In every residential neighborhood, there are as many diverse roofs as there are homes. This is because your roof does not only keep you and your family safe and comfortable, it is also a reflection of your style.
At Top Metal Roofs, we understand the value of a durable, aesthetically valuable roof. Our metal roofs are stylish, durable and reliable. If you want a roof with minimal repair for decades, we will install a steel roof on your house.
Pros of Steel Roofing
Steel roofing has benefits that make it popular among contractors and homeowners.
If installed properly, steel roofing can last for more than 40 years with little or no maintenance costs. Steel roofs are resistant to impact and extreme weather fluctuations and do not corrode or crack.
Steel reflects sun’s rays away thereby keeping your home cool, especially in the summer. This could reduce your energy costs by 10 – 25%.
Steel roofing contains between 25% – 95% of recycled material and is 100% recyclable. It also provides a ready platform for harnessing solar energy and harvesting rainwater.
Steel roofing does not need to be combined with sealants to cover problem areas. Such areas include flashings, dead valleys, and transitions. Covering the areas with matching steel is more reliable.
Steel roofs are fire resistant and are not combustible. Your house has no risk of catching fire from a lightning strike or wildfires. In addition, steel roofs are accommodative of stovepipes and chimneys.
Steel roofs are so light that they can be mounted on top of existing roofs without adjusting the structural support. Steel weighs less than 150 pounds per square compared to 900 pounds of concrete and 750 pounds of tile per square.
Steel roofs are available in a wide range of materials, shapes, colors, and finishes. There are more than 100 standard, premium and custom colors for you to choose from. Steel styles also resemble other types of roofing material. The style and color you chose for your roof will remain appealing for years.
Resistance to moss, mildew, and fungus
Because steel is resistant to moss, mildew, and fungus, it is an ideal choice if you live in areas susceptible to the growth of moss, mildew or fungus such as near woodlands.
Colors and designs of steel roofs remain consistent over time. If you ever need to alter your home, you will still get the original color and design.
Resistance to rodents and pests
Steel roofs are too strong for rodents or pests to damage and gain entry. Once the roof is installed, your house is safe from rodents and pests.
Steel roofs have no risk of leaking. Whether your house is high-pitched or low-pitched, a steel roof is a superior choice.
Steel can be shaped to fit on a rounded or arched roof. Whatever your style, a steel roof can be installed.
Maximum shedding of rain and snow
Steel panels are slippery and because they interlock, they are impermeable to snow or rain. In addition, dark-colored steel roofs warm fast and the snow sheds faster.
Cons of steel roofing
Although the benefits are more, still roofing has a few limitations:
Installing your steel roof requires specialized tools, equipment, and training. Roof flashing will also take longer to complete.
Investing in a steel roof requires a significant amount of money. Although the initial cost is high, steel roofs do not need maintenance or repair once the installation is complete.
Facts About Steel Roofing
Here are some facts you need to know about steel roofing.
Steel does not rust
During the manufacturing process, the steel panels are covered with metallic or aluminum paint to protect them from weather conditions.
Steel is safe from a lightning strike
Since lightning strikes what it touches first, it will rarely be your house. In the unlikely event that lightning does strike your house, the steel roof will absorb all the energy, and your house will not catch fire.
Steel is modern
You can use various colors and textures to personalize your roof and give it a beautiful, modern look.
Steel is light and convenient
Since steel roofs can be installed over existing roofs, there is no need for spending time and incurring an extra expense in removing the old roof.
Steel is not damaged by hail and wind.
Steel roofs are able to withstand strong winds and hailstones without suffering any damage. Only extreme hurricanes or hailstones can damage it.
Steel keeps your house cool
Steel roofing comes in colors that reflect the sun’s rays and keep your house from absorbing excessive heat. It also loses heat and cools faster after being exposed to the sun.
Steel increases the value of your home.
Many home buyers prefer a house with a durable, energy efficient roof. Installing a steel roof will increase the market value of the house.
Types of Steel Roofing Materials
Steel roofing materials are available in the following options:
It is the most popular roofing material and is protected from corrosion by a zinc layer. The lifespan of a galvanized steel roof depends on the thickness of the protective coating. It is produced in most roofing profiles, is strong, cheaper and easy to paint.
It is an economical combination of aluminum and zinc which protects the steel from rust. Galvalume is better than galvanized steel because of aluminum qualities. Its appearance is uniform and it can also be installed with only a coat of low-cost clear paint.
It has an exterior layer that rusts to protect the inner layer. The rusting is designed to deliberately happen. It is mainly used in heavy steel industries
It is a fire-resistant green roof option, 100% recyclable, and favors shedding of snow,
Most people find it attractive due to its natural blue-green patina as a result of extended exposure. It can last beyond a century with little maintenance. Copper is used mainly on accents that need a touch of elegance and rarely on complete roofs.
This natural element is used in alloys, is corrosion resistant and has a remarkable aesthetic appeal. It is stylish and can last over 100 years. Untreated zinc is suitable for inland and coastal roofing. Zinc is 100% recyclable and its production is energy efficient.
A light, durable material, used on versatile roofs. It is recyclable, energy efficient, and corrosion and rust resistant. It is not damaged by hailstones.
Types of Steel Roofing
Steel roofing is available in different styles that functionally match your aesthetic style
They are durable, have attractive wood grain patterns and are often used instead of split wood shingle. They blend in with neighborhoods and provide outstanding performance, beauty, and protection. They provide the natural look of uniform slate tiles, reflect heat, keep your home cooler, and reduce air conditioning expenses.
Ordinary tiles are fragile, heavy and expensive to maintain. Steel tiles are light, strong and resemble classic tiles. They come in large sheets of different feels, appearances, colors, and texture that matches your style.
It resembles hand-split cedar shakes. It is durable, has an authentic wood appearance and a variety of color options. It is resistant to harsh weather conditions due to its interlocking aluminum substrate panels and concealed fastening
They have a contemporary look that suits all styles but must be customized for your roof. Your choice will depend on the dimensions of your roof. They have flashings to seal out water and reduce errors during installation.
It is manufactured in different profiles of galvanized or galvalume steel, is easy to install, the most economical and not durable. It is produced in large panels of different widths and lengths and can be installed with or without painting.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Residential Roofing
The importance you place on each factor determines your preferred roofing solution.
- Lifespan: Do you want a short-term or a long term roof for your home?
- Weather resistance and durability: The level of durability of roofing materials varies. Choose materials that are resistant to weather changes.
- Weight: Have your building and supporting seams inspected to establish if they can hold the weight of the roof.
- Slope: Will your roof be pitched or flat? If you pick a slope, consider the steepness because it affects the cost of labor for installation and maintenance.
- Appearance: The profile, color, and style you choose will affect how your home appears. Use sample pictures to get an idea of how it will look.
- Warranty: Warranty will depend on the material you use. Manufacturer’s warranty will only be valid if certified professionals install your roof.
- Price: A good roof will help you save money. However, the price should not be the only determining factor on your choice of roof.
- Material: Prices of materials vary. Choose steel roofing materials that are affordable.
Talk to a Top Metal Roofs Expert
Choosing a steel roof involves analyzing many factors. At Top Metal Roofs, our technical experts are willing to assist you in every step. Call us today at (647) 470-7161 and we will assist you!