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When it comes time to install a new roof, metal is a popular choice. There are many metals that can be used for roofing materials, including stainless or galvanized steel, bare steel, copper, tin and aluminum. Lighter in weight than steel and less expensive than copper or tin, aluminum is a popular choice. Cottage Grove roofing contractors can help homeowners to understand whether an aluminum roof would be the right choice for their homes.

The malleability of aluminum makes it an ideal choice for complex roof shapes and intricate designs. If homeowners would like their roof to be ornate and visually appealing, aluminum is a great selection. The contractors can stamp or manipulate the metal to make the roof a one-of-a-kind creation.

Aluminum is naturally non-corrosive. It can be exposed to intense rains, ice or snow. Bird droppings and air pollution will not cause it to corrode. If the coating on an aluminum roof gets scratched or chipped, repairs can be made within a few days without risking the development of a hole due to rust.

Most contractors recommend that aluminum roofs be coated for aesthetic reasons as the natural color of raw aluminum is unappealing to many people. Commercial products such as Galvalume help to protect the metal from corrosion and unnecessary wear and tear from the weather.

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Another option is to paint the aluminum. Any exterior paint rated for use on metal can be used to coat the roof's surface. An epoxy primer can also be applied to aluminum panels. The epoxy will create a clear and slightly shiny finish to the roof. Homeowners can also select aluminum that already has a zinc finish. The zinc works on aluminum the same way that it does on steel and helps to extend the metal's lifespan and durability.

Aluminum is a sustainable material. The panels used in roofing systems are usually made of 70 percent or more recycled content. When an aluminum roof has reached the end of its lifespan, the panels can be recycled again, which keeps materials out of the landfill. Aluminum is also a popular choice for rain gutters and downspouts. If the roof is already made of aluminum, there will not be any galvanic interactions between the roof and gutter.

A typical roof made of aluminum lasts for 30 to 40 years, which is about twice as long as an asphalt shingle roof but only about half as long as a copper roof. Maintenance needs for aluminum roofs are minimal over the roof's lifespan.

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