Different Kinds of Metal Roofs

February 3, 2021 1:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When you need a durable, beautiful and weathertight roof, metal roofing is the way to go. Not only does it last up to 70 years, but it’s low maintenance, cost effective and comes in plenty of different styles and colors. Read on to learn more about the different kinds of metal roofs in Alaska, then call your local roofing contractor to get started on your new roof.

Metal types

  • Aluminum: Aluminum is great for residential roofs, thanks to its light weight, corrosion resistance, energy efficiency and durability. It’s especially great for stamped profile roofing, which emulates the look of shingles, shake or tile—without all the extra maintenance that comes along with those roof types. Since aluminum never rusts, it’s ideal for rainy and snowy climates. However, it’s a little more expensive than steel and isn’t quite as hail resistant as other metals.
  • Galvalume steel: This type of steel is formed by a base of carbon and iron, then coated with an aluminum and zinc alloy. Galvalume steel is incredibly corrosion resistant, but shows wear and tear a little faster. It’s extremely strong and relatively inexpensive (although slightly more expensive than galvanized steel). This type of metal is ideal for standing seam roofs.
  • Galvanized steel: Galvanized steel has a carbon and iron base, coated with a zinc alloy. This is the most common type of metal used in roofing, thanks to its strength and paint-friendly nature. It’s one of the least expensive metals, and the zinc alloy helps protect against scratches and rust. Galvanized steel almost always comes pre-painted.
  • Copper: Copper roofs are beautiful—but they’re also incredibly expensive. Because of the hefty price tag, most homeowners use it as an accent rather than for the entire roof. It’s available in sheets and shingles, and can add an elegant touch to large homes, churches and historic buildings. Best of all, it forms a natural verdigris patina over time.
  • Other metals: Other metals are available, but may be harder to find or more expensive. Titanium, terne-coated stainless steel and rolled zinc are just a few of the custom options some architects are able to custom order.

Metal roof styles

  • Stamped profiles: If you’re roofing a residential or commercial building, stamped profiles are a great choice—they can emulate the look of shingles, shake or tile, but with the durability of metal.
  • Standing seam: Standing seam roofs are the most durable type of metal roof. The fasteners are concealed, so this type offers superior weatherproofing. They’re suitable for residential, commercial and industrial applications—including structural roofs.
  • Sheet roofing: Sheet roofing is manufactured and installed in large metal sheets, which may be crimped in different widths. This type of roofing has exposed fasteners. While not as beautiful or weatherproof as the other two types, it’s still economical and will last for decades.

When you’re ready to add a metal roof to your Alaska building, call Superior Products Inc. We offer residential, commercial and industrial roofing services to the entire state. Get a quote when you reach out today.

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