Various metals have been used as roofing materials for thousands of years. Notable examples include the Pantheon, built by the Romans in 27 B.C. with a copper roof and the still-existing copper alloy roof on St. Mary’s Cathedral in Hildesheim. In the United States, galvanized steel has been widely used for commercial buildings and farm structures since the 19th century.
Within the last 10 or 15 years, however, metal roofing and metal roof installation has undergone a dramatic transformation — and a surge in popularity.
New metal roofing systems are being manufactured in a wide range of styles and colors. In addition to their attractive appearance, the new systems are extremely durable, energy efficient and virtually maintenance-free. The interlocking panels of modern metal roofing systems can withstand high winds and are fire-resistant. Metal roofs weight much less per square foot than typical asphalt shingles or other roofing materials, thereby placing less strain on the building’s structural integrity.
A metal roofing system can last for 50 years or more. Therefore, although the initial cost of a metal roof installation may exceed the cost of a different system, such as asphalt shingles, over time, the metal roof will actually be the better value. For example, if you choose a 20-year asphalt shingle, you will need to replace your roof at least twice (and probably three times) before you would need to replace a metal roof.
The key to a long-lasting metal roof is professional installation. Because the current systems are relatively new, not all roofing contractors have the expertise to install them properly. At Alpha Roofing Systems, our crews are highly trained and well-experienced in metal roof installation. We provide residential and commercial roofing services in the Austin metropolitan area and throughout Central Texas. We would be happy to provide you with a free quote — just submit our online form or call us 512-777-1086.