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Types of Metal Roofing and Its Pros & Cons

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Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is one of the most versatile types of roofing. It lasts longer and requires low maintenance, making it a popular option that can be suitably installed on different types of buildings. Moreover, it comes in different colours, materials, and profiles, allowing you to choose the best option based on your taste, preferences, and the overall design of the property.

There are different types of metal roofing materials, and to select the most suitable option for installation at your property, you need to understand the pros and cons of each. Moreover, different types of metal roofing are suitable for different types of properties; therefore, you should select one based on the type of your property and the suitability of the roofing material with it.

This guide provides you with information about metal roofing and its types, with the pros and cons of each.

Types of Metal Roofing Materials

Aluminium

Aluminium is a non-magnetic, non-lustrous, and solid material which has a silvery white colour with a slight bluish tint. It is one of the most famous types of metal roofing materials, suitable for installation in commercial or residential properties located near coasts.

Pros

Aluminium is a naturally occurring malleable metal, making it easy to work with. It is resistant to changing climatic and temperature conditions, as well as corrosion and rust. Being lightweight, it can be easily installed and enhances the property’s energy efficiency by absorbing and retaining heat efficiently. Additionally, it is an eco-friendly roofing material and can be recycled and repurposed.

Cons

Aluminium is soft, more prone to developing dents, and more expensive to buy. It can be subjected to discolouration or fading over time if not treated or coated regularly, and it requires more maintenance.

Copper

Copper has high electrical and thermal conductivity and offers resilience against corrosion. It is also used as a roofing material and can be conveniently installed in residential and commercial buildings.

Pros

It is an aesthetic looking, malleable, and soft roofing material which has natural resistance against corrosion and does not require any additional coating. This material is light in weight and exerts less stress on your property’s structure. It is suitable for installation on buildings which are located in areas which experience more snowfall. Moreover, it is strong and resistant to fire, hailstone, and mildew. Furthermore, copper is a long-lasting and energy-efficient roofing material.

Cons

Copper is an expensive material, and due to its softness, it is more prone to dents and scratches. This roofing material also has more chances of theft because of its high scrap value.

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Lead

Lead is a dense, ductile, highly malleable, and soft metal. It is a durable metal roofing material that is suitable for installation on ecclesiastical, commercial, industrial, and residential properties.

Pros

It is a highly durable roofing material that contracts and expands based on changing weather conditions, ensuring your property’s energy efficiency in all situations. It can be easily moulded into different shapes based on the design of the building on which it is to be installed. It is a fire-resistant material that does not catch fire during intense lightning storms and extremely hot weather conditions. It does not get impacted by atmospheric corrosion and lasts longer. Lead is also resistant to radiation and sound, effectively ensuring the building’s structural integrity.

Cons

Lead is an expensive and heavy material. It is also very toxic and harmful to environmental health when it breaks down after years. It has a high scrap value and is subject to theft problems.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a highly strong iron-based alloy which offers excellent resistance towards corrosion and heat. It is one of the most famous types of metal roofing material and is suitable for installation in commercial, ecclesiastical, residential, and school buildings.

Pros

Stainless steel is a cost-effective roofing material which is highly durable, environmentally sustainable, and long lasting. It is light in weight and can be installed easily and is one of the most cost-effective materials for metal roofing. It is an environmentally friendly material as it can be recycled and is easy to maintain.

Cons

Rusting is one of stainless steel’s main disadvantages; therefore, a layer of zinc or zinc-aluminium is normally coated, which is anticorrosive and provides protection against rusting. Moreover, the sheet can become damaged if animal droppings, dust, debris, etc., are not cleared regularly.

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Tin

Tin is pliable and soft metal which is silvery white in colour. It is rarely used as a roofing material, but it is durable and helps prevent the roof structure from developing cracks over time.

Pros

Tin is a lightweight material that does not put much structural pressure on the property on which it is installed. Its installation process is easy, as it is installed in the form of panels or sheets. Its resistance to corrosion makes it long-lasting.

Cons

Tin is rarely used in some properties and is difficult to purchase commonly, due to which its price drastically varies.

Zinc

Zinc is a highly lustrous metal that is bluish to white in colour and is ductile and malleable. It is the perfect material to enhance the overall aesthetics and appeal of your property, making it stand out from others.

Pros

It is the most energy-efficient metal roofing material, lasting longer and requiring fewer repairs and replacements. It is lightweight and does not put structural stress on buildings, allowing builders to use hand tools conveniently and easily during construction projects. It is cost-effective, durable, and strong, making it an impressive roofing material.

Cons

Zinc is prone towards corrosion when exposed to moisture conditions; therefore, it requires you to consider this factor critically while choosing to install it on your property.

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