What Metal Roof is Best?

A Roofer Walks on a Metal Roof.

What metal roof is best

For both commercial and residential roofing metal roofs are becoming a popular choice. When it comes to metal roofing, you have an extensive range of choices. You may wonder, then, which type of metal roof is the right one for you. Below are the types of metal roofs available and some advantages and disadvantages of each.

  • Tin: Tin is affordable and easy to install but subject to rusting, corrosion, dents, and being loud. It is not suitable for residential roofs.
  • Iron: These roofs are also very affordable, but primarily suitable for industrial application.
  • Steel: Steel is one of the most commonly used metal roofing materials. Stainless steel is usually better for commercial use while galvanized steel and stone coated steel is suitable for either residential or commercial application.
  • Aluminum: Although more expensive than steel, aluminum is lightweight and durable, as well as corrosion resistant, which makes it a popular roofing choice. It can be shaped to look like other materials, including wood shingles and clay tiles and shingles. It does, however, dent easily.
  • Copper: One of the most expensive metals, it is extremely durable and fire resistant, but when it interacts with oxygen it develops a greenish patina that may be unappealing. 
  • Zinc: It is malleable and stylish but primarily available as a component in alloys along with steel and aluminum. 

Whatever metal roofing option you select, count on the professionals at OnePro Roofing for roof replacement and installation. Find out how we can help by calling (321) 354-1600

What are the disadvantages of a metal roof?

While metal roofing has many advantages like durability and longevity, it does have some disadvantages that you’ll want to consider before having a roof installed. Initial installation costs are generally high, though this is often offset by its durability and longevity. It can also be noisy when it rains or hails, unless it is well-insulated. Metal roofs also expand and contract and need to be secured properly with fasteners to keep the panels from coming loose. If you need to repair the roof, it may be difficult to find a perfect color match. Certain metals like tin can be susceptible to rust and corrosion, while aluminum can get dented.

How long do metal roofs last?

Depending on the type of metal you use for roofing, you can expect it to last from 40 to 70 years. Some materials like copper can last much longer. Longevity and low maintenance are often two reasons people choose to install metal roofing. 

Will metal roofing rust

A major concern when it comes to metal roofs is rust. The metals currently used for modern roofs are engineered so well they rarely rust. That said, some metals like tin are more susceptible  to rusting than other metals. To prevent problems like rusting, when you have a metal roof installed, you may want to have a protective roof coating like silicone or acrylic applied to the roof. Not only will these coatings give the roof added protection, they will improve energy efficiency.

What is the best color of metal roof for energy savings?

While metal roofs are generally energy efficient because they reflect the sun’s light, you can save more money on energy costs by adding reflective roof coatings like silicone or acrylics or you can paint the roof. In general, however, when you paint the roof, the lighter the color the better. Lighter colors reflect light and heat better than darker colors. Even if you are choosing a darker color like brown or gray to match your home’s design, you may want to choose a lighter shade for the roof.

While roofing is an important part of energy savings, your HVAC system needs to be well maintained to keep up the energy savings. Regular Honeywell HVAC service or any other brand service is key to energy savings.

Can I put a metal roof over shingles?

Although it’s preferable to completely tear off a shingle roof before installing a metal roof, it is also possible to install the metal roof over the shingles. This can, however, create a problem. Water vapor can get trapped between the two different roofing materials and cause mold to grow or the shingles and decking to rot. This problem can be avoided by either installing a vented metal roof or by installing the metal roof over furring strips to create a ventilated air pocket. Before installing the metal roof over shingles, you want to check local building codes to see if it is allowed. 

Metal roofing repair

One thing that makes metal roofs appealing is their durability. While it takes a lot to damage metal roofing, they can be damaged. If your metal roof has been damaged or developed leaks, remember to get in touch with the professionals at OnePro Roofing. We provide affordable repairs. Give us a call at (321) 354-1600.

Can you walk on a metal roof?

While some people have been told you can’t walk on a metal roof, it is actually possible to walk on a metal roof. As with other roofing materials, you have to take special care when you need to get up on your metal roof to avoid damaging it. Different types of roofs have different requirements. Standing seam metal roofs you can pretty well walk on anywhere, whereas tile roofs will require you to walk on lower spots near the decking. You can also safely walk on corrugated panels, although it’s best to walk on the upper half of a metal shingle panel. It’s also advised to wear soft-soled shoes.

Metal roofing near me

If you are planning on installing metal roofing in Winter Park, FL, you can always rely on the professionals at OnePro Roofing. We offer a full range of replacement, installation, and repair options. Find out how we can help or schedule our services by calling (321) 354-1600.