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Long And Longer: Choosing Between The Different Metal Roofing Options

Myopic eyesight can be corrected with prescription glasses, but a myopic focus cannot be. For example, a person who only focuses on the initial costs of a roof will ignore the long-term benefits of purchasing a more expensive but longer-lasting roof. Asphalt shingles are one of the least expensive roofing options on the market, but they are not one of the more long-lasting. By installing a more-expensive but longer-lasting metal roof, you can save money over the long run. 

Metal Roof Choices

There are many different metals that can be used to create a roof membrane. While galvanized-steel roofs are quite common, they are not the only choice. You can also choose from aluminum or copper. Each roofing choice comes with benefits and costs. Choosing between the available options has to do with how much room you have in your budget for a new roof and how long you want your roof to last. 

Metal Roofs and Longevity

Metal roofs are naturally susceptible to corrosion, so the lifespan of a roof has to do with how well it can withstand the effects of corrosion. While some metal roofs will last for longer than others, typically there is a much higher price to pay for materials that last longer than others. The following analysis of the different materials will help you choose a roof that is right for your needs:

1. Galvanized Steel—Steel is naturally susceptible to corrosion. Thus, bare or even painted sheets of steel are not a good choice for a roof. Galvanized steel, on the other hand, has been treated with a zinc coating that will withstand the effects of corrosion for sixty years or so. Galvanized steel is also one of the the least expensive metal roof options. 

2. Aluminum—Aluminum is naturally more corrosion resistant than steel, so you can use bare sheets of aluminum on your roof without worry that it will turn to a pile of rust in a few years. Aluminum will also reflect away more of the sun's energy away from your home than steel will. The main problem with aluminum is that it is not as sturdy as steel, so it will not have the same impact resistance. 

3. Copper—Copper is the most long-lasting metal roof product on the market. It is also the most expensive, costing up to three times as much as a galvanized steel roof. 

If you want to eliminate your need to replace your roof down the road and you have plenty of money available, then you should go with a copper roof. On the other hand, if you have a limited budget, but you still want a long-lasting roof, you should go with a galvanized steel roof. Consult with professionals, such as Allied Construction Inc., to see how you can best fill your needs.