Metal Roofing Systems
Make an informed choice about metal roofing
Choose your metal
Copper has been used as a roofing material for centuries because it is incredibly long-lasting. In an ideal environment, a copper roof can last over 200 years. They have become popular among those wanting a “green” option for roofing because they are 100% recyclable. Another bonus is copper’s soft nature, making it one of the quietest metal roofing materials available.
Zinc is a highly favored material for roofing due to its ability to be manipulated and formed into various shapes. Zinc, with a low melting point, is also considered a “green” roofing option due to the low level of energy necessary to process it in the factory. One downside of Zinc is the chalky residue that can build up over time. However, it is very easy to clean off, making it look new again.
The lightweight and durable Aluminum roofing systems are ideal for residents in coastal climates due to its resistance to salt corrosion. The outside layer of the aluminum roof actually reacts with the oxygen in its environment, which creates a layer of aluminum oxide. This protects the inner layers from further corrosion. Some roofs also use an aluminum coating as a less expensive option.
Steel is a material used in many aspects of a building, and often proves to be a good choice for the roofing system as well. Made from a combination of Iron and other elements, steel roofing is one of the least expensive metal roofing options. There are three types of steel roofs: galvanized, galvalume, and weathering steel.
- Galvanized: The most common steel roofing material, galvanized steel is coated in a layer of Zinc, protecting the inner layer from corrosion.
- Galvalume: Galvalume steel is coated in a combo of Zinc and Aluminum, offering a slightly better surface protectant than Zinc alone.
- Weathering Steel: The outer layer of steel meant to rust intentionally to protect the inner layer of steel. This creates a very specific aesthetic often used in accent roofs.
Choose your Roofing Style
Shake, Shingle, Tile, and Slate
You can have the long term performance of a metal roof with the look of a more traditional shake, shingle, tile or slate roof. Metal roofing systems can be designed to resemble the look of these styles so homeowners can have the distinctive look they desire.
When most people think of metal roofing, the standing seam style is the one that generally comes to mind. Its popularity has grown in recent decades due to the distinctive and contemporary look that can complement a variety of home styles.
Sheet roofing, identifiable by its large panels and exposed fasteners, comes in a variety of profiles. These include corrugated roofing, face-fastened panels, screw-down panels, through-fastened panels, R panel, and 5V crimp. This style of roofing is typically manufactured using galvanized steel or galvalume.
Choose Bear Brothers for your metal ROOFING NEEDS
With the wide variety of metal roofing options to choose from, it is important to enlist the help of an expert. Contact Bear Brothers Roofing today to find the perfect fit for your metal roof. Call us at 303-422-2725or fill out our online form to request a quote.