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Wilmington Roofing: Article About Basics Of Metal Roofing

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Metal roofing first came about decades ago, and it continues serving as a popular option for houses in the south. Most of these roofs feature some type of steel panels or pieces that sit on top of the roof. Wilmington roofing contractors encourage homeowners to look at all the different types of metal roofs and the benefits of this material.

The common types of metal roofs include shake, tile, shingle, panel and natural metal. While wood shake may only last for 30 years, metal shake can last for twice as long or even more. Manufacturers create individual pieces that look similar to wood shake and apply a powder coated material to the surface that makes it look more like wood. Metal shake and shingles are more affordable than metal panels. The shingles come in different sizes and color options. Those who like the look of tile may like the appearance of metal tile even more. Manufacturers can bend and shape the metal to give it the same curving and sweeping look as clay tiles.

Panel roofing is what many people think of when they think of metal roofing. Contractors sometimes call this vertical panel roofing. They check the existing deck on the roof and add new wood or metal to ensure the metal fits with the roof.

The roofing experts at The Roof Maker of Wilmington NC can assist you with any questions regarding asphalt shingle roofing or flat membrane roofing.

Contractors lay the large panels directly on the roof and secure the metal with fasteners like screws and nails.

Though metal is highly decorative, natural metal roofs are even more decorative. Instead of coating the metal with chemicals that prevent rusting, manufacturers leave the metal untreated. As the panels suffer exposure to the sun, rain and other elements, it develops a rich and deep patina on top. This looks especially nice when paired with steel or copper gutters that are untreated as well.

Though there are a handful of benefits associated with metal roofing, most choose the material because of how long it lasts. Metal can last for 50 to 75 years and may last for more than 100 years with simple maintenance, regular cleaning and simple repairs. Contractors can also install the new products right on top of the roof without removing the old shingles, which cuts down on waste and helps homeowners save money. Homeowners also like how well metal holds up against high winds and other weather conditions, and many find that the warranty they receive from the manufacturer protects the roof for decades. This warranty often transfers to new owners too.

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