4 Metal Roofing Materials You Should Know About

Metal roofing includes many alloy types. Do your homework before choosing a material. (MRA member Boral Steel)

More homeowners — particularly in hurricane-prone areas — are choosing metal roofing over asphalt shingles and other materials. That’s because metal roofing is durable, energy-efficient, and can withstand severe weather.

However, “metal roofing” is a general term for a variety of different alloy types, and each has its unique characteristics. If you’re considering a new metal roof for your home, it’s important to know the differences and make an informed decision.

Here are four popular metal roofing options, and what you should know about each of them.


Steel roof, seen overhead
Steel roofs come in many styles, including tiles, shakes and slate. (MRA member Decra)

1. Steel

Steel is one of the strongest metal roofing options available. Made from iron and other elements, it can weather hail and high winds, along with heavy snow and ice loads.

Steel roofing is available in many different colors and coatings, with popular options such as galvanized and Galvalume™. 

Galvanized steel’s outer layer of zinc protects the  inner layer of steel from corrosion. Galvalume™ uses a combination of aluminum and zinc to protect the steel. . 

Strength, style and energy efficiency

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