Reliability and visual attraction is the hallmark of metal roofing materials, with manufacturer warranties ranging from 20 to 50 years when installed by a professional metal roofing contractor. There are multiple types of metal roofs that can be installed depending on the specifics of your roof.
Metal roofing systems are some of the most challenging to install, and if not installed correctly by a trained and certified roofing contractor they are also one of the most expensive types to repair – and at times must be completely replaced.
Metal roofing with interlocking seams that cover the screws (unexposed fasteners) is known as standing seam panels, while the type with exposed screws on the outside is known as rib panels. There are so many types of manufacturer panels that we train our estimators and educate them on the various options so that they can discuss the best option for you at length, and you are comfortable and trustworthy in their knowledge.
Metal roofing panels are commonly known as V, U, 5V Crimp, M Seam, and specialty designs are available in shake, metal shingle, tile, and stone coatings – just to name a few.
The materials can be constructed from tin, galvanized steel, stainless steel, copper, lead, zinc, aluminum, and alloy combinations are commonly installed. There are endless choices of colors and styles making it a very popular choice for both residential and commercial roofs.
A standing seam is a vertical metal panel that lies flat and is joined together at the sides by concealed locking joints. The interlocking joint forms a seam at the connecting points between panels making a watertight barrier. These types of roofs are usually seen on commercial buildings such as government buildings, restaurants, service stations, banks, and industrial buildings. M Seam is an example of a standing seam design profile manufactured by Millennium Metals.
Aluminum is a rugged choice for residential and commercial use in coastal areas within certain boundaries from the ocean, rivers, tributaries, and other bodies of water with salinity. Aluminum provides superior protection against rust and corrosion effects. Aluminum is available in a multitude of designs. Please take caution that the warranties are very limited, and a detailed conversation is necessary to ensure you’re fully aware of its limitations.
These metals are lighter weight the metal roofing choices, commonly in 26 or 29-gauge thicknesses. This allows it to be the ideal lower-cost solution for home and commercial applications. The panels are secured by connecting the overlapping sheets with color-coordinated screws. The roofing contractor should take the time to caulk all connecting screws and seams during installation, thus providing further protection against damaging leaks. Corrugated metal roof panels also come in an array of styles and colors.
Similar only in appearance to asphalt shingle, clay tile, and cedar shake roofs, specialty designs in metal roofing such as stone-coated metal panels have become a popular choice for residential roofs, restaurants, churches, townhomes, and condominiums. Metal shingles, tiles, and shakes add a visual design appeal with none of the disadvantages of traditional asphalt shingles due to superior environmental protection, long life, and extended manufacturer warranties.
The price of metal roofing averages approximately 80% higher than traditional asphalt shingle roofs; however, they can be as high as double the cost if more costly designs or metal types are chosen. Between the panels commonly referred to as “residential metal,” the rib panel is more cost-efficient over the standing seam.
Coatings are a very popular choice for existing metal roofs. Roof coatings can be applied to extend the life of and create another waterproof barrier at reasonable prices. Coatings can be more cost-effective than a metal roof replacement and also provide a “new” roof look. Please visit our coatings section for more information regarding this option.
MAG in Central Florida has been installing and repairing all types of metal roofs described above listed. We are trained for any type of metal installation, so you can feel confident with our experience in performing your metal project. If you are interested in learning more, we would be delighted to explain the advantages, disadvantages, styles, and types available to you, do not hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment.
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