Types of Metal Roofing Materials – Pros and Cons

Metal roofing in Ontario is long-lasting with a lifespan of up to sixty years, highly resistant to corrosion and the roughest of Canadian weather, and environmentally friendly. Steel, aluminum, and copper are the three most popular metal roofing materials selected for residential and commercial application. Though we think of ‘metal roofing’ being a steel roof, there are some options. Please feel encouraged to browse below for more information on the different types of metal roofing materials, and their respective pros and cons.

Steel

Steel is the most popular metal roofing material in Canada, being selected by the vast majority of homeowners for their properties. Steel itself has several options with is definitely a pro when trying to pair it with the aesthetic of a home. Though initially used more as a commercial roofing product, steel is more common in residential settings today as it’s highly adaptable from an aesthetic standpoint. Another pro to steel is that it has a high recyclability rating and the availability of recycled steel means that a lot of what we use to make steel roofing is from recycled sources. Steel is the least expensive metal roofing product in Canada and is one of the most recycled materials in the world.

Aluminum

Aluminum is long-lasting similar to steel and boasts high resistance to salt water corrosion. Aluminum is perfect for saltier regions and coastal climates. That said, its durability is slightly lower than steel and other metals. The downside to aluminum is that it is costlier than steel. Then again, you get what you pay for. Aluminum’s strength to weight ratio is higher than steel. If one does decide to go with an aluminum metal roof, it’s important to speak with the roofing contractor to determine whether it’s the most appropriate option for your region and where your property is situated.

Copper

Copper is a less popular metal roofing material these days but it’s been used for centuries. Copper can last up to two hundred years, are 100% recyclable, soft, and with a low melting temperature, copper makes for a good high-performance roof. The softness of copper means that it does not produce much noise when it rains however it is prone to hail damage. These roof bends may not be the most aesthetically pleasing but they themselves show a resilient roof. A major con of copper roofing is that it is very, very expensive which for most Canadian households, will put it out of consideration for a metal roof replacement.

Choose what’s right for your property

Finding a metal roofing contractor who is experienced and knowledgeable about metal roofing products may have a recommendation to provide. If not, choose what’s right and most appropriate for your needs.

Steel, aluminum, and copper all have their place however depending on the budget for one’s roof replacement and the specific requirements of the region a property is set in, one may be more inclined to go with one over the others.

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Every metal roofing material comes with its advantages. Copper is one of the most aesthetically pleasing however it is the most soft and expensive. Aluminum is great for certain regions of Canada and is less expensive than copper. Then, steel is less expensive, more affordable, and delivers a powerful punch of a performance you’ll love. Choose the metal listening to the roofing contractor you choose, the location of the build, and any other considerations your property may have.

What is the Cost to Replace a Steel Roof in Ontario – read here!

Installing a steel roof in Ontario can seem expensive to Canadians. Just comparing the installation numbers, you’ll find steel to be on average twice as expensive as asphalt shingles. As we look into the numbers though, we actually find steel to be a more cost-effective option.

Why a steel roof in Ontario is more cost-effective is because asphalt is a very low quality material. Asphalt roofing can last up to twelve years but going through some of the harsher Canadian weather, it may need a replacement in as little as six years. Now, compare this to steel which can last upwards of fifty years or more. Steel is a much higher quality material, more environmentally friendly, and able to withstand more climate abuse than its competitors. Thereby over the course of its lifespan, steel is easily the more inexpensive option.

According to estimates done earlier this year in 2018, the average cost to replace a steel roof in Ontario is approximately $10,400. Evidently, depending on the size of the roof and if there are any special accommodations that need to be made, the price to install a steel roof could be lower or higher. For example, on the low end, prices for a steel roof in Ontario fall to $2,100 and on the high end, it can cost upwards of $25,000 and above. Though this pricing is double what one would pay for asphalt, your Ontario property will receive one of the highest quality roofing materials in the market today.

Why Canadians are willing to pay so much for a roof replacement comes down to the advantages of steel as a material. Studies conducted on steel roofing showed how they reduced some households’ energy bill by up to 40 percent and insurance savings at a reduction of up to 30 percent. Steel roofing is also very low maintenance, relatively easy to install, has a strong resale value which is super important for property values, and is a light-weight material meaning less stress on your property’s infrastructure.

By settling for a lesser material, you’re going to get a lesser quality roof replacement. This isn’t like settling for fast food because you weren’t interested in making dinner. For most of us, our property is the most valuable thing we own. By installing a low quality asphalt roof, you run the risk of leaks and ultimately will end up paying more either way in the long-term as its life span slowly runs out. For these reasons, we can’t help but highly recommend steel roofing.

Highly resistant to corrosion and rust, there’s nothing quite like steel roof panels to protect a residential home. Choose from several different colors and styles, and match your steel roof installation or replacement direct to your property and its surroundings. Always be sure to select a roofing contractor you trust to complete the roof replacement. Proper installation will ensure a homeowner gets all the benefits from their steel roofing selection.

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us today to speak with a representative. We’d be happy to provide some different options for a steel roof replacement in Ontario, ensuring your property receives the best possible value.