Deciding on a cladding material is one of the most crucial decisions to make when installing a new roof. You could go with tiles using terracotta, concrete, or slate. Alternatively, you might prefer a steel sheet roof. Following are several reasons to go with the latter option.
Is Light and Strong
Metal corrugated sheets are relatively lightweight in comparison to heavy concrete and terracotta, both of which can place a great burden on a building and its structure. Lightweight cladding is expressly helpful with older houses which may not be as strong as they once were, and also, with large dwellings that require a vast roof.
Because metal is lighter than tiles, if you replace your roof with metal, the building should be able to cope. However, if you're switching from metal to tiles, you'll need an inspection. Some of the rafters, beams and battens — as well as the supporting walls — may require bolstering.
You don't need to worry about the strength of steel roofs, as though they are light, they're strong and well able to support components such as solar panels and hot water systems. The corrugation of the roof sheets increases their rigidity and sturdiness.
Has a Versatile Appearance
No matter what kind of roof you envision, you'll have options, in shapes and colours, to consider. The classic orb wave profile — in shades such as red, green, blue, and cream — flatters traditional hip and gable roofs. Additionally, steel roofing forms stunning planes and surfaces on modern geometric structures, including curved designs. For an industrial look, you could stick with a flat steel grey roof. Many other corrugation styles are available besides the standard orb form, such as angular ridge shapes and different size waves.
Can Handle Snow and Fire
Metal roofs can handle extremes such as snow and bushfire. In alpine areas, smooth metal, without the nooks provided by tiles, allows snow to slide easily to the ground. Snow pile-up on roofs is problematic as it adds to the overall roof weight and thus, can stress the building. Because metal is lightweight, even if snow does pile on top, the burden will be less. On the other hand, heavy snow on top of heavy roofing can cause problems. Steel is also fire resistant and thus, is ideal for bushfire prone areas.
So, if you're planning a new roof installation, steel is an excellent choice. These roofs are light and strong and won't put pressure on your home's structural elements in the way that heavy tiles can. Regardless of your home's architectural style, you'll be able to construct a roof in a fitting profile and pattern. As well, metal is especially helpful in alpine and bushfire-prone areas.
If you're interested, reach out to a local new roof installation contractor.