Metal roofing is an alternative roofing material that provides a greater degree of aesthetic customization, durability, and a longer lifespan to your home's roof when compared to traditional asphalt shingles. However, not all metal roofing is alike: there are a variety of different types of metal roofing materials, each of which carries a distinct set of advantages and disadvantages. Understanding what the differences are between the most common types of metal roofing materials can help you choose the one that is the best fit for your home's roofing needs.
Vertical Seam Panels
Vertical seam panels are a type of metal roofing that are made out of extremely large panels that have seams that run perpendicular to the slope of your roof. They provide a clean and sleek aesthetic to your home, since the seams that attach the panels to one another are covered up by adjacent panels. They are able to expand and contract fairly easily, reducing the risk of wear and tear over time due to weather exposure. However, if vertical seam panels are damaged, the replacement process is more expensive than other types of metal roofing, since the entire large panel will need to be replaced.
Modular roofing panels are visually similar to asphalt shingles, and indeed they are more commonly referred to as metal roofing shingles. They provide a more textured and traditional look to your home, while still providing the added benefits of metal as a roofing material. A variety of different patterns and colors are available, which gives them more customization options over asphalt shingles (though you can get them designed so that they replicate the traditional look of asphalt roofing, if that's what you desire). The major downside associated with modular metal roofing panels is the fact that their installation process can be quite involved, since individual panels are quite small and need to be lain down in an overlapping fashion.
Corrugated roofing panels are made out of single large sheets of metal which are fastened together. The main advantage of corrugated metal roofing panels (which are most commonly U or R-panel, which refers to the visual appearance of the corrugation) is their low cost, which makes them ideal for covering larger roofs when budget is an issue. Further, corrugated metal panels can simply be installed over existing asphalt shingles. Unlike vertical seam panels, the connections are exposed, which makes rust and damage a potential factor.
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