For a relatively warm and sometimes high climate these are the recommended types of roofing materials
- Aluzinc-high percentage of aluminum and low percentage of zinc
- Aluminum-95% aluminum and 5% zinc
- Leasen-Good proportion of aluminum, tin and zinc
- Galvanized sheet-high percentage of zinc and low percentage of aluminum
Generally the figures vary depending on the production but just a glance through the percentage of each component can tell which of them has high value.
Most client put budget into perspective before quality.
Do you know Benz or Hyundai is considered the poor man’s car? Mainly because it takes less time, effort, and money to maintain because it hardly makes the user feel the need for spare parts. It takes a really long time to break down. You may not agree with me but that is the reality or the paradox of expensive but quality goods. Go for cheap materials or goods or services and spend extra energy, time or resources to replace or maintain. Or avoid the future hassles and go for a product that is durable in all standards. Durable to mean one needs to put aesthetics, reliability, and conformance into perspective. Well, since our theme is roofing, the highlight here is to carefully choose the right roofing material right from the word go. Otherwise you might end up coughing up money unexpectedly.
Be cautious about thickness: This is one way to choose a material if you are working within tight budget
In the metal roofing industry aluminum and galvanized sheets are the only types that come in wide range of thickness or gauge. The gauges range from 0.4 -0.8. But with residential buildings resting in less hazardous areas mostly with short hips or span, the thickness of the sheet does not matter. To reiterate the aforementioned point, provided the span is not very long, using a 0.4 or 0.5 thickness does not matter. It’s advisable to use a thicker gauge if the span is 13 metres long and beyond. Experts insist on higher gauge if the span is long so as to prevent bending especially during installation. Higher gauges mostly go for warehouses, churches and large industrial buildings.
Metal roofing is best for warm climates
If you are keen on aesthetic and myriad of colours, then better go for leasen material. More so, those who live in coastal areas must be critical about the type of roofing to go for. Aluminum and leasen types of roofing are the best choice for coastal areas. Because Aluminum roofing material has 95% aluminum component, it has strong resistance against salt and fog. Leasen also has high resistance against salt and fog but has a lifespan between 20-40 years. Meanwhile aluminum has a life span of 50 years however leasen is less expensive and also aesthetically superior. That is why aluminum is most preferred for warehouses and industrial structures. The leasen material is lightweight and cools down fast. The product boasts of many durable qualities.
Aluzinc and galvanized sheets comes in next. This is where one has to be circumspect with the company one deals with. Galvanized sheets do not last long due to the low level of aluminum content in it. The colour peels off hence easily rusts within a short period. If you don’t want to hassle time and resources in the shortest time galvanized sheet is the last choice.
Aluzinc: Higher Quality colour bonding.
Aluzinc comes in different colour bonding. It’s the quality bonding which determines how long it stays without rusting or fading. If you really desire to buy Aluzinc you need to really go through someone you trust or a company that is trustworthy. In some companies galvanized sheet is presented as Aluzinc that is why one needs to be extra cautious in selecting a company to deal with if purchasing Aluzinc. One trick is that galvanized materials comes in higher gauges and that is when those who always look out for thicker gauges easily fall for such tricks. The last point to note is that Aluzinc comes in gauges between 0.25-0.5mm