Non-metal roofs start to deteriorate as soon as they are installed and exposed to the elements. UV rays, high wind, and severe temperature changes can damage most other roofs, sometimes drastically decreasing their service life. The average life span of a NON-metal roof varies between 15 and 30 years. Metal roofs can last 2 to 3 times that long, depending on style, quality, and workmanship. In many cases, a metal roof can be the last roof you’ll ever install on your home. and in some areas, reduce the home owner insurance premiums immensely.
Metal Roofing comes in a wide variety of products and designs, colors, and styles. You can purchase metal roofing in shapes that imitate asphalt shingles, tile, wood shakes, as well as the common vertical seam styles. Metal roofing can come stone-coated and smooth. You can also get metal trim pieces to match the color of your roofing system, or get contrasting colored trim to offset the roof coating.
While copper and stainless steel are not unheard of, the most common types of metal used for metal roofing are steel and aluminum sheet. Both are available in varying thicknesses but the most common are typically 24 gauge steel and .032″ aluminum (standing seam). Both are very durable and easy to work with, making them ideal for both the building owner and the installer.
Metal roofs are very durable in that they are quite hail resistant and wind resistant (installed properly, of course). Another added bonus is that you can install them right over the top of an existing roof (some criteria have to be met to ensure a proper “fit”). You can walk on metal roofs without damaging them, but just to be safe, you should contact your contractor or the manufacturer of the metal roofing materials. Some special profile metal roofs can be tricky to walk on without damaging them, such as a tin roof.
We have been providing construction of metal roof systems for over 25 years in Delaware County and Chester County, PA. Handling repairs, replacement, installation and leaks we provide estimates so that you know what price you’ll have to pay before work is done. The Better Business Bureau recognizes companies with quality reputations in service and we are proud to display their logo on our website, as a member of that institution.