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Metal Roof on Cabin
These roofs come in shingles or panels and can be manufactured to appear many different ways. They have a life expectancy of over 30 years and are very fire resistant but are costlier to install. These roofs have to be well insulated because metal is a such a good heat conductor it may radiate heat into areas below reducing the energy efficiency of the building.
Metal roof panels
can be installed with exposed or hidden fasteners. It is a matter of taste, both types of fasteners work well.
Aluminum, steel, copper and zinc are the most common types of metal shingles. Also, they have a wide price range with copper and zinc being on the high end. These are a more expensive option then asphalt and require specialized skills and equipment to install. Life expectancy is 40 to 70 years depending on type. Obviously, many people aren’t going to own the same home for 70 years but they are exceptionally beautiful roofs which is enough reason for some people to install them.
Metal shingle roofs can imitate many styles of roofing materials from slate tile to cedar shake.
These Faux roofs are attractive to homeowners looking for a less expensive slate roof look alike or homeowners that love the look of cedar shake but desire a longer lifespan.
Copper roofs are installed unfinished and eventually develop a green patina over time.
Steel roofing commonly comes with a painted finish or zinc coating.
Copper Roof Awning
Brown Steel Roof
Metal roofs are 2 or 3 times more expensive than asphalt shingles. This type of roof makes sense if you’re going to stay in your home beyond 20 or so years about the time asphalt shingles would need replacement.
Metal roofing can be very noisy during a heavy rain or hailstorm. Adding more insulation to the back of the shingle helps deaden impact sounds, but it also adds more expense. However, if the home has an attic with the proper insulation, it’s unlikely you’ll hear more noise than what an asphalt shingled roof will produce.
Expansion and contraction:
Large panels of metal roofing will expand and contract with the weather so they to be install with special fasteners to allow this movement.
Metal Roof Repair
is often needed because of improper installation or storm damage. Damage from fierce Storms are often visually apparent and any punctures or deep dents should be repaired. Deep dents need to be fixed because the galvanized coating could be cracked and as water pools in the dent it will eventually lead to rust causing the metal to deteriorate.
Metal Roof Replacement
is needed for older metal roofs that have weathered for years in the sun, wind and rain. Most people have seen, during their travels, ageing rusty metal roofs that should be replaced. Metal roofing coatings have improved in the last decade increasing the roofs lifespan by repelling UV rays and moisture. When replacing a metal roof, a tear off of the old roof will be necessary if there are obvious depressions or valleys which is a sign that the roof may have damaged trusses. Damaged trusses can be checked by observing the roof deck from underneath, inside the building, close inspection will determine if they need replacement also. Adding a good quality metal roof over an existing is a good way to save installation costs while getting a beautiful roof that will last decades.
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