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If you're like many homeowners, you're unsure what kind of metal roofing will work best for your home. In addition to there being a whole host of stylistic patterns and colors to choose from, you can also tailor your selection down to critical details like what type of metal you install. Fortunately, this handy guide points out some of the pros and cons of different metals so that you don't have to get a mechanical engineering degree just to understand your new home improvement.

The majority of metal roofing incorporates some form of steel. Mount Pleasant roofing has to stand up to moisture from seasonal storms, but the region is also close enough to the ocean that the local humidity has a relatively high salt content. Steel is very effective in these kinds of environments because it doesn't undergo the same degree of chemical corrosion that many other metals would. Furthermore, steel is strong enough to resist the physical erosion typically caused by sea breezes.

Many steel roofs are galvanized, or coated with zinc. This thin layer of electrically deposited metal forms a strong top coating that increases corrosion resistance by filling in microscopic gaps and irregularities. Galvanized steel may also include an epoxy primer that helps an additional layer of baked acrylic color adhere better. Some colorized coatings also incorporate advanced fluorocarbons designed to increase durability.

Aluminum roofing is the second most common metal option.

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Although this element is even less susceptible to corrosion than steel, it requires regular painting and upkeep. Coatings can also be added to improve aluminum's durability.

Aluminum is softer, so scratches and dents are more common on these roofs. Because this metal isn't as easy to manufacture or as readily available as the iron and carbon used to make steel, material costs may be more expensive.

For a more traditional look, many people go with copper roofing. Although this metal is extremely soft, it can be installed without a top coat, and the greenish appearance it takes on as it weathers is prized by those who appreciate the classic aesthetic. Copper roofing is one of the most expensive options, but it has been used as a high-end roofing material for hundreds of years.

Most steel roofing is manufactured using a steel alloy. Steel itself is an alloy of iron and carbon, and adding additional materials can improve its strength and luster even more. You can even find stainless steel roofing for a permanent classy look; this roofing is pricey, and it only comes in a few colors, but it doesn't rust or corrode as it ages. Specialty alloys are generally among the most expensive options due to the effort that goes into their manufacture and their high-end characteristics.

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