What Are The Pros and Cons of Aluminium Roof
As we will show in this brief comparison of the pros and cons of having an aluminum roof, there are always good and bad aspects of any roofing material. Coast Mountain Roof does not install aluminium roofs in the Greater Vancouver areas, aluminum has higher reflective properties than steel, and it is also softer, therefore less resistant to hail and other impacts; however, it is important to keep in mind that this material will work better for some roofs compared to others, depending on such factors as where a home is located, how much sun a house is exposed to and many other factors that we will discuss below.
• Long-Lasting: Other than a copper roof, a quality aluminium roof can easily outlast practically any type of roofing material available on the market today. In most cases, an aluminium roof will last upwards of 35 years without much trouble, and in a lot of cases, the roof will be able to last up to 50 years. Most quality roofers will provide homeowners with a 30 to 50-year warranty on their aluminium roof, depending on the overall quality of the material.
• Lightweight and Strong: Most roofers prefer to install aluminium roofs as opposed to the heavier galvanized steel or tin roofs available today. This is mainly because aluminium is far lighter and easier to handle, allowing for installation to proceed more smoothly and faster than it would with heavier material. Due to the material’s lightweight, it can be placed over your existing roof with little trouble and without worrying about the strain it may put on the structure of your home. This can save a homeowner money on their initial cost, and can also reduce the time they spend having noisy work done on their roof. Despite the lightness of aluminium, it is just as strong and dependable in the elements as a metal roof. It is also better at preventing rust and corrosion, which is particularly beneficial for coastal homes that receive a great deal of moisture from corrosive salt water. An aluminium roof is also heat resistant, which can help you save on your energy bill during the hot summer months.
• Added Costs: Although an aluminium roof isn’t as expensive as a copper or zinc coated rooftop, it can still end up costing you more than you may initially expect. In many cases, aluminium roofs require some sort of coating over the metal in order to give it a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. While these coatings are important to the look of your home and the lifespan of your new roof, it is something that many people aren’t initially aware of, so be sure to choose a quality roofer that will be upfront with you about the entire cost of your new roof.
• Durability Issues: While it is certainly not a flimsy material, aluminium is a soft metal, and as a result, it is more susceptible to dents and other damage over time. This is worth considering if you live in a heavily wooded area, where tree branches are more likely to fall on your roof. While there is no real risk of your roof caving in, dents and scratches can harm the appearance of your roof, and will end up costing you more to have them repaired.
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Brad Gordon and his team of professionals have been installing roofing, waterproofing and architectural sheet metal systems in the Greater Vancouver area for over 20 years.