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Albany Roofers: Article About Benefits Of Metal Roofing Materials

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Most homeowners will only replace their roof once or twice in their lifetime. This makes selecting the right material for a roof of the utmost importance. If a homeowner is nearing the time for a roof replacement, it is a good time for them to decide whether their existing roofing material is working for their home or not. They should discuss their options with their Albany roofers in order to help make an informed decision. Factors such as budget, local weather, longevity, and aesthetics should be taken into consideration when choosing a roofing material for their home.

Metal roofs are a popular material for roofs on homes in America. They are ideal for homes with flat roofs or very steep roofs, as they shed ice and snow extremely well. A variety of metals can be used to make metal roofing materials, such as stone coated steel, aluminum, copper, zinc, stainless steel and tern. Steel is one of the lower cost roofing materials and can last approximately 50 years, which makes it a popular choice with homeowners. A typical standing seam metal roof will run a homeowner around $300 per square. Steel shingles are slightly cheaper at approximately $270 per square and stone coated steel is more expensive at $350 to $425 per square.

The roofing contractors at Ideal Construction of Albany can assist you with any questions regarding roofing or doors.

Metal roofs are available in shingles or vertical panels. Panels are more popular, yet more expensive than the shingle style metal roofs. Metal shingles can be made to look like their higher end counterparts of cedar shakes or slate tiles. They are available in over 100 color choices, from traditional and neutral browns and grays to more modern blues, reds and purples.

Durability is another pro of metal roofs. These roofs will not crack, rot, dry out, chip, warp, leak or split like other roofing materials. It is also not at risk for rodent infestations and is highly recommended by FEMA for areas prone to natural disasters like floods, earthquakes and hurricanes. In addition, some types of metal roofs can withstand wind gusts of 110 to 160 mph.

Usually metal roofs require little, if any, maintenance. They can be cleaned with water. Roofs with exposed fasteners will need to have them retightened about every 10 to 15 years. After several years of wear and tear, a homeowner may want to have their roof repainted, though it is not necessary for its function and only needs to be done for aesthetics.

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