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.