Do you need a new roof? Are you in the middle of deciding which roofing material to use for your new home? You have plenty of options to choose from, but which material will match the style and aesthetic you’re attempting to achieve? Houser Roofing wants to help you choose the best roof for your Richmond home. If you’re ready to start your roofing project, give us a call today! Otherwise, we share the pros and cons of steel roofing in this post.
What is Steel Roofing?
Steel is commonly found on commercial construction sites, and it’s becoming more popular with residential use. The material is made out of iron and a mixture of other elements. It’s extremely durable, strong, and tough. Creating steel is a high-energy process, yet the reuse and recyclability of steel offers a long lifespan. In face, steel is one of the most recycled material on the planet.
The Three Types of Steel Roofing
Weathering Steel: This is a unique steel in that it’s created to intentionally rust. It’s not recommended to be used as your primary roofing material, since it is created to rust and protect the inner steel layers. Typically, weathering steel is used for accent pieces to add aesthetic value or style.
Galvanized Steel: As the most common roofing material, galvanized steel is used in commercial and residential applications. A layer of zinc is added to the steel to slow the corrosion process significantly.
Galvalume Steel: The main difference between galvalume and galvanized steel is the coating. Galvalume uses a mixture of aluminum and zinc as a layer to protect the steel from rust. Aluminum tends to protect from corrosion better in certain environments than zinc. It also provides a uniform aesthetic across the panels.
The Cons of Steel Roofing
The Cost: Steel roofs like other metal materials can be expensive, even though the material may be recycled.
The Noise: A steel roof will be noisier than a traditional composite roof when it rains, hails, or acorns fall from trees. Your attic insulation and other structural home components should dampen the noise, but you will notice the increase in noise if you choose steel.
The Movement: Steel roofs do expand and contract due to heat and cold. The movement isn’t noticeable, but it can lead to leaks if the incorrect panel fasteners are not used during installation.
The Pros of Steel Roofing
The Lifespan: Properly installed steel roofing can last up to and beyond 60 years. The zinc layer added in galvanized helps prevent rust and corrosion over time.
The Style: You can install panels, standing-seam, or another shape to match your home’s aesthetic. You can also coat the steel with colors or patterns that match your style. Steel roofing is a versatile material.
Energy Efficient: The variety of colors you can choose from influences how much heat your steel roof can reflect. A common misconception is that steel roofing attracts heat. In fact, steel roofing reflects heat based on its color. When you choose a lighter color, it will reflect more heat, and a darker color will reflect less.
Houser Roofing Serves South Texas and the Gulf Region
Are you ready to install a new roof? Do you need a roof on new construction? Houser roofing has been serving Sealy, Richmond, and other areas in south Texas for more than 25 years. We’re all about getting the job done right the first time. Our roofing experts are here to serve you and your roofing needs. Give us a call today, let’s get started on your roofing project!