The Different Styles of Metal Roofs For Commercial or Residential
The type of metal roofing that you can have installed on your home or business can come in several different profiles, colors and sizes. There are even some styles of metal roofing that are made to look like tile, slate or wood shake shingles and mimic other roofing materials. These metal roof products have many benefits and are often comparable in price to the roofing materials that have conventionally been used to roof homes and businesses when you consider the tax credits currently available for cool roofs.
One of the various types of metal roofing that roofers commonly install are standing seam metal panels, which is probably the idea that you have when you think of metal roofing. There are also corrugated 5-v metal panels, formed products, which can be painted at the factory where they are made by metal presses. There is also powder-coated products (stone coated steel), which can be press-formed or they can be vertical seam products.
Vertical Standing Seam Metal Roofing
One of the most common types of metal roofing, is 24 ga. or 26 ga. standing seam metal roofing. These are metal panels that come in various widths and are seamed together with a special tool concealing the fasteners and creating a water-tight seal. This is what most home owners think of when you see a typical tin roof. However, vertical seams can be done in many different styles and patterns.
Corrugated Metal Roofing Panels
Corrugated metal is a more general term for the different types of metal roofs that come in over a dozen profiles offering a unique look to any home. They can be installed with exposed or hidden fasteners depending on the specific type of panel. One of the most common types of corrugated metal roofs are 5-V.
5-V Metal Roofing Panels
5-v metal roof panels are specifically designed for water shed. Designed with a “U” over “V” for a great water tight seal, they should only be installed on a minimum roof pitch of 3:12. 5-v crimp panels must be installed over a sub-decking with a waterproof membrane. The metal end panels should be sealed at the eaves and in the valleys to prevent water intrusion. These panels are made of a thinner type of metal (usually 29 or 26 ga. material) making them more prone to oil canning. However, they are one of the most affordable metal roof systems available.
Preformed Metal Roofing Products
There are also the preformed types of metal roofing products that your roofing contractor can use for your new roof, which have a lot of benefits when it comes to the roof on your home. They can come in a variety of different styles, which do not have to look like the typical metal roofing. Metal roofing that has been form-pressed can look like shake shingles, slate or tile and give you the benefit of having the durability of metal with a roof that looks like it has shakes or tile.
Metal Roof Coatings
The different types of metal roofing can also have different finishes on them. This is usually either a paint or a powder-coated finish. Most have some sort of factory finish, which is cheaper that paying a roofer to put the finish on your roof. Roof coatings can protect your roof from damage due to many different causes such as the weather and other elements. It will protect it from oxidizing and help keep the roof on your home looking beautiful.
There are several different types of roof coatings that can be applied to metal roofs. Reflective paint coatings for metal roofs are special durable paints that are made specifically for metal roof applications. They are often available in almost any color that you can think of. Paint can be damaged though, and it may require some maintenance over the years, which is why many people like powder-coated materials. Powered-coated materials are more durable but are usually not available in as many colors as paint is.