Metal Roofs 101

Metal roofs are steadily gaining popularity as homeowners look for alternative roofing materials to the traditional asphalt shingle. Just like any roofing material, metal roofs are more complicated than simply a sheet of metal on top of your roof. If you are a homeowner considering a metal roof, there are a few things you should know as you make the decision about what is best for your home. 

There Are Two Types Of Metal Roofs

There are two common styles of metal roofs – corrugated and standing seam. Corrugated metal roofs are fastened to the rest of the roof deck via screws that screw directly down into the roofing deck. These screws are visible from the top of the roof, and don’t allow the metal to move after it is installed. 

Standing seam metal roofs are fastened via brackets on the sides of the paneling, and are not visible from the top of the roof. Standing seams allow the metal some flexibility to move to accommodate for expansion and contraction in heat fluctuations. 

The Lifespan of the Roof 

The lifespan of the metal roof is an important factor for homeowners to understand. An unpainted metal roof can last over 100 years with the proper care and maintenance. That’s pretty impressive, and a great perk for homeowners. However, it is important for homeowners to understand that that lifespan is for unpainted metal roofs. When a roof is painted to achieve a color other than the shiny tin look of metal, it is painted with baked enamel paint. This paint has a lifespan of about 40 years. Once that time is up, it will begin to peel and fade, and need to be either repainted or replaced. 

The Perks of Metal 

Metal roofs are a fantastic choice for homeowners. They are durable, and able to withstand almost anything Virgina throws at them, weather-wise. They are typically made of recycled materials, and at the end of their lifespan are completely recyclable. They are also the only roofing material on the market that remain 100% non-combustible throughout their lifespan. 

Metal is a great choice for many homeowners, especially those looking for a little bit of extra fire protection, or who are concerned about the environment. If you need a professional roofing company to give you a quote on your Charlottesville home, look no further than Cenvar Roofing! Our convenient Zion Crossroads location allows us to serve the entire Charlottesville area with excellence! Visit our website to schedule your free estimate today!