What is the Best Metal Roofing System?

What is the best metal roofing system for your home? When choosing the perfect design and materials for your house, you need to consider several factors like cost, aesthetics, climate, and even the weather. There are many reasons to choose metal roofing, from sustainability to a clean, modern look. Metal roofs have moved beyond simple corrugated metal roof panels of the past. Today’s metal roof offers superior technology, energy-saving insulation, and versatility ideal for any style.

Finding the Right Materials

Manufacturers create metal roofs out of many different materials like copper, Galvalume steel, and aluminum. In the past, corrugated metal roof panels were made of materials like Zinc susceptible to rust and wear. Today Galvalume steel provides robust and durable protection against moisture, harsh weather, and even hail. Besides having a more affordable price tag, Galvalume steel can be installed over an older roof, saving extensively on labour costs and wasted materials. 

Aluminum provides an excellent lightweight option for your home. Don’t worry about rust or corrosion with aluminum. While not as costly as copper, aluminum has a mid-range price point. Many homes in coastal environments benefit from aluminum roofing. Other materials like Zinc and copper are reserved for luxurious accents. Their high price point makes them less popular than steel or aluminum roofing. Furthermore, Zinc has both longevity and is eco-friendly. Please speak with our experts at Eco-Insulated Panel about which material would be best for your home.

Standing Seam Metal Roof Systems

Many homeowners prefer standing seam metal roofing systems for a variety of reasons:

  • Sustainable
  • Waterproof
  • Weather-tight
  • Longevity
  • Modern look
  • Versatile
  • Quick installation

A standing seam metal roofing system consists of concealed fastener metal panels fastened using clips. Additionally, the profile types include both snap-lock systems and the mechanical seam. Other options include a nail and fastener flange or the batten panel, but each method has its pros and cons.

Snap-Lock systems are better for roofs with a pitch of 3/12 or greater, and they are ideal in any environment. This system is less labour-intensive, saving on costs in installation. A single lock (90-degree seam) option isn’t as reliable as the double lock and is better for less extreme environments.

The batten panel roofing system performs very well in harsh locations. The best designs use the weather-tight tee seams panels for both steep and low slope roofing. The snap cap system uses a reliable mechanical lock system.

The nail flange and fastener flange systems can have some problems down the road. The system relies entirely on the fastener heads to keep the roof panels attached. They are often a cheap option and require less time for installation. They should not be used in low-slope pitch and do not work well with some solar panel systems. Over time the system may distort.

Standing seam metal roofs have several options like:

  • V-ribs – V-shaped panels
  • Striated – Small indentations
  • Bead Ribs – Long rectangular indents
  • Flat – No indents
  • Clip Relief – Allows roof for clips
  • Pencil Ribs – Circular

Most standing seam options work the same. The choice often comes down to aesthetics and cost. No matter what style of standing seam metal roof system you choose, trust the experts at Eco-Insulated Panel to provide you with high-quality installation and excellent customer service. When you need the best metal roofing in Ontario, call the team at Eco-Insulated Panels.

5 Top Tips to Maintain Your Metal Roof

Metal roofing offers superior protection and energy efficiency. Your standing seam metal roof, insulated metal panels, or metal shingles will last for decades with minimal maintenance. How can you extend the life of your metal roof? Here are tips from our professional team.

1. Regularly Clean Your Roof

A clean metal roof will last longer. Avoid any grime and dirt accumulation on your standing seam metal roof with regular cleaning. Get rid of mildew, stains, and dirt to increase the lifespan of your roof.

2. Clean Out Gutters and Drains

Once again, you want to clear out any debris, leaves, and dirt stuck in gutters and valleys on your roof. You may need to hire a professional to clean your roof if you cannot safely clean it. This minimal bit of maintenance helps increase the durability and strength of your roof over time. Don’t forget to remove any fallen branches and trim back trees that might linger close to your roof.

3. Surface Maintenance

Surface maintenance includes cleaning but also involves a professional inspection. A professional will inspect the roof for overall safety, durability, and maintenance. Homes in extreme climates will need at least one or two inspections per year.

4. Inspect for Metals

You do not want any metal touching your metal roof. This may end up causing degradation over time. You don’t want staining or system failure. For example, be sure that your roof does not come in contact with copper bricks, or iron.

5. Check for Chipping

Do you have to repaint your metal roof? If you see rust, chipping, flaking, and fading, you may need to add an extra coat of paint. Avoid this by having the roof professionally installed with high quality paint and coating. Speak with our experts at Eco Insulated Panel about the best coating, paint, and insulation for your metal roof.

Need to maintain your roof, install a new roof, or need an inspection? Call the experts at Eco Insulated Panel. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer any of your questions. Contact us today.