What Advantages Can a Metal Roof Offer Your Home?

Posted on: 2 February 2018

Although there's no doubt at all that the roof of your home is absolutely crucial for your home's safety, there may be plenty of doubt in your mind regarding which roofing material is best. One of the most popular roofing options in Australia today is the metal roof. Below, you'll learn all about the advantages that a metal roof can offer for your home.

The Variety of Choices

Just because you choose metal as the roofing material, it doesn't mean you've got no flexibility in how the roof looks and functions. There are three popular options for metal roofs today, including:

  • Aluminium: the lightest-weight option. Aluminium is a silvery colour.
  • Copper: copper is a rich reddish gold colour and is medium weight.
  • Steel: steel is the heavier option, and is a deep silver naturally. Specially treated steel, called colorbond, comes in many different colour options . Steel is the most durable of the metals used in roofing.

The Longevity

The longevity of metal roofing is one of the leading reasons that Australian homeowners are choosing metal for their home roofs today. A metal roof can last 50 years or even longer, especially if you have it cared for regularly.  Other non-metal roofing options like asphalt shingles may last for less than half as long as a metal roof. 

The Easy Care

Metal roofs are particularly easy to look after. In fact, your metal roof is likely to need only periodic inspections and occasional clean-ups. Most types of metal roofing, particularly steel types, require little more than the occasional wash-down to ensure that dirt and debris don't accumulate. 

The Toughness

Metal roofs can be quite lightweight, as in the case of aluminium and copper, but they're still strong and durable -- and steel is stronger yet. When you have a metal roof, there are no worries about environmental damage. Whilst sun can seriously crack and otherwise damage baked clay tiles or asphalt shingles, the metal roof will bounce those reflections right back into the atmosphere harmlessly. Even in the odd ice storm, the metal roof will shake off the damage by bouncing those ice pellets away immediately. Although some roof materials can be absorbent -- and therefore susceptible to water damage -- metal roofs slough water away, not allowing it to stand and create problems. 

If you don't have a metal roof now, you might want to consider metal re-roofing in the future. A quality metal roof will likely be the last new roof that you'll have to buy for your home!


Replacing the shed roof

We wanted to start using our shed as a garage for our cars. We had not been using if for the last few years because the roof was in such bad condition and made the shed unsafe to be around. It turned out to be a lot more affordable than we expected to replace the roof and it's really nice to be able to use the shed again and have somewhere safe to put our cars at night. This blog has some information about what steps are involved in replacing roofs, including how to find a roofer that can help you replace your shed roof on a budget.