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Give a Better Look with Metal Roofing 

Due to a number of benefits of metal roofing many people are opting for this. There are different materials available now for metal roofing. These are durable, lightweight and fire resistant. They are quite easy to install too. In metal roofing metal tiles or pieces are used for roofing. Metal roofing reflects the sun rays and thus keeps the house cool. Some countries also offer tax credits for installing a metal roof over the house.

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Advantages of Metal Roofing

  • Long Life: Metal roofing if installed properly can last for many years. It can withstand strong winds, snow and rain. It is resistant to mildew, rots, insects and fire. Most companies offer warranties for 20 to 50 years.  If the roof has a paint finish then they may have a warranty period of 30 years.
  • Light Weight: Metal roofing is very light weight as compared to other types of roofing. Many metal roofs are installed above the existing roof.  There is no need to remove or add any additional support for this type of roofing.
  • Easy installation: Metal roofing is quick and easy to install. They are very light in weight and there is no requirement to build any additional structure for roofing.
  • Fire resistance: Metals roofs have most fire resistance. It also depends upon the surface below the metal roof.
  • Heat: Metals reflect the heat from the sun and maintains a cool temperature inside the house. It thus helps in saving energy.
  • Shed of snow and rain: Metal roofing has a hard and slippery surface which sheds off the snow or rain easily.
  • Less roof pitch: Metal roofing can also be installed on pitched roof to reduce the potential of leakage.

Disadvantages of Metal Roofing

  • Expensive: Metal roofing is very expensive. If you plan to stay in the same house for a longer period then it is worth spending as metal roofing has a longer durability.
  • Noise: It tends to be noisy due rain and storms. However this noise can be controlled by installing solid plywood or noise deadening insulation.
  • Care: Metal roof can fade, peel, chalk, chip, and scratch. They may be worn off after a few years. Also while installing the metal roof the installers needs to be very careful otherwise it may cause a dent.
  • Denting: Some metals are more prone to dent. Walking on the metal may cause dent as metals like copper, aluminum etc. are soft.
  • Expand and contract: Metal roofs may expand during the hot season and contracts when it is cool. Expansion and contraction may also cause a wave effect on the roof.
  • Changes: Metal roofs are installed on large panels and not easy to replace. Any modifications or changes are not possible if you plan to remodel the house.

Materials for Metal roofing

  • Steel: Most metal roofing is done using steel. It is durable and also protects the roof from corrosion and rust. Durable pain finish is given on steel roofing to make it look more appealing.
  • Aluminum: It is light weight and rust resistant. It is a soft metal and hence is prone to dent. Steel and Aluminum are considered as conventional materials for metal roofing.
  • Copper: It is durable, scratch free, rust free and easy to install. But copper is very expensive and hence not many people prefer it.