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Three Types Of Metal Roofing That Are Resistant To Hail Damage

by Howard Barnett

Hail damage isn't fun, and if you live in an area with a lot of severe weather, you may be wondering if there's anything you can do to reduce roof repair bills over the lifespan of your next roof. One great way to do this is to replace your asphalt shingle roof with a metal roof, which is a more durable and longer-lasting material. Here are three types of metal roofing material that you can choose between if you're looking for a hail-resistant option.

1. Aluminum

The least expensive of the three, aluminum is a step up from the old-fashioned "tin roofs" you used to see on barns. Unlike those old roofs, modern aluminum roofing systems can be quiet, durable, and colorful. Benefits of aluminum versus steel include better corrosion resistance and better heat and light reflection (great for a "cool roofing" system).

2. Steel

Steel roofing material is stronger than aluminum, which means that it's less likely to be soft enough to incur any hail damage at all. Both types are durable, long-lasting, and wind-resistant, but steel has a bit of an edge strength-wise. In addition, steel can be less expensive than aluminum, and you can get it with a galvanized surface to resist corrosion and damage. And no matter how old your metal roof gets, it will continue to be impact resistant, making it great for areas with giant hailstones. Even if your metal roof does get dented by a hailstone bigger than your fist, it's not going to cause a hole, and a metal roof won't experience deterioration from even smaller hailstones the way an asphalt shingle roof will.

3. Copper

Copper is perhaps the most elegant and majestic type of roof you can get, and it's also one of the most expensive. It pays off, though; copper roofs have been known to last literally hundreds of years when built right, so if you're planning to stay in the same house for the next few centuries, copper may be for you. It also can develop a wonderful patina that turns it naturally green, which is pretty high on the coolness factor. Of course, this color may or may not go with your house's current paint job, but houses can be repainted. (If you do repaint, be sure not to use a paint sprayer, because spattering your expensive metal roof can spoil its look and can be practically impossible to reverse.) Do keep in mind, though, that steel is still the toughest and most hail-resistant; copper is a slightly softer metal and may dent a bit more easily than steel.

These three types of roofing material are all great for protecting your house from extreme weather such as hail. Because of high wind resistance, metal roofing is often recommended for houses built in hurricane-prone areas as well; of course it won't save your house from a direct hit by a large hurricane, but it can increase the chances that you'll come home to an intact roof rather than water-damaged belongings after a hurricane evacuation. Check out companies like Rocky Mountain Roofers & Gutters to learn more.