Is Metal Roofing the Right Choice for Your Home?
Are you building a new home, renovating, or adding an extension? The roof is a key part of any property construction project. After all you want to enjoy the finished project to the full, while having no worries over your head or the need for roof repairs just a few years down the track.
There are many roofing materials available, yet not all can stand up against the durability, aesthetics and low maintenance properties of metal roofing. Here’s why.
Considerations for choosing a metal roof
Clay or concrete tiles, asphalt shingles and wood shake shingles are all available roofing options, but they do come with some drawbacks.
Concrete tiles can crack, shift, attract mildew, and do not always age well. Wood rots and needs to be replaced or repaired, while asphalt shingles can crack and be high maintenance.
Metal roofing materials can withstand weathering for decades with little maintenance, and are resistant to mould, rot and mildew. They also have a luxurious finished appearance, whether you choose the heritage beauty of copper for an architecturally designed dream home, or the tried and tested Colorbond with its variety of styles and colours to complement the exterior of the property and the landscaping.
Types of metal for roofing
- Copper. Copper is so durable that even homes and buildings completed over two centuries ago still have their original copper roofs. Its merits include energy-efficiency, helping keep your home at a comfortable temperature year-round, and it easily holds up to the ravages of sun, snow, storms and humidity. The rich sheen of new copper is stunning, and as it ages, it transforms to a beautiful weathered jade-green shade.
- Lead. Lead has been used in the construction of many iconic buildings all over the world. Some lead roofs and grand decorative turrets and towers are still in excellent repair after centuries. Lead oxidises to a lovely sheen and soft texture. Lead flashings are also used to waterproof roofs by deflecting rain water into the gutters and downpipes. Both lead and copper are impervious to water.
- Other metals. Colorbond, aluminium and tin are less expensive options and have their own set of virtues. They are sturdy, and if well installed, can last up to 30 or 40 years. You might think that a metal roof would be hot, but properly insulated Colorbond is effective in keeping your home a comfortable temperature.
Get some expert advice and assistance
Whether you’re constructing a new build or renovating, having an architect or at least a very experienced builder is important. Equally, it’s vital to have expert installation of your new roof, whether you’ve decided on Colorbond or something more exotic. Roofing is not a do-it-yourself part of the construction project, it must be installed correctly and with precision by a company dedicated to quality materials and workmanship.