Buying a new roof is a big investment, which is why you should take the time to understand the different options that are available to you. In this article, we will look at some of the pros and cons so that you can decide if it’s the right option for you.
Many homeowners looking for aesthetic appeal are often positively surprised by the wide range of contemporary styles and vivid colors available in modern steel roofs.
Benefits of a Steel Roof
- The type of steel usually used on roofs is galvanized steel, which means that the steel has a protective layer of zinc. The zinc prevents the steel from corrosion or rusting. Without this layer of protection, the steel can rust.
- This kind of roof can even last roughly 12-15 years with little care. Like all metal roofs, steel works particularly well in areas with lots of snow, because it just slides off the roof, instead of adding weight to the home. Metal can also resist the growth of algae and mildew, so you don’t have to wash the roof or do a lot of maintenance.
- Another benefit over aluminum and other materials is that steel can be dipped in a phosphate bath and painted. This gives you the opportunity to have a roof in a variety of colors that won’t oxidize like tin, aluminum, or copper. By applying a light color to a steel roof, it can also reflect heat from the sun, which will prevent the roof from becoming too heated and help lower your energy bills.
- The most significant disadvantage of a steel roof is the price. The average can be between $9 and $13 a square foot. The significant difference in price is due to the many styles in which steel roofs can come, such as stone-coated tile and standing seam tile.
- The other disadvantage is the noise, especially if you live in an area with many acorns or hailstones that drop on the roof. Even a heavy rainstorm can be really loud, and if you are sensitive to noises, you may want to avoid this roof type.
- The last disadvantage is the contraction and expansion of the panels. Steel can move over time, and if the wrong kind of fasteners has been used in a standing seam roof, the panels can become loose, which may lead to leaks. Getting a roofer to fix this problem may add to the final cost.
However, many of the disadvantages that come with steel roofing are similar to those found in other metal roofs. Steel is an attractive and durable material for homeowners who want a low-maintenance, long-lasting roof that can help lower their energy consumption.
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