Metal

metal_roof

Metal roofs usually come in large pieces which make it very easy to install; they are very eco friendly as they contain a high percentage of recycled material. Some varieties of metal roofs include steel, copper and aluminum and are very durable, fireproof and lightweight; which makes them ideal for fire prone areas and in areas where earthquakes are common and heavy roofs become a liability. They provide high levels of insulation and their durability is twice as long as wood or asphalt and are ideal for ranch-style, contemporary or cottage housing styles.

Construction

  1. Thin sheets of metal are measured and cut into panels
  2. It is seamed for custom installation over roof underlayment
  3. The metal can also be formed to replicate tile, slate, shingles or shakes

Lifespan

  • Can last a lifetime, surface may need periodic re-coating

Pros

  • Light and durable
  • Resistant to fire, rot and insect infestation
  • Excellent¬†insulation for attics

Cons

  • Very expensive to purchase and install
  • Can be noisy during heavy rain or hail
  • Surface dents are visible