Corrugated Metal Roofing

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What Is It?

Corrugated metal roofing is made from sheets of thing metal. The metal itself when flat is not terribly rigid and tends to sag and bow. Corrugation is uniform groves that are placed in the metal to provide increased rigidity. They help the material stay stiff and span greater areas without additional support. It is similar to how many cardboard boxes are made with a wavy line of paper running on the inside of the cardboard.

How Durable Is It?

Metal being a naturally durable type of building material it is not surprising that corrugated metal roofing can last up to a century. Not only is it long lasting against the erosion of time, but it is also durable in weathering hail storms, heat, rain, and other inclement weather. In fact metal roofing is one of the best options for lightning. It might seem counterintuitive but lightning isn’t attracted to the metal, and if it is struck the energy is simply dissipated through the structure. The majority of modern galvanized metal roofing is also fire resistant, which helps keep your property safe.

Varieties Of Corrugated Metal Roofing

There are 3 main types of corrugated metal roofing, copper, stainless steel, and aluminum. Each have their own advantages and disadvantages. The application of roofing, being it residential, commercial, or even agricultural will influence which is the best option for your purposes.

Aluminum Corrugated Roofing – The quality and value of this roofing material is one of the best for residential roofing. It is beloved by many homeowners because it is paintable and naturally rust resistant. Even if paint isn’t desired additional coatings are not necessary due to aluminum’s natural resistance to corrosion and rust.

Stainless Steel Corrugated Roofing – These sheets are naturally grey due to the color of steel. There are limitations to color options for the bare metal and additional painting. It also costs more than aluminum and is generally heavier.

Copper Corrugated Roofing – Copper has been used for many famous and beautiful architectural marvels. Many a European castle is adorned with copper roofing and its wonderful look is also quite durable. Copper is naturally resistant to rust and can last for a very long time. Because of these qualities it is typically also the most costly of the 3 materials.

Is It A Environmentally Friendly Option?

One of the great things about metal roofing is that it is 100% recyclable. This means less production using raw materials and less need to mine for resources. In addition lasting in some cases 4 to 5 times as long as some traditional roofing options using metal roofing uses drastically less materials over time to keep your home safe and dry. Metal roofing also offers energy savings in the southern climates where we have to run air conditioners all day and night to keep our homes comfortable. Metal naturally has properties that reflect the energy from the sun and keep that heat out of our homes. Metal roofing can also be lightweight which will require less framing and structural support. This means less draw on 2×4’s and other building materials.


Corrugated Metal Roofing by Right Way Roofing

If you have a home or structure that could use a new metal roof, or metal roof repair in the East Valley or anywhere in Phoenix give the pros at Right Way Roofing a call. We only use the best materials, best underlayment, and best fasteners to get the job done and offer the longest roofing warranties in the business.

 

Shingle Roofing Vs. Metal Roofing

Shingle Roofing Vs Metal Roofing Phoenix

If you are building a new home or you are ready to put new roofing on your home in Phoenix, knowing the difference between shingle roofing vs metal roofing can help you make an informed decision. We will take a closer look at both in this article.

Shingle Roofing

Shingle Roofing

The benefits of shingle roofing are cost and soundproofing. The biggest con for the shingles is the lifespan. They typically last about 25-30 years. Shingle roofing also doesn’t offer the same protection in extreme weather conditions. However shingle roofing is naturally a better option for soundproofing.

Metal Roofing

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is very strong and durable. In addition metal roofing can help your home stay cooler during the punishing Arizona summers. It might cost a little more upfront, but it lasts longer, keeps your house cooler, and is better for extreme weather. In comparison to the 25-30 years shingle roofing lasts, metal roofing is often backed by a 50 year warranty.  Metal roofing isn’t known for being a great soundproofing option, but with proper insulation you can have the best of all three benefits, durability, soundproofing, and energy savings.

Read DCT Roofing Solution’s post titled “6 Reasons to Consider Using Metal Roofing Next Time You Need to Replace Your Roof” to learn more about metal roofing.

Regional Roofing Considerations

Shingles tend to be adequate for temperate climates. Arizona or Phoenix more specifically, is not temperate in any way shape or form during the summers. With temperatures pushing over 120 on some of the hotter days having a roofing system that is up to the challenge of keeping your home cooler will pay off. Metal roofing clearly has the edge with a natural ability to reflect some of the heat straight away. With proper insulation the savings can be even higher.

The Science Of Staying Cool

If you’ve ever leaned against a car in the summer time and been burned it might be hard to believe that a metal roof can help your house stay cooler. However metal roofing has the advantage over shingle roofing. Shingles, especially the darker colors, tend to absorb the heat from the sun. This passes more heat on to your insulation. If you reflect heat before it can absorb into the roofing material there is less heat your home’s insulation has to contend with and your home will stay cooler. The savings you reap every year with lower energy costs with a metal roof can add up. Peak cooling demands can be reduced by as much as 10-15% with metal roofing. With additional coatings, sealants, or colors metal roofing can be even more effective at keeping your home cooler. Light color metal roofing or roofing with elastomeric coatings help keep Arizona’s summer sun at bay.

Shingle Vs. Metal Roofing Cost Comparison

Metal roofing is more costs up front. There is no getting around that fact. The cost of a metal roof can be as much as 2 or 3 times higher. With the difference in durability and energy savings metal roofing is very likely to make up for the difference, and last much longer. It clearly also has the edge in extreme weather conditions. The federal government has tax credits available for either roofing system, which does help offset the cost of installing new roofing.


Phoenix Roofing Professionals

If you are building your new dream home in the Phoenix valley, or you need new roofing on the home you are in, give Right Way Roofing a call.

We do free roofing inspections and can help you with all of your roofing needs.

Right Way Roofing – 480-232-5458 or 602-299-8851

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