An Outstanding Durable Roofing Alternative
Going with metal roofing can be a great decision for those looking to upgrade their home or business. While it usually involves additional costs, the overall benefits and long-term advantages often outweigh the higher price tag. There are many different types of metal roofing, but the one thing they all have in common is outstanding durability. A properly installed and maintained metal roof can often be expected to last as long as 50 years before needing to be replaced. Which, for many of us, means it could be the last roof we ever need to purchase or install.
Along with impressive durability, steel roofing tends to be more energy efficient, making it easier to heat and cool your home or office and lowering your overall energy costs. Many insurance companies also offer reduced rates on buildings with metal roofing due to their sturdiness and invulnerability to fire.
Types of Steel Roof
There are also a number of variations when it comes to steel roofing. Regular steel is a common choice, but you can opt for less conventional materials such as zinc, copper, aluminum, or tin. Each one comes with its own list of pros and cons, so it is best to contact one of the experienced roofing experts with At The Top Restoration to discuss the different options and make an informed decision that best meets your goals.
Adding even more complexity is the fact that you can also choose between two types of steel known as “Galvalume” and “Galvanized”. The difference between them is the type of coating that is applied to the exterior of the metal panels in order to protect them from corrosion and further extend their longevity. At The Top Restoration are experts in both of these high-quality options and can provide guidance as to the better choice for your circumstances.
Developed and trademarked by Bethlehem Steel back in the early 1970s, Galvalume features a carbon steel sheeting coated with a metal blend. The coating is made up of aluminum (55%) and zinc (45%), giving it the advantage of the best of both these useful metals. While the zinc helps reduce corrosion around the joints and edges, the highly reflective qualities of the aluminum deflect the sun’s rays, reducing weathering and increasing energy efficiency.
Galvanized steel does not contain any aluminum, only zinc alloy. While it typically takes galvanized steel longer than Galvalume to begin corroding, once it does start the process advances much more rapidly. So, while galvanized will stay looking new longer, Galvalume provides longer overall durability.