Advantages of Metal Roofing
The primary advantage of a metal roof is its longevity. The lifetime of a metal roof is about 40-70 years (copper and zinc roofs last nearly 100 years). An additional advantage is lower maintenance costs. Current paints and coatings prevent rust and corrosion, and metal roofing is practically immune to sun damage. Your metal roof will exhibit little to no chalking, fading, or discoloration, even after the hottest summer day.
Metal roofing is one of the greenest roofing materials available. It can be made from recycled materials and can be recycled again when you replace the roof.
Metal Roofing Costs in Huntington, WV
The cost of installing a metal roof can be affected by:
- The size of your home
- The pitch/slope of the roof
- Whether you have valleys, peaks, skylights, and other openings
- The type of metal you choose
- If an existing roof needs to be removed
When budgeting for roofing costs, include ongoing maintenance and repair costs in your calculations. Metal roofing costs are relatively low. Your metal roof will last a lifetime (as long as a century) and will require very few repairs, barring extraordinary events, like tornados, fallen trees, and rockfalls.
Steel and aluminum are the most common metals used in roofing materials. The advantages of these two metals are durability, cost-effectiveness, and aesthetics. Metal roofing colors adhere to steel and aluminum better than to other metals. Aluminum is softer and dents easier than steel, but it doesn’t corrode. Steel is less expensive but can corrode if not maintained properly.
Other metal alloys can be used as roofing materials, too. Copper and zinc are more expensive than aluminum or steel, but each develops a patina that helps protect it from corrosion, minimizing maintenance needs and fees.
Aesthetically, many people find the patinas of the copper and zinc roofing to be appealing. Copper and zinc can also be used as accent pieces, around skylight frames, and as edging.
Metal Roof Repairs
Metal roofs may be more durable, but that doesn’t mean they are impervious to damage. Seals can shift, debris can gather at seams, and screws and nails can go missing. Any of these scenarios will lead to leaks. If you see signs of leaks, call Maycon Construction Services. Our team of metal roof repair experts will inspect the damage and work with you to decide whether repair, partial replacement (usually patching), or complete replacement is necessary.
Other signs your metal roof may be failing include:
- Visible damage such as loose seams, punctures, or tears
- Loose or missing nails
- Signs of leakage or unusual moisture in your attic
- Rust or corrosion
- Exposed fastenings
- Peeling paint or a worn finish
Metal Roof Replacement
If a metal roof repair isn’t sufficient to resolve your roofing issue, you’ll need a partial or complete metal roof replacement (either of your existing metal roof or replacing a non-metal roof with a metal roof). Metal roofs require specific placement and attachment because metal expands and contracts due to changing temperatures. If the roof is attached incorrectly, your roof will require more maintenance and repair work than it would if attached correctly.
Call Maycon Construction Services for metal roofing near Huntington, WV (serving the Tri-State Area)! Our expert roofers can handle everything from repair to installation.