Metal roofing materials are increasingly gaining popularity among home-owners as they are more durable than other roofing materials.
Made primarily from steel and aluminium, although copper and alloy are sometimes used, metal roofing materials are favoured by home-owners and builders for their durability, fire-resistant qualities, speed of installation, lightweight and the ability to reflect radiant heat.
Metal roofing materials can last as long as the house itself, thanks to their resistance to fire, rot, mildew and insects as well as their ability to seal out water. In fact most manufacturers of metal roofs guarantee their products for up to 50 years.
Fire resistant quality is easily the most important benefit of metal roofing materials. They are non-combustible and most insurance companies offer discounts of up to 30 per cent due to the high fire resistance provided by the roofing material.
Metal roofing materials are usually given a Class A fire rating, the highest rating a material can be awarded, in many countries around the world.
Speed of installation is also a major advantage of metal roofs. Metal roofing materials are sold in sheets or section of singles that can be fixed by a qualified roofing contractor within a very short span of time.
Metal roofs are also very lightweight which makes it possible to apply a new roof on an existing roof without installing additional structural support. This helps to minimise roofing costs.
Metal roofs are also very great at reflecting radiant heat way from your house. This helps to keep your house cool during the day – which means some saving on air conditioning costs.
Like other materials, metal roofing materials have a few disadvantages the major one being that cost is significantly higher than other materials. However, metal roofs last several decades longer than most other roof options – hence they end up costing less than other materials in the long-term.
Another disadvantage of metal roofs is that their installation is an intricate process that is best done by qualified metal roofing contractors. Repairs and modifications of the roof can be trickier, which may add a substantial amount to your roofing cost projections.