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Metal Roofing Products

Although corrugated steel roofing dates back to the 19th century, it was not until the 1930s that a first aesthetically pleasing and durable standing-seam metal roof has been manufactured in the United States. Nowadays, standing-seam metal roofs are being manufactured by many prominent metal roofing manufacturers who have been producing metal wall and metal roof panels for industrial, commercial and residential markets for a long time.

Most metal roofing manufacturers sell their products for the distributors such as beacon sales and ABC Supply. If you’re working with a metal roofing contractor, or a sheet metal shop, then they can order a custom standing-seam metal roofing system for you. You can select from either Kynar coated aluminum or a 24 gauge galvalume steel panels for your standing-seam metal roof. Most sheet roofing panels are available in 12, 16 and 19 inches wide panels.

There are two types of standing-seam metal roofs; architectural and structural. The architectural standing seam metal roof is intended for residential and light commercial applications. It requires solid substrate that is at least ½ inch. Structural standing-seam metal roofing panels are used for commercial and industrial applications. They do not require a solid substrate and can be installed over the metal frame. Most architectural standing-seam metal roofing panels require a minimum of 3 to 12 roof pitch, and a proper roof underlayment in place.

While a steel standing-seam metal roof costs less than an aluminum one and is appropriate for use in most areas, you will want to use the aluminum panels if you live near the coast or in the place with a high concentration of salt in the environment.

Most standing-seam metal roofing panels average in cost from $400 to $500 per square of roofing material plus the necessary trim. You may reduce the material costs when your standing-seam metal roof is formed in the field rather than in the metal shop. If you’re roof is relatively large in size, then it will also bring down your costs.

Metal shingles roof is a less expensive alternative. Metal shingles are pre-manufactured in standard size panels, which reduces its cost. While some metal shingles roofs are available from dealers only, there are others systems that anybody can buy through a roofing supplier. Metal shingles roof is appropriate for homes where the traditional look of shingle is preferred.

Although, metal roofs costs more than asphalt shingles, it may be worth it to pay a higher price for a system that will provide many years of reliable service and energy savings.

Metal Roofing – Green Roof of 21 Century

Is your old, asphalt shingle roof is leaking again, and you would like to find a good replacement that won’t leave your house drenched from excessive roof leaks, ever again? Cool Metal roofing for residential homes is a highly regarded green roofing alternative that is energy efficient, environmentally safe, and can last for well over half a century.

Unfortunately, and all too often, our good old, cheap asphalt roofs fail on us when we least expect it! Only imagine that you and I used to think that this could never happen to us… Many homeowners, myself included, have been in those shoes before.

Let’s face it, a roof that is leaking is not a kind of a problem that can be ignored. A leaky roof could cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home, and the sooner you take care of your leaky or failing roof problem, the better off you will be. I know this is not the most exciting moment of your life, but you will have to make some decisions as to what roofing materials you will choose for your house. There are many different roofing options available, and I am going to suggest that asphalt roof is not the option you will want to pick, because they are becoming obsolete. Yes, I said obsolete!

Like it or not, but we live in the 21st century and it seems as though the good old cheap asphalt roof no longer cuts it. Unless, of course, you plan to sell your house in a few years and move out so that the new owner will get stock with the inferior roof. It is estimated that an average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is only 15 years. Add a few years in a temperate / good climate, and subtract a few years for Northern and extreme Southern climate such as Florida, Arizona, and Texas. This is not a very lucrative option to know that your roof is bound to fail and you will have to spend your money on re roofing your home all over again. So what is the solution you may ask…

In the last decade, there has been a quite sizable increase in the popularity of metal roofing installations, and I am not talking about the old barn style naked roof that makes the rain drops sound like a machine gun rattle. No, that is not the case, and in fact, modern metal roofing choices have become very sophisticated. They come in a variety of metal roofing colors from white snow to Vermont slate blue, and shapes that will blow your mind. For example, there are metal roofs that look just like wooden shake with unique texture and coloring. If you like the look of slate roofing, then you can get a metal roof that looks like slates.

Whatever your style and color preferences are, metal roofing seems to provide a solution to satisfy those unique needs and desires, from red Spanish tile – stone coated steel roof, to  aluminum shakes reminiscent of traditional Cedar Shakes. But, here is the best part, unlike asphalt roofing that is bound to fail soon, quality metal roofing installations are known to last as long as 100 years. As for the material manufacturer warranty, many modern metal roofing products come with up to 50 years non-prorated warranty.

And by the way, metal roofing can easily help you save as much as 25% on your air-conditioning costs in the summer. If you choose a white colored, sun reflective metal roof, than your energy savings could be as high as 50%. And did I mention, there is also a 2010 $1500 tax credit available from the government if buy a metal roof.

Finally, as far as cost goes, residential metal roofing prices, may initially seem as relatively high vs. asphalt shingle roofing, but if you stay in your house long enough it will more than pay for itself. Best of luck with your roofing project.