Galvanized Steel Roofing
New Braunfels Galvanized Roofing
Galvanized steel roofing panels are a favorite among homeowners. With a coating of zinc oxide, the steel is protected from environmental conditions that would cause rust. The panels often come with an additional resin coating that resists even fingerprints. This ensures that the smooth finish won’t be damaged by delivery or installation and keeps the roofing looking fine.
Reasons why New Braunfels TX homeowners are choosing Galvanized Steel as their roofing material:
- Premier metal roofing choice
- Longest lasting of any roofing material, longevity is 100+ years
- Highly resistant to corrosion
- Withstands Strong Hail and High Winds
- Withstands Torrential Rains
- Fire Resistant
- Prestigious and attractive appearance
- Instantly increases curb appeal
- Recyclable, sustainable and eco-friendly
- High Thermal conductivity, like aluminum, keeps a home warm in winter and cool in the summer.
- Light Weight, reducing the amount of stress being put on a home’s structure.
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What is Galvanized Steel?
Galvanized metal is something almost everyone is familiar with. Metal has been galvanized since the 17th century, but the practice didn’t become widespread until almost 200 years later.
Galvanizing metal is a process whereby a protective zinc coating is applied through a hot-dip process. It protects the underlying metal from being prone to corrosion.
Advantages of a Galvanized Roof
Galvanized roofs last decades. Roofing companies offer material warranties ranging up to 40 years on the systems because of the confidence they have in the material. By comparison, asphalt shingle roofs usually last around 20-25 years.
Savings on utilities
Galvanized metal roofing systems reflect the sun’s heat, keeping it from seeping into your attic and home. These systems often save owners 15-25% on cooling costs, or even up to 40%. New Braunfels residents know how important this savings is.
With the strong thunderstorms that can pass through New Braunfels, the wind resistance of this type of roof over some other roofing choices is a big plus. Although a tree falling through your roof will damage any type of roof, galvanized steel is resistant to damage from hail and falling tree branches. Because of this increased resistance to storm and fire damage, insurance companies appreciate these roofs, because homeowners are less likely to make a claim when a storm rolls through. In fact, if your roof qualifies your home for a Class 4 impact resistance rating you could get an insurance premium discount of up to 20%.
Good for the environment
Galvanized steel is definitely recyclable. Most metal roofing materials these days contain a sizable amount of recycled materials.
These roofs can be cleaned with just water. Homeowners won’t have problems with mold or termites, either. It’s unusual for moss to grow on a steel roof, but if a few spots show up they are easily removed and are very unlikely to grow back.
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What's the Cost?
Copper roofing tends to be one of the more costly options when looking at metal roofing. Metal roofing costs more upfront to purchase and install than traditional asphalt shingles, but it lasts a long time.
However, copper increases the value of your home and will last for a long time. One of the excellent benefits of copper roofing is that the copper itself never really loses its value. From 2009 to 2019, copper has nearly doubled in price, showing how well this metal appreciates.
Roofing prices always vary by location so you can contact us in the New Braunfels, Texas area for more information about copper roof installation/replacement and get a FREE Estimate.
Disadvantage of Galvanized Roofs
Even though the steel is treated to resist rust, the cut edges of the metal are sometimes prone to a little rust. If the protective coating of the roof should be scratched to the base steel, this could be an entryway for rusting also. This is where a little regular maintenance comes in, along with advice from the supplier or installation contractor on what to look for and what to do about rusty edges or scratches.
Installation usually doesn’t take long with a well=trained crew, but the fellow who thinks he can do the job himself may well find himself in over his head. Metal roofing can be slippery when walking on it, especially if the roof pitch is steep.
Metal roofs also require specialized tools and fasteners and are usually installed over a wooden grid to which the metal is attached. This grid also provides additional airflow and insulation. Some people are tempted to buy metal roofing kits, but these rarely include the grid. With the New Braunfels summers, skipping a step that will provide additional cooling and electricity savings doesn’t make much sense.
Galvanized steel roofing can be used in both commercial and residential buildings. However, they shouldn’t be installed near coastal areas where saltwater can cause the protective coating to deteriorate. Here in New Braunfels, we don’t have to worry about that, but we do have ranches.
Galvanized steel is not a good choice for buildings that house animals, such as chicken coops and cattle, goat or dog pens. The manure will produce ammonia gas over time, which acts on the zinc coating much the same as the saltwater. The manufacturer can be contacted with questions.
Galvanized steel roofs can be the choice for your home or building. Consult your New Braunfels roofing experts on what materials might be best for your particular application.