The least expensive type of metal roofing is Inverted Box Rib. It is made from iron and usually comes in corrugated squares. Because of its inexpensiveness and overall lack of quality, it is not a good choice for a large structure or dwelling. You usually see this type of roofing on smaller sheds or structures that do not need any type of insulation or heat retention/reflection.
Corrugated galvanized iron roofing panels are dipped in a mild galvanized steel to coat the surface. They are lightweight and easily stacked and transported. However, acidic rain can cause corrugated galvanized iron roofing to rust over time. This is a popular roofing product for barns and sheds because of its inexpensiveness and durability. Often times, galvanized iron roofing panels are not installed on homes.
Galvanized steel, however, is made from iron or steel coated with zinc. The zinc makes the roof resistant to corrosion and much more attractive than corrugated galvanized iron roofs. Galvanized steel roofs are most often used on buildings that wish to achieve a more traditional, classic look – usually found on historic building restorations and preservations.
Stainless steel roofs are very durable and resist corrosion and rust, even under the harshest of weather conditions. Stainless steel roofs are available in a variety of colors and, therefore, used more often on homes.
Aluminum roofs are extremely lightweight and corrosion resistant. Aluminum is also a great product for increasing energy efficiency, which makes it a popular choice for residential roofing. Aluminum roofs are available in a wide array of designs that can mimic the look of shingles or wood. It is a little more expensive than other types of metallic roofs, but the energy savings you’ll receive will eventually outweigh the initial expense.
Finally, stone coated steel roofing is made from an aluminum/zinc alloy and stone granules coated in ceramic. It is by far the most attractive choice for metallic roofing available on the market today. It is corrosion resistant, strong and durable, and is available in many different designs and colors. Stone coated steel roofing can add a significant amount of value and curb appeal to any home. Victorian style homes look especially more attractive when a stone coated steel roof is installed. As you can guess, stone coated steel roofing is a bit more expensive than the other metallic roofing options – but is very durable and can add a unique, beautiful look to your home.
Choosing the right metal roof for your home, shed or barn may seem like a tough decision, but once you know the features and price of what the options available you will be able to make the wisest choice. No matter what type of building needs a roof, there is a metal option right for you.