Essex County Roofers: Article About Different Metal Roofing Options

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Essex County roofers realize that when homeowners are considering replacing a roof, they first want to know how much it will cost. Then they want to know about the type of protection they will be getting for their money. After considering these factors, many homeowners have come to the conclusion that installing a metal roof is the best option for them.

The first thing to remember when looking at a metal roof is that metal is a premium roofing material. This means that the upfront cost for installing a metal roof is going to be two or three times that of installing an asphalt roof. However, when installing a residential metal roof, a homeowner is not just paying for higher quality roofing materials. They are also paying for the skill set that the professional installer brings with them.

Not all metal roofs are the same. They are made from different materials and are installed using different methods.

Galvanized steel, sometimes referred to as hot dip galvanized steel, is the least expensive metal roofing material available. It is a sheet of steel that has been either coated in or mixed with zinc and aluminum. It provides protection against corrosion, water filtration and fire.

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Aluminum is the next step up from steel. It is one of the most popular metals for residential roofs because it is lightweight and relatively inexpensive. Aluminum is naturally resistant to corrosion. However, most aluminum roofs are coated to add color and an additional layer of protection. Some environmentalists do not like aluminum being used as a roofing material because it is a finite resource.

A copper roof is by far the highest quality metal roof that a person can have installed. Copper roofs have been known to last for more than 200 years. Copper never needs to be coated or protected, and it will not rust or corrode. As it ages, copper develops an attractive patina that goes from being a dark red to a vibrant green color.

Copper is an expensive material. It can cost between nine to 15 times as much as an asphalt roof. Because of this expense, most homeowners do not cover their entire roof in copper. Instead, they opt to cover certain areas like towers or porches with this premium material.

Using metal as a roofing material is a lot more expensive than using asphalt shingles. However, in the long run, homeowners will see the financial benefits because the roof will last for many years and will require little or no maintenance.

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