Are you thinking about installing a metal roof?
A metal roof is very durable and will last for a long time. It can handle practically any type of weather conditions and is energy-efficient too!
Installing a metal roof system is relatively easy, but before you get to that point, you first need to choose the type that you want to install. When making that selection, you should consider several factors:
Fit of existing home construction
Some metal roof systems need to be installed on a solid deck while others can be fitted on top of an existing roofing type. Ideally, you should select a system that meets your current home construction and can be installed with minimal alterations.
Type of base metal
Metal roof systems are made from various types of base metals, including aluminum, steel, zinc, copper, or even tin. The base metal of your roof will affect not only its appearance but also its durability, weight, energy-efficiency, and overall cost.
Match the home aesthetic
The appearance of your metal roof system should match the aesthetic of your home and surrounding area. Nowadays, there is no shortage of options, and it shouldn’t be too difficult to find one that is a good fit for your home aesthetic, which is important for curb appeal!
Climate and weather conditions
Generally speaking, metal roof systems can cope with most weather conditions. However, some systems do cope with snow, rainstorms, hail, or high temperatures better than others, so you should take that into account.
Although metal roofs are generally energy-efficient, some are more energy-efficient than others. The color of the roof and the metal that it is made from can often affect this, so it is important to keep these in mind.
Type of fastening
Different metal roof systems often use different types of fastening. The two main types are exposed or standing seam (i.e., concealed) fasteners. While exposed fasteners usually are cheaper and easier to install, standing seam fasteners are water-tight and energy-efficient.
Although metal roofing systems are relatively ‘easy’ to install, you will need to hire an experienced contractor to make sure it is done properly. Preferably you should choose a system that your contractor is familiar with and has installed in the past.
When looking at a new roofing system, don’t rush into any decisions and be sure to take your time to slowly look at the various systems from all angles. If everything goes well, the method that you choose will last you a few decades, so you should make it a point to be careful and not overlook any important factors.