Types of Metal Roofing Materials
The variety of metal roofing materials makes metal roofing an attractive alternative to asphalt shinglesMetal roofing has come a long way from the days of the rusted tin roof. Metal roof materials are manufactured in long sheets for sheet metal roofing, in short panels as a metal roofing panel and in strips that look like tiles or cedar shingles for residential metal roofing.
Corrugated metal roofing is popular in some commercial buildings. Corrugated metal roofing is also used on some outbuildings, garages and storage sheds.
Connectors for metal roofing can be exposed or hidden on the metal roofing panel, depending on your roof pitch.
Custom metal roofing is pre-painted for residential metal roofing. The paint is a baked on enamel type of paint and the paint not only saves you time, it helps preserve the metal roofing system much longer than unpainted metal roofs.
Metal roofing can be installed right over existing asphalt tile roofs and most other roof systems. This saves you time and labor costs because the old roof doesn’t have to be removed to install metal roofs, unless required by local ordinances.
Most experienced do-it-yourself homeowners can install metal roofing themselves with the right tools and metal roofing materials. An old saying in metal roofing states "if you can correctly measure your roof, you can install a metal roof" and most commercial metal roofing sellers agree with it.
- Metal roofing comes pre painted with a baked on enamel paint for durability.
- Install metal roofing right over existing asphalt tile roofs to save time and money.
- Homeowners experienced in do-it-yourself projects can install most metal roofing materials on their own.
Compare metal roofing materials and specs
Go crazy--buy metal roofing that looks like wood or stoneMetal roofing materials come in all types of look alikes. You can buy custom metal roofing and metal roofing products that look like cedar shakes, tile, wood grained and slate. If you're already going to roof with metal roofing, check the features and prices of lookalike metal roofing. Copper is great for high-end homes -- not only does it look great but it's durable too.
Find professional installers of metal roofing in your areaMost local roofing companies are experienced in installation of metal roofing, if you can't do it yourself. Local companies will also supply the metal roofing materials in their bid. Always ask for references from the roofer and make sure they not only carry the type of sheet metal roof you want, but are experienced in the installation.
- If using an installer, have several companies come out and bid the work before you make a decision.
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