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Gaithersburg Roofing: Article About Types Of Metal Roofing

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Metal roofing is becoming a popular option for homeowners who want to get the most out of their roofs. Just like there are different types of asphalt shingles, there are different types of metals that can be used for roofing. Regardless of the metal chosen, Gaithersburg roofing professionals have the skills and knowledge to install metal roofs properly for homeowners.

People often choose to upgrade their roofs to metal because they like the look. According to the National Institute of Building Sciences, however, metal roofs are great for homes located in hot climates because they are able to reflect nearly 70 percent of the sun's heat. The result is a lower energy bill for homes during the summer months. Over the years, metal roofs are able to pay for themselves because they save homeowners hundreds of dollars on their annual cooling bills.

One of the most common metals used in roofing is aluminum because it resists corrosion and rust. Aluminum is also lightweight, which means that homes don't require any special structural modification before having it installed. This metal is malleable, which allows roofers to easily flex and bend the aluminum to conform it to any imperfections a home's roof may have. It's this same flexibility that allows residents to have custom designs stamped into the metal to give their roofs unique characteristics.

Roofers at Seneca Creek Home Improvement of Gaithersburg MD can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, doors or gutters.

Steel is another good choice for roofing because it's also resistant to corrosion. Unlike aluminum, however, steel roofing is incredibility strong. To help the steel resist rust, it's often coated in a zinc or aluminum. Although steel roofing is more expensive than some other metal roofing options, it typically lasts a lifetime as long as the owner keeps up with general maintenance and gives it a fresh coat of paint from occasionally. Homeowners looking for a material that's even stronger can choose stainless steel, which is a maintenance-free option.

While not as strong as steel, copper is considered a premium roofing option and perfect for high-end homes. Copper is not only a beautiful option to consider, it's also naturally resistant to rust and corrosion. When copper roofing is first installed, it has a shiny reddish-orange color. As it ages, it oxidizes the color changes to a green patina. Copper is nearly maintenance free and stands up good in areas with high wind or that are prone to earthquakes. Having a copper roof installed on a home is dependent on the homeowner's budget.

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