A metal roof can bring with it many benefits and drawbacks that homeowners need to be prepared to live with for decades. That's why it is so important to carefully research any potential roofing system you plan on installing on your home. 

Want to get started with your due diligence right away? 

We've put together the basics of what to know about metal roofs for you.

Several Kinds of Metal Roofing Materials Available

Metal roofing is great for Western Oregon because it is hail-resistant, efficient, and long-lasting. But there's a surprising selection of metal roofing materials to choose from for your roof replacement. The type of system you choose will depend on your budget, the availability of that specific material, and the overall look you want for your home.

What are some of the metal roofing materials you can find on the market?

  • Steel Shingles: This is the most common metal roofing material. It's often coated with an aluminum and zinc alloy to prevent rusting and is commonly sold as “Galvalume Steel.”
  • Aluminum Shingles: Lightweight and rust-resistant aluminum shingles are a popular choice for their affordability.
  • Copper Shingles: An aged copper roof can bring a touch of class to any home, making it well worth the added investment.
  • Terne or Tin Shingles: This stainless steel- and tin-coated shingle is a throwback to an old style of tin metal roofing that's been around for a very long time.
  • Zinc Shingles: Another roof metal type that has been around for a long while are zinc shingles. They are often combined with a small amount of titanium to increase strength. 

Types of Metal Roof Styles

Metal roofing is malleable and can be formed into many shapes and designs for aesthetic and practical purposes. These days, many Eugene homes sport a variety of metal roof panels—they aren't just for farmhouses and industrial buildings anymore! Metal roof panels are also available with:

  • Exposed Fastening Systems
  • Concealed Fastening Systems

You can identify the type of fastening system that's been used by noticing how each metal roof panel is connected to the one next to it. This may be either with the visible screws and bolts of an exposed fastener system, or with a concealed fastening system—in which case you'll be able to see the upright seams as raised ridges that snap over one another.

Your metal roof may also be made to resemble another type of roof material, such as an asphalt or tile roof. The metal is formed into panels featuring a pattern of “shingles” on each. These panels are then layered onto the roof to create a cohesive appearance. Stone-coated steel roofs are often intended to look like asphalt roofs.

Metal Roofing is Resistant to Many Hazards

Metal roofing is growing in popularity because it boasts excellent longevity. Your roof installation will last for 50+ years, and some metal roofs can last over a century. 

The secret lies in metal's natural resilience against the elements, and the way that certain metals are combined to take advantage of their unique characteristics. For instance, steel can rust—unless it's been coated with aluminum alloys to stop it from rusting. So homeowners benefit from the increased strength of stainless steel and the rust resistance of aluminum, all in one innovative product.

Any metal roof will be resistant to many hazards local to Western Oregon:

  • UV Rays
  • Insects and Pests
  • Hail Impacts
  • Strong Winds
  • Fire and Heat

Grab a Precise Estimate for Metal Roofing in Eugene, OR

Are you ready to get started with a metal roof replacement in Eugene? Give Expert Roofing Services a call to set up a free roof inspection with a BBB A+ rated contractor.

We can assist you with other remodeling projects like:

  • Commercial Roof Replacement
  • Skylight Installation
  • Attic Insulation Installation
  • Gutter Replacement

We'll be happy to provide you with more information about metal roofing systems. Our roofing contractor can also create a free cost estimate for a new metal roof.