In recent years, aluminum roofing has grown quickly in popularity because of the many advantages aluminum roofs offer to homeowners. Aluminum roofs are attractive, durable, energy-efficient, and increasingly affordable. In the past, aluminum was not a popular roofing material for cost reasons and because of concerns about the structural limitations of aluminum. Recent innovations have resolved the structural problems and decreased the cost of aluminum.
Benefits of Using Aluminum Roofing
Aluminum is increasingly valued as a roofing material for many reasons. Aluminum is attractive and malleable and comes in a great variety of roofing types and designs, including standing seam, shake, shingle, tile, and slate. In many parts of the country, aluminum is offered in a wider range of gauges than steel. Aluminum can be formed into individual tiles or shingles or shaped into panels that mimic the look of shingles. It is also lightweight and easy to work with onsite, reducing labor costs for installation. Once installed, one of aluminum's most important advantages is its great durability. Aluminum roofing does not warp, crack, or burn and, unlike steel, it is extremely corrosion-resistant and does not rust-a significant advantage in coastal areas and areas with a great deal of precipitation or problems with acid rain.
The Environmental Benefits of Aluminum Roofing
Like other types of metal roofing, aluminum is also extremely energy-efficient. Studies have shown that metal roofs absorb 34% less heat than traditional asphalt shingles, reducing air-conditioning costs in summer, and, depending on the part of the country, homeowners who have switched to metal roofing have reported savings of up to 20% on heating and cooling bills. In addition, aluminum roofing is typically made up of 90% recycled material and is itself fully recyclable when necessary, making it one of the most environmentally sound building materials.
Aluminium Roofing - Costs Now vs. Costs Later
Aluminum's primary disadvantage is its cost. Aluminum's initial installation is more expensive than steel or more traditional roofing materials like wood or asphalt shingles. However, over its life cycle, aluminum has been shown to be extremely cost-efficient. Most traditional roofing materials must be replaced every 10-12 years. Aluminum roofing can last 50 years or more and is not subject to the corrosion problems of steel. If you install aluminum roofing, there is a very strong chance that you will never need to install a roof again.
Disadvantages to Aluminum Roofs
Aluminum is also less hail resistant than steel, especially on lower-grade roofs, but unlike some traditional roofing materials, it will not split or break. Finally, because of the recent rise in popularity of aluminum roofing, not all roofers are experienced with aluminum roofing installation.