If your shingle roof has reached the end of its lifespan, you might start to think about replacing it with a metal roof. Metal roofs are known for their durability and longevity. It’s even possible for a metal roof to last a lifetime. There are different types of metal roofs, such as standing seam metal roofing and ribbed metal roofing, and they have different lifespans. Before investing in a new metal roofing system, be sure to talk to the roofing contractor about all of your options.
Multi-ribbed metal roofing
A ribbed metal roofing system is comprised of metal panels that feature raised ridges, or ribs. This type of roof is particularly popular for residential construction because it provides a pleasing, modernized appearance. The panels will last for a lifetime. However, this type of roof does require some maintenance.
Every eight to 10 years, you’ll need to have your roofing contractor change the fasteners. This is because the rubber washer deteriorates and may lead to leaks around the screws, resulting in interior damage. This can happen when the installers tighten the screws using impact screw guns instead of drills, which causes the washer to blow out.
It’s best to choose a roofing contractor who uses drills to twist the clutch back without force, preventing the washers from being stripped.
Standing seam metal roofs
Even more aesthetically pleasing than the multi-ribbed metal roof is the standing seam metal roof. It’s a bit more of an upfront investment, but the benefit is that it will not only last for your lifetime, but it also requires far less maintenance than ribbed roofing panels. Standing seam metal roof panels are painted and are available in a range of colors. Plus, you’ll get a 25-year chalk and paint warranty. At some point, you may need to repaint, but this isn’t a frequent task by any means. And since the panels all lock over each other, no fasteners are required.
Metal roofing tiles
Metal roofing tiles are an exciting innovation in roofing materials. They interlock to form a tight barrier against the weather. Metal roof tiles are available in a variety of shapes and colors. Some feature asphalt on the top, while others are regular metal that can be painted. From an aesthetic sense, metal roofing tiles are among the most beautiful metal roofing systems you could choose for your home. Plus, a properly installed metal tile roof will last a lifetime. The downside is that this type of roof requires more materials and takes longer to install.
Note that there can be some variations even among the same type of roofing systems. This is because metal roofs are created with different gauges. For most residential roofs, a gauge of 29 or higher is ideal. A 29-gauge roof can typically be expected to last for 20 to 25 years.
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If you’re in need of residential metal roofing, look no further than Premiere Roofing & Gutters. We’ve been delivering excellent craftsmanship and customer service to North Carolina residents for over two decades. Based in Hickory and Wilmington, we proudly serve customers throughout the surrounding areas. Our crew of experienced roofers installs all types of metal roofs, including ribbed and standing seam. Contact us for residential roofing services to request a free, no-obligation estimate.