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Homeowners looking for an environmentally friendly, aesthetically appealing and long lasting roofing system often turn to metal. Houses with metal roofs are increasing in popularity as homeowners are choosing to put metal on when building a home or as a retrofit when an existing roof needs to be replaced. Experienced Mattoon roofing contractors can help property owners understand all of the different types of metals that are available for use on residential roofs.

When properly installed and maintained, a copper roof could last for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, the price of copper is high, and a sufficient quantity to make a large roof may be difficult to obtain in many areas. If a homeowner is able to find a copper roofing supplier, the initial investment would be considerable, but this would pay for itself in durability of the roof and greater resale value of the house.

Terneplate roofs are rare, having gone out of style in the middle of the 20th century. However, it may still be possible to find some homes with this type of roof. A typical terneplate roof lasts for 40 to 50 years.

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Many areas no longer allow the installation of new terneplate due to the risks of lead exposure.

Aluminum is growing in popularity as a roofing material. When carefully installed, an aluminum roof will last for about 35 years before it needs to be replaced. Aluminum is fully recyclable, making it an earth friendly option. Aluminum reflects sunlight back into the atmosphere, helping lower summertime cooling costs. These roofs resist rust and require a minimal amount of maintenance.

Galvanized steel is also increasing in popularity as a roofing material. This kind of alloyed steel has been coated with a layer of zinc to make it more durable and resistant to corrosion. Galvanized steel roofing can last for 60 years with only a minimal amount of maintenance needed. It is also one of the least expensive types of roofing.

Once a homeowner has made a decision about what kind of metal to use for roofing, a few additional pieces of equipment will be needed for the safety of the household. A grounding system is needed to divert the electricity from lightning strikes into the ground. If the home is located near a significant source of air pollution or is exposed to corrosive materials such as rock salt, the metal may not last for as long as specified by the manufacturer.

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