Steel Roofing | A Comprehensive Guide

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Steel Roofing | A Comprehensive Guide

Steel roofing, or metal roofing, is known for being reliable, durable, and efficient — so it’s no wonder that its popularity has skyrocketed over the last decade. The word is out: steel roofing is what’s up.

Types of steel roof materials

Steel roofs are primarily made from either aluminum or steel. Titanium, copper, and zinc can also be used as specially galvanized applications.

Steel roofing: a history

Steel panels are produced in steel mills in giant rolls, then sent to the steel plant to have a metallic coating applied to prevent rust and corrosion. This is the protective barrier that comes in two different types: galvanized (100% zinc) or galvalume and zincalume (aluminum and zinc). The paint is then baked on using high-speed paint lines, and then sent to the roofing manufacturer to be formed into shape for the intended design. Steel density runs in gauges typically between 24 and 26 gauge. The higher the gauge, the thinner the steel thickness becomes.


Steel roofing is the most common type that is chosen for many reasons. The first and obvious reason is because it’s long-lasting. Where conventional roofs may last 17 to 20 years, a steel roof will be the last roof you’ll install. It’s also light-weight. Conventional roofing panels can weigh as much as 9 pounds per square foot where steel weighs as little as 1.5 pounds. Its light weight eliminates the need for a reinforced structure to be built, which not only reduces labor, but also reduces the costs associated with installation. Steel is practical and compatible to be designed to any variety of style you choose. It can be designed to the traditional standing seam or imitate the look of slate, asphalt shingle, and wood shake. Steel roofs are low maintenance, fire resistant, and energy efficient.

roofingColor: more than just aesthetics

Although many people think of steel roofs with gray shades, there are actually many paint colors and finishes to choose from that range from metallics, whites, and grays, to reds, blues, tans, greens, and even black. “Cool” colors are the lighter colors that provide the most reflective benefits which in turn, ensures a cooler roof that can provide additional energy-saving benefits. Medium and darker paint colors have IR spectrum pigments to enhance reflective benefits.

The end story

Although it may seem that a steel roof is significantly more expensive than conventional roofs, it actually pays for itself with the low maintenance and the long-lasting life expectancy. Despite common myths, it’s low-risk when it comes to weather and lightening, solid sheathing reduces noise from hail and rain, and it can withstand abuse from extreme weather. The bottom line: steel is the way to go if you’re considering a new roof. – Modernize

Interested in new roofing? Contact Medina Exteriors today, (330)591-4040



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