When considering residential roof replacement, most people don’t think about metal. Metal seems too noisy, too hot, and too industrial. But metal roofs have progressed in leaps and bounds in recent years, adding an element to their versatility and eco-friendliness that most don’t consider: they’re beautiful!
Metal roofs make a great alternative to traditional roofing materials for residential homes for many practical reasons. They are extremely durable, often with lifespans that stretch 50 years or more. They are also extremely eco-friendly, in that they are often made from recycled materials to begin with, and are able to be recycled when their lifespan is up.
The beauty of metal roofing materials isn’t something most people really consider, but they ought to. Here’s why!
- They enhance curb appeal. Metal roofs give a timeless look that is broadly distinctive, and that’s just one more of the benefits that make it attractive to potential buyers. And you always want your home to look its best, but especially when you’re considering selling it.
- They look like they are brand new for a long time. Thanks to their durability, metal roofs still often look great after decades of wear and tear. They’re also naturally resistant to mold, mildew and algae, which are all problematic when it comes to asphalt roofs. Aside from the fact that you don’t want greenery growing on your roof, mildew and mold and algae can all leave stains that discolor an asphalt roof. They aren’t even able to grow on a metal one!
- They have come a long way: when most people think of a metal roof they think of an airplane hangar or the like. Residential roof replacements in metal come in many different color options and are built to enhance your home’s beauty.
- Color options truly abound. Metal roofs come in a huge variety of colors and styles, and can be made to look just like any other type of roofing material, if you prefer. And some develop patinas over time that are extremely attractive, a feature you’ll want to look into if you’re looking at getting a copper roof.
Metal roofing does tend to be more expensive than asphalt roofing, for sure. But for a residential roof replacement, metal roofs make an extremely durable, long-lasting, effective alternative that can be just as attractive, possibly more so, than a traditional asphalt roof or any other type of traditional material.
Metal roofing also comes in various different types of metals, all of which have their own pros and cons. These are:
- Copper: copper roofing is one of the most expensive types, but it is extremely long-lasting (potentially up to over 200 years) and is quite easily recycled. Copper roofing has been used for centuries, all over the world.
- Aluminum: the most popular metal roofing option in coastal climates, aluminum’s resistance to salt corrosion is by far the best of all metal roofing types. Because aluminum comes in such an extraordinary variety of options when it comes to residential roof replacement, you’ll want to work closely with your Sacramento roofing company to ensure all necessary considerations are being made in terms of cost and benefit with aluminum roofing.
- Zinc: Zinc is probably the “greenest” of metal roofing materials due to its very low melting point. It takes ¼ the energy to make a zinc roof as opposed to a copper one of similar size. Zinc is not the most attractive material over time due to the “chalking” effect it develops, although there are paints and treatments that can be applied to minimize this.
- Steel: Steel is an alloy made of other elements, such as iron. Steel is the least expensive of any of the metal roofing options, and also an incredibly eco-friendly building material, as it is highly recyclable. There are 3 subtypes of steel roofing: galvanized, galvalume, and weathering steel. Steel roofing comes in myriad options in terms of paints, finishes, and wear & tear, making steel a highly versatile material for residential roof replacements.
- Tin: Tin roofing does actually still exist, but it’s extremely rare and all roofing sold as tin today is either galvanized steel or aluminum material. Tin roofing came about when rural populations flattened tin food containers and used that material as shingles in patching their roofs. It’s a favorite nostalgia item of DIYers and the like, but in reality, tin was never used as a primary roofing substrate and was only really used as described above. Tin still has plenty of uses, but none of them are in roofing.
One last concern many have is the noisiness that might be possible with a metal roof. The truth is, metal roofing is no more or less noisy in a storm than any other material would be. And it’ll last virtually forever. One thing homeowners who own asphalt roofs get to look forward to is another residential roof replacement in 15-25 years. A metal roof will last at least double that, and look much more attractive the whole time!
Your local roofing company in Sacramento will be happy to discuss any and all options with you for your residential roof replacement. Contact us today!