Which is Better: Aluminum or Steel Metal Roofing?

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Is Metal Roofing Good?

If it is time for a new roof on your home, give metal roofing some consideration. A quality metal roof installation will give you a longer lifespan of roofing, which improves the ROI. Why is metal roofing good? Metal roofing has often been referred to as the forever roofing material, but there are other pros to this roofing material: 

  • Durable and Long-Lasting: Compare asphalt shingled roofing to metal roofing, metal is more durable and will have a longer lifespan. In fact, you’ll never reroof your home again in your lifetime! Metal roofing like aluminum shingles or standing seam has a proven lifespan up to 60 years or longer. Copper or zinc metal roofing can last more than 100 years.  When it comes to withstanding the elements, ice, rain, snow, or sun can’t beat metal roofing down like it does asphalt shingles. 
  • Fungus and Mold Proof: Metal roofing is 100% resistant to fungus, mildew, and mold. These thing will make your roof unattractive and they also eat asphalt shingles, shortening the lifespan. 
  • Raccoons, Rodents, Pests, and other Critters: If your home is in a heavily-wooded area, pests, raccoons, rodents, and other critters can get to your roof from tree branches. With metal roofing, they won’t do any chewing to get through to the attic! Critters and pests are known to break and chew at asphalt shingles, destroy plywood decking, making their way into homes, then eating wires and more in the attic.
  • Fire Resistant: Metal roofing is fire resistant, a bonus in the eyes of insurance companies. A high-end metal roofing can withstand fire, hailstones, and high winds, something asphalt shingles can’t offer.  
  • Sustainability: The metal used for metal roofing is often from recycled metal and when it does reach its end of life, it is 100% recyclable. Not only is metal roofing durable, but it is one of the best sustainable materials we have available. 
  • Good Temperature Control: When metal roofing is installed by an experienced roofing contractor that knows how to install metal roofing, during the hot summer, metal roofing will keep your home cooler than asphalt singles, and warmer in the cold winter.  An insulated metal roofing will resist ice dams forming, which will melt and with asphalt roofing, can often start a leak. 

Is it cheaper to get a metal roof or shingles?

To have metal roofing installed, a corrugated metal panels can cost up to 20% less than asphalt shingles per square foot. Keep in mind though, there are more accessories required to install metal roofing than asphalt shingles. With the flashing, ridge caps, and screws, metal roofing will cost you little bit more than an asphalt shingled roof. What you have to keep in mind is the lifespan of both materials. With asphalt shingles, you’ll be getting a new roof again in 20 years or less. With metal roofing, you’ll probably never get a new roof again. 

Which metal roof is best?

There are five types of metal roofing materials:  

  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Zinc
  • Steel
  • Tin

Each of these have their advantages, at the end of the day though, it is the homeowner’s choice as to which is best for them, and that is usually driven by cost. Copper metal roofing is always an aesthetically appealing material, but expensive. If going green is your biggest concern, then zinc is the greenest with a low melting point, but it is an expensive choice too. 

Aluminum metal roofing is great for homes in coastal regions and isn’t as expensive as those two metal roofing materials. Steel is the most used roofing material and is less expensive. Tin is now replaced with galvanized steel and is inexpensive. 

When deciding which roofing material to use, your budget will speak the loudest. Then you need to discuss the options with an experienced roofing contractor that can give you advice and suggestions. 

Which is better steel or aluminum roofing?

When comparing aluminum vs steel roofing, both perform well when it comes to metal roofing material. Aluminum metal roofing will cost up to 20 percent more than steel metal roofing, but steel is susceptible to damage when near seawater, and aluminum is extremely corrosion resistant. The warranty offered on the two will different, but in a coastal area, there usually isn’t a warranty on the finish for either.  Galvalume has proven to be three times more effective in rust resistance than galvanized steel material.

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What are the disadvantages of a metal roof?

There are a few disadvantage to metal roofing, although most homeowners with metal roofing find the benefits far outweigh these: 

  • Affordability. A metal roofing will cost up to three times more than asphalt roofing. 
  • Noisiness. If metal roofing isn’t installed correctly by a professional contractor, it can be noisy during a hailstorm and heavy rain.
  • Contracts and expands. Metal roofing will contract and expand with the temperature changes. 
  • Color matching. Should you need to replace any panels on metal roofing over 80 plus years of lifespan, it can be difficult to get an exact matching color because of the fading over time.

So, is a metal roof worth it? Yes – in the opinion of roofing contractors, home builders, and homeowners that have gone with metal roofing, you’ll find that most would recommend a metal roofing over traditional asphalt. Get your metal roof today. Give us a call at 281-300-4363!