Tin roofs have been a popular home roofing choice for centuries– and their timeless appeal is still attracting homeowners today!
While tin roofs offer a variety of advantages, it’s always helpful to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible before making a decision regarding something as important as the roof on your home.
Are tin roofs still made?
Roofing solutions made purely from tin are uncommon these days, since tin is a fairly soft metal. Now, the term “tin roof” might be used to refer to a variety of metal roofing materials, including aluminum and steel. We’re using “tin” colloquially here– that is, the way it’s commonly used, in reference to steel or aluminum roofing materials.
What are some of the benefits of a tin roof?
Tin roofs are able to withstand harsh weather conditions like heavy rain, wind, and hail. They’re also resistant to corrosion and rust, which means that a tin roof can be a long-lasting and durable roofing solution for your home.
Tin roofs are great at reflecting heat away from your home, which can help keep it cooler during the summer months. In general, metal roofs are good for insulation– which can have a major impact on your energy bills year-round.
Once installed, tin roofs (like virtually all metal roofs) require minimal maintenance. They’re much less prone to cracking or damage than other roofing materials, and are much less likely to be affected by severe weather. Ultimately, this durability will save you plenty of time and money on repairs over the years!
Metal materials used for roofing are lightweight, especially compared to the weight of a traditional asphalt shingle roof, or a ceramic tile roof. This lighter weight puts less stress on the underlying structure of your home– which is beneficial for the structural integrity of your home over time!
One of the best things about metal roofs in general, including tin roofs, is their fire resistance. Metal is a non-combustible material, which makes tin roofs an excellent choice for fire-prone regions. In fact, some home insurance policies might give you a break on your premium if you invest in a tin roof!
What are some of the potential drawbacks of a tin roof?
Tin roofs can have a higher upfront cost than more traditional roofing solutions. However, their longevity, energy efficiency (read: lower bills!), and minimal maintenance can offset this investment over time.
Depending on the roof, and the level of insulation and quality of installation, tin roofs can be noisy during rain. However, with modern installation techniques, the noise level is similar to the sound of rain on an asphalt shingle roof– which is not disruptive, and can even be pleasant!
Some tin roofs– made of softer materials like aluminum– can be minorly damaged by falling branches, debris, or hail during storms. However, it’s relatively easy to repair dents in a tin roof. This can be done with spot patching or other simple repair techniques.
Over time, the color of a tin roof might fade due to exposure to UV rays. Some maintenance or repainting might be necessary over the years to maintain the roof’s appearance. However, there isn’t a single type of roofing material that doesn’t require some type of maintenance over the years!
Tin roofs are a solid investment
Although tin roofs have some drawbacks, their durability, longevity, and energy efficiency make them an excellent choice of roofing solution. If you’re ready to take the next step and learn more about a tin roof for your home, give us a call today!