.

3. Steel Roofing Is More Affordable

Steel roofing is another popular choice with homeowners. Steel is tougher than aluminum, so it doesn't dent as easily. If your area gets hail, you may prefer steel over aluminum. However, a bad point is that steel can rust when the protective coating is scratched, so a steel roof should be checked regularly so rust can be removed before it eats a hole through the metal panel.

If a steel panel rusts, the rust can be removed, and the area covered with a metal patch. Steel roofing panels come in a variety of colors so you can choose a solid color that complements your siding and matches the environment around your home.

4. Zinc Is Luxury Roofing

Zinc metal roofing isn't as popular as other options, but it is an excellent roofing material. However, like copper, the downside is that it's expensive. Also, like copper, a zinc roof develops a patina as it ages, so it's an attractive roofing material. It's also quite durable and lasts for many decades. Zinc is low maintenance and worth a look if it fits your budget and your roofer supplies zinc panels.

5. Stone-Coated Metal Panels Look Like Asphalt Shingles

If you love the look of asphalt shingles, but you wish they were more durable, then look into stone-coated steel roofing. Your roof will have the durability of steel with the added protection of a stone granule coating on the roof's surface. Stone-coated metal roofing provides excellent water and wind protection while you enjoy having a roof that looks like asphalt shingles. It's also a more expensive type of roofing, but it costs less than stone tiles.

Choosing the type of metal roofing for your home might be a matter of cost, but if you have a large budget, you might make your choice based on appearance. However, also think about maintenance needs and longevity.

If you're interested in getting a new metal roof, call Wortham Brothers Roofing. We can help you choose the right roofing for your home whether you want metal or something else. We do new installations and roof repairs too, so we can keep your roof in good shape in the years to come.

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