Metal Roofing Options for Houston Area Homeowners

The upfront cost of a metal roof may be higher than other types of roofing systems, but a metal roof can save you money over the course of many years. If you need a Spring TX roof replacement, you should consider that a metal roof has a far longer lifespan than asphalt. Asphalt roofs have to be replaced every 10 to 20 years, but a metal roof can last for an entire lifetime. It will also boost the resale value of your home when you decide to sell. Plus, in Texas, a metal roof can decrease your homeowner’s insurance by as much as 35 percent.

Types of Metal Roofs

Paramount Roofing, a Spring TX roofing company, offers several kinds of metal roofs in various materials. The most popular metal roof styles are available in zinc, steel, copper, terne metal or aluminum.

  • Prepainted modular press-formed panels are interlocking panels in standard shapes and dimensions. They have become very popular for residences. Hidden fasteners attach the panels directly to the roof decking. They have a unique locking system that resists wind uplift very well. They are painted to look like shingles, tiles, wood shakes or slate.
  • Vertical seam panels are long thru-fastened panels with ribs that run from the ridge of the roof to the eave. They are attached directly to the roof substrate with gasketed screws and are often used in mountain homes and cabins.
  • Residential standing seam panels have an attachment flange covered by the adjacent panel. Because the attachment point is hidden by the neighboring panel, they have a neat appearance and guard well against weather. When dealing with standing seam panels over 20 feet long, a Spring TX roofing contractor attaches hidden moveable clips to the roof deck and the roof panel’s seam. This allows it to move with the daily thermal expansion and contraction of the roof panel.
  • Granular coated modular press-formed panels come in standard dimensions, which can be thru-fastened or attached with hidden fasteners. They have an acrylic coating with embedded stone granules on the surface. The various shake, tile and shingle shapes are made from 26-gauge steel. They may be installed directly to the roof deck or over a batten or counter-batten wood grid system.
  • Zinc is the 24th most common metallic chemical element in the earth’s crust. It can be converted into usable materials with far less energy than steel, copper or aluminum. One nice thing about architectural zinc is that it is totally recyclable from scrap to its final days of service, and it is easy to remanufacture for further use. Zinc is naturally resistant to corrosion. It forms a protective layer of zinc hydroxyl-carbonate that prevents moisture and chemicals from attacking the zinc directly. Zinc is flexible, malleable and versatile. It is used on all sorts of new and renovated buildings, including residences and commercial campuses. Zinc is also great for gutters and downspouts since it is durable and the run-off does not harm the environment. Zinc accessories, such as finials, weather veins, post covers and/or dormers, are popular too, especially in European style homes.

All of these roofing systems are “water shedding.” They must have a roof slope of 3:12 or better. For every 12 inches of run from eave to ridge, the roof must rise-up at least 3 inches. Low-slope “water tight” metal roof systems can be used on flatter roofs. Numerous MRA manufacturers make them as well.

If you are thinking of having your roof replaced with a metal roof system, contact Paramount Roofing at 713-748-4000 for a free-no-obligation estimate by the owner of the company.