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Types of Metal Roofing: Pros and Cons

Metal roofing systems, made from pieces or tiles of metal, are characterized by their high resistance, impermeability and longevity.

When choosing an ideal metal roof, ensure that the product design is appropriate to your property’s construction. Select the material that compliments current styles, neighborhoods and locations.

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Long Lasting and resistant to salt water corrosion.

Aluminum Metal roofing is largely recommended for properties in coastal climates since aluminum is salt corrosion resistant. The outer layer of aluminum reacts with oxygen in the environment to create a layer of aluminum oxide, which effectively seals the inner layers of the metal from future corrosion.

Aluminum roofs are often installed with a painted coating as it’s natural patina and are not typically thought of as aesthetically appealing. Aluminum roofing material’s strength-to-weight ratio is higher than steel, the factor of cost often results in panels that are too thin for their surroundings. In regions with high winds or strong environmental stresses, this can result in damage to the roofing material.

Properly identifying the environmental strains that an aluminum roof will face is crucial in choosing the right design.


Extremely long-lasting, very soft with low melting temperature.

Copper is an extremely long-lasting metal that in ideal environments, can last well over 200+ years. Copper roofs are 100% recyclable, making them wonderful green roof options.

Cooper metal creates the quietest metal roof since it’s extremely soft. The softer nature of Copper Roofing also means that in hail prone regions, it may be easily damaged. As a softer metal, hailstones easily dent the copper. With modern installation practices, all metal roofing now recommends proper substrates and insulation to minimize noise from rain or hail.


Three variations: galvanized, galvalume, and weathering steel (Corten).

Steel roofing is the most common material in commercial construction sites. Steel is the most recycled material and the least expensive. Steel’s primary advantage is it’s flexibility of use and cost.


Often referring to steel, used prior to World War II. No longer commonly applied.

Tin Roofing is an often-requested item by enthusiasts around the United States. Tin was introduced as a canning material, which was then adapted by rural DIYers who flattened out the material and used it as a shingle when other materials were not available. “Tin roofing” in modern times, normally refers to either a galvanized steel or aluminum material rather than actual tin roof sheets.


Extremely long-lasting, resistant to corrosion and lowest melting point.

Zinc is an astonishing metal that is able to use its patina to repair scratches over time and stay strong for over 100 years. The natural properties of Zinc make it a favorite for commercial projects due to its malleability and flexibility. While the chalking of Zinc over time is not considered appealing, it can be cleaned and controlled to an extent.

Zinc has a lower melting point than other roofing metals. This lower melting point means that Zinc processing for use as a building material requires less than a ¼ of the energy taken to process steel or copper. Zinc is 100% recyclable and available in most local markets, making it an extremely green material. The main downsides to Zinc are the chalking effects and the price. 

Zinc, like most bare metals, does patina into a blue/grey appearance if left unpainted. Along areas where water flows, this often leaves a chalk residue that many find unappealing. Zinc is a very soft metal and can be easily damaged by hail or high winds depending on the panel or shingle design.

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