3 Decisions To Make Before Getting A Metal Roof Replacement

If your old metal roof finally reached the end of its life, it's time to start planning a roof replacement. You may want the same type of metal roof you have now, but since a new metal roof should last for decades, you may want to consider other options. Here's a look at some choices to make when you're getting a new metal roof. 

The Type Of Metal

Three choices are aluminum, steel, and copper. Aluminum is less expensive, but it is also damaged more easily. If you live in an area that has hailstorms, an aluminum roof might be covered in dents after a few years. Dents can be pulled out and repaired, and sometimes your insurance might pay to replace a metal roof that has hail damage, so it may be worth it for you to go with aluminum to save money initially on the roof replacement.

Steel is an excellent material for a metal roof. The steel is treated so rust shouldn't be a big issue. Steel is much stronger than aluminum, so it won't dent as easily. Steel costs more, but it offers better protection for your home due to its strength.

Copper is expensive, so it's not a common choice for residential roofing. However, if you can afford it, you might enjoy having a copper roof on your home. You can let the copper oxidize and develop a patina to add even more glamour to your home.

Color Of The Roofing

There are different panel styles and colors of metal roofing to pick from. Standing seam panels are popular for residential roofs because they resist water leaks so well at the seams.

You can choose the color of your metal roof too. Metal roofing comes in solid colors that make your home attractive. You'll have several options when you choose a metal roof when it comes to how you want the roof to look. You can even buy metal roof panels that look weathered or rusted if you want a rustic or farmhouse look for your home.

Covering An Old Roof

If you took good care of your old metal roof and the deck doesn't have water damage, your contractor might put the new metal roof panels over the old metal roofing. This is only done if the deck of the roof doesn't have any moisture damage, so the roofer takes care to check the deck carefully.

An advantage of putting new metal panels over the old ones is that you could save money on labor costs since the old metal panels don't have to be unscrewed and pulled off.

Contact a local roofer to learn more.