Metal roofing comes in vertical panels or shingles resembling slate, tile, and shake – and lasts about 60 years.
Metal excels at sloughing off heavy snow and rain, won’t burn, and resists high winds. It is lightweight and can be installed over existing roofs. However, metal can be noisy during rainstorms and may dent from hail. Average costs range between £5 and £12 per square foot, depending on the type and style of metal – which is more than asphalt but less than concrete tiles. Corrosion also varies by material.
Metal roofs are very long-lasting and are fully recyclable when they finally do wear out. But installation requires special skills and not every roofing company is prepared to install a standing seam metal roof.
Metal roofs commonly last 30 to 50 years, but some have been known to last 75 years.
For homeowners who do not like the look of standing seam metal roofs but want the advantages of metal, there are steel or aluminum shingles now available. Made from stamped metal and finished with either a high-quality baked-on coating or mineral granules, metal shingles can be fabricated to look very much like traditional asphalt shingles, wooden tiles, or even slate or clay tiles. They are an excellent choice where appearance is a critical concern.
metal tile sheets: sheets of steel or aluminum with the look of roof tiles. The system is easily placed and it is not as heavy as roofing with real tiles;
zinc slates: they have the same look as a natural slate, although they are a little bit bigger;
zinc, aluminum, or copper strips: as time goes by, a patina will be formed. This gives protection (longer lifespan) and a nice colour to the roof.
Metal roofing systems metal roofs have been around for many years and have long been used in a commercial and industrial setting. However, this material is becoming increasingly viable as a roofing option for homeowners. Metal roofing systems are low maintenance, lightweight,
very versatile in style and design, and are one of the most environmentally friendly roofing materials available. They can be made in any color needed and can also be designed in a multitude of styles including shingles, panels, sheets, and even tiles. Metal roofing may cost a bit more initially to install, but it lasts a long time, resists wear and tear from weather, and can greatly increase the value and appeal of your home in the long run. However, installation can be tricky when large panels and sheets are used, and not every roofing contractor has experience with metal roofing system installations.