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Metal vs. Lightweight Roofing: Which is Better For Your Job?


Perhaps you’ve been wooed by arguments from the “pro-metal roof” side, and you’re considering abandoning your initial decision to go with lightweight roofing materials and switch to steel.

You may have heard, for instance, that the Washington Monument has a metal roof – as do many other old, beautiful buildings. And some statistics suggest that metal roofs are durable, low maintenance, fire retardant, and easy to maintain.

But your roofing choice should depend on the context of your needs. For a premium metal roof, you may have to pay an arm and a leg. Warping, rusting and other kinds of degradation can be a hazard, no matter what “quality” metal you choose. What’s more, the kind of metal you use and the nature of the weathering your building will be exposed to can create environmental hazards and lead to special problems, like leaching toxic metals into the gutter water. There is also the aesthetic component to consider. Cheaper metal roofs have a tendency to look chintzy.

Consider lightweight roofing materials, on the other hand, such as composition shingles or wood shakes. Many advocates of these materials suggest that lighter weight roofing is more economical, environmentally friendly, easy to maintain, and aesthetically appealing.

Irrespective of whether you choose metal, lightweight, or other roofing materials, here are key questions for you and your contractor to mull over:

  • What weather will your roof likely have to contend with – e.g. storms, blizzards, high heat, below freezing temperatures, gusty winds, torrential downpours, etcetera?
  • What’s the total surface area of your roof?
  • What do the architecture and your personal aesthetic suggest, material-wise?
  • How much insulation will you need?
  • Will mold, insect infestation, rot, rusting, and other similar problems be likely? If so, how can you prevent/fix the problem(s)?
  • Do you want this to be a “DIY” job, or do you plan to entrust the work to a certified, technically-proficient professional team?

For a free estimate and in-depth discussion of whether metal or lightweight roofs (or some other option) is best for you, connect with the trusted, time tested experts at Century Roof and Solar.

Visit us online at www.centenryroofandsolar.com to find an efficient, customized solution to save you money and meet your roofing needs.

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