Types of Metal Roofs
Types of Metal Roofs
Wisconsin Metal Roofs offers a variety of types and styles. Many people take a look at a barn or office building and say to themselves - "so that's what a metal roof looks like. I guess they all look the same." Back in the day, we may have said the same thing. In reality, metal products have come a long way from the standing seam days (even though they still look great). Chances are you pass by many homes each day that you think are cedar shake or Spanish tile or even three dimensional architectural asphalt - but they are actually metal. Perhaps you may have a hard time seeing the difference from the street.
Common Types of Metal Roofing
Corrugated Metal Roofing
This is what most people think of when they hear the phrase ‘a cat on a hot tin roof”. It may not be attractive, but it is very practical in an outdoor, non-climate controlled building. Sometimes it’s actually made out of tin, but often now made from galvanized steel. Referred to in the industry as agricultural metal or AG metal, its fine for an open air rural structure like a wood shed cover, a tractor port, or a chicken coop.
Trying to use it on a residential structure, even for a semi-enclosed porch, can lead to trouble as moisture condenses on either side. These roofs move with changes in temperature, often causing fasteners to back out and allow moisture in. Once condensation sets in, they begin to rust, and then fail to keep out rain and snow.
Paints used on AG metal tend to be siliconized polyester paint, because it adheres well to metal with less cracking. the problem is that kind of paint typically fades significantly faster than other types of coloring used in quality metal roofing products. Reds fade to pink and navy fades to baby blue. It looks even worse when part of the roof is nearly permanently shaded by a structure or tree.
In just a few seasons, you may regret that option at any price.
Standing seam metal roofing is known by typically long, vertical panels fastened by a layered or inter-locking seam that conceals the fasteners from view. Standing seam metal roofs can be custom made by rolling the product out on the job site. Typically, this can eliminate part of the seams by making the panels to length. This is a very popular and common look, and has been around for decades. As a result, many people think that is what a metal roof is and there are few options to choose from other than colors.
Stamped Metal Roofing
Stamped metal roofing is a process of shaping and forming otherwise flat metal pieces. They are literally pressed under tons of pressure to take on the shape and characteristics of the mold in which they are pressed. Stamped metal roofing can be made to look like shingles, tile, cedar shake, or just about any other roofing product.
Stamping of a quality metal panel with a thick gauge is absolutely changing the roofing industry and is one of the most exciting developments. Imagine being able to transform the look of any home or structure with architectural features that are permanent, Kynar-coated for color fastness, and never need to be replaced. The change to a stamped metal roof can be so dramatic that many folks refuse to believe it actually is metal and not another product.
For commercial and residential applications, the ROI is outstanding, bringing the owner both an immediate value increase and reducing energy and maintenance costs while never needing replacement.
Powder Coated Steel Roofing
Powder coating is often considered the premium finish for metal roofing. Applied to finished metal roofing products by electrolysis and heat, its bond is permanent and does not rely on molecules “gripping” to a surface. Instead the electro-chemical bonds of the product make them part of the product itself.
Powder coating also creates a rugged or “coarse” texture to a stamped metal panel. This not only protects it from the elements and impacts from hail or dropping debris from surrounding trees, but it also “holds” snow in our tough Wisconsin winters. That eliminates the need for unsightly snow bars and helps the homeowner avoid icicles and the “avalanche” effect of being buried by snow sliding off the roof while carrying bags of groceries in the back door.
Copper roofs are considered by many to be the most beautiful of the metal roofing options. You have to admit, it is a gorgeous product as an accent on a beautiful bay window or when used to set off a unique architectural feature. The caveat, of course, is that copper is the most expensive metal roofing option.
Copper has many uses because it can be formed so easily for many features, such as gutters, downspouts, fixtures, and hardware. When it ages, and acquires the green patina, it will last almost forever. Some companies will even pre-age the copper to get the patina you desire. It is a wonderful metal to work with.
We recommend scheduling a design meeting with a Wisconsin Metal Roofs Consultant to review your best design, color, and style options custom built for your home. After reviewing physical samples and photographs for your home, you can make a smart decision based on your personal preferences and product quality.
The types of metal roofs we offer are designed to meet discriminating tastes:
Wisconsin Metal Roofs also come in a variety of powder coated colors:
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