There was a time when metal roofs were considered despicable and unattractive and no one wanted to install a cheap metal roof. But now the times have changed. It is not so anymore. Now metal roofs are being installed increasingly by proud home owners.
Nowadays even for metal roofs there are new colors, shapes and textures in the market and along with the advantage of having a long lasting durable roof for your house, you can even have a stylist, smart looking roof. Broadly speaking, metal roofs for houses are available in three basic styles. They are available in individual shingles, large sheets and shingle sheets. This offers a wide range of choice to the house owners while selecting a metal roof for their house.
The conventional metal roofs were actually installed very basically. They were large sheets of metals and according to the shape and size of the roof they were bent and cut a little. The style factor was totally absent, absolutely zero. But with the passage of time, metal roofs have also evolved and nowadays these metal sheets are available in various textures and colors to match your house.
There are simulated shingle tabs which have been formed into the metal sheet itself. The shingle sheets of the metal roofs are slightly smaller in size than the plain sheets. They are usually three or four feet long, apart from having the shape of many shingles arranged in a row. They are quite easy to install because the sheets are large and they cover a wider area of the roof in single installation.
Selecting metal roofs for your house.
It is very laborious to install individual shingles of a sheet of a metal roof. The individual shingles have to be installed one at a time and it takes a long time to install it. It is a labor intensive job. These shingles are however available in a wide range of colors, shapes, sizes and textures. And this has led many home owners think that it is worth the cost and the trouble because they lend an exclusive look to the house.
There are different types of metals available for the metal roofing your house. Some of the commonly used metals are copper, stainless steel, steel, aluminum and various types of metal alloys. Steel is very strong in spite of being very heavy, whereas aluminum is light and strong too. Thus aluminum is preferred to steel. But one big drawback of aluminum is it dents very fast. Imagine having dents in your metal roof at all the places where you walked!
Stainless steel, metal alloys and copper sheets are excellent as your metal roof; they look attractive and last for a long time too. But the cliché is that they are expensive too. They cost more than any other metal roofing sheets.
Many people have found out a smart way of cutting costs and having a dressy roof too. They install a basic aluminum sheet for the larger part of the roof. This saves them on costs. Then they add few decorative strips of copper or any other expensive metal. This keeps the costs down and eliminates the drawbacks of having aluminum roofing.
No matter which material you choose as your metal roof, it will depend on your taste and budget, but the most important thing that you must remember is that the metal roof should provide you maximum durability and style for the money that you are spending on it.