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Tin Roof and Aluminum Roofing- What You Should Know

Tin Roof and Aluminum Roofing- What You Should Know

Metal roofs are growing in popularity across the country, and with this widespread use come a lot of misconceptions and misinformation as well. Most people who think of metal roofs may also think they are synonymous with the old “tin roofs” used on less expensive buildings in the South years ago. Metal roofs have come a long way, however; familiarize yourself with what the terms and metal roofing materials mean so you can make a better decision for your home.

What Is a Tin Roof?

The term tin roof is a bit of a misnomer. Most people that think of it are probably thinking of the soft metal, corrugated roofs that can last up to 60 years, but which don’t offer a lot in looks or style. In fact, this type of roof is actually known as terneplate roof, and it may be made of any soft metal that is coated in tin and lead.

What Is Aluminum Roofing?

Aluminum is one of the newer materials used in roofing today. It’s often the preferred material used in standing seam metal roofs, and may be used in other roofing types as well.

Aluminum is preferred as a roofing material for several reasons:

  • It’s durable, resisting corrosion
  • It requires very little in the way of maintenance
  • It reflects heat very well, which can help keep your home cooler in hot climates

Why Get Tin Roofing

Tin roofing has been out of style for several years, but still has quite a few defenders. This type of roof is fairly inexpensive with the average price for a roof at about $5,700. It also lasts for an impressive 60 years, and can be installed on some fairly low pitch roofs that can’t handle other types of roofing.

The drawbacks are mostly in the looks and style of the material; the corrugated metal doesn’t have the same modern appearance that a standing seam roof does. It can also be difficult to find a roofing contractor that have worked with it before, due to the way that it has fallen out of popularity over the years.

Why Get Aluminum Roofing

Aluminum roofing is quickly gaining traction as one of the more popular materials in roofing. Many roofers that install standing seam roofs will recommend aluminum over other materials simply because it’s easy to work with, doesn’t corrode, and doesn’t require any maintenance. Homeowners like it because it doesn’t heat up under the sun like other roofing materials, which can lead to lower energy costs. Aluminum roofs last roughly 35 years before needing to be replaced, which is slightly longer than many types of asphalt roofs, although considerably less than tin roofing and some other types of metal roofs.

The drawbacks to this type of roofing are mainly in the expense. Aluminum prices fluctuate widely, which can put the material at a premium. The national average cost of an aluminum roof is around $12,000, so more than double the cost of a tin roof and many other roofing materials. And while aluminum is by far the most popular material for metal roofs, metal in general is still slow to catch on in many areas, which can make it difficult to find reputable roofing contractors who have worked with it before. Additionally, it cannot be installed on roofs that have a pitch of less than 4 in 12-inches the way that tin can.

Get to Know Your Roof

Both tin and aluminum make excellent materials for roofs. They are durable, low maintenance, and can cover a wide variety of different roof types. If you’re considering metal for your new roof, give both materials a second look as definite possibilities.


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