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A Summary of Metal Roofing Materials


When it comes to using metal materials for roofing, there are so many to choose from it can be difficult to know which one is best for the job.

So JTC Roofing has taken a look at each of the main metal roofing materials in the industry to see what purposes they each serve and what their pros and cons are, so you can make an informed decision.



  • Highly receptive to today’s coatings.
  • Colours and coatings can last well on aluminium and require minimal maintenance.
  • Natural resistance to rust (anti-corrosive).
  • Lightweight and durable.
  • More expensive than steel but less expensive than copper.
  • Most energy efficient roofing material (naturally reflects light and gives off heat which can help keep your energy bills down).


lead colour

  • Traditional metal roofing material used on many types of building.
  • Popular choice amongst many.
  • Cost effective.
  • Versatility makes it ideal for both domestic and commercial properties.
  • One of the most durable metals – it can expand or contract depending on the temperature, therefore design must be thorough.
  • Flexible and can be moulded into various shapes.
  • Acts as a barrier against corrosions.
  • Sound and radiation resistant.


zinc colour

  • A long, maintenance-free life.
  • Styles range from traditional to modern
  • Natural material that has non-corrosive qualities installed correctly, so it never fades.
  • Able to resist corrosion by producing its own protective patina. This allows it to self-repair any scratches and blemishes.
  • Comes also in a range of pre-weathered finishes.

Terne Coated Stainless Steel

steel colour

  • A formulated alloy made of zinc and tin.
  • Resilient and affordable.
  • Gives a natural weathered appearance.
  • A light material than helps support building structures.
  • More difficult to remove once it has been fitted.
  •  Used to increase resistance to corrosion.
  • Terne must be pained and if maintained well it can be a very long lasting material.


copper colour

  • Flexible and soft (so may encounter more scratches and dents than other materials).
  • Lightweight so puts less stress on the building.
  • Ideal if you live in a location that is subject to heavy snowfalls.
  • The colour of copper changes overtime – can develop a green hue to it.
  • Doesn’t need to be painted.
  • Can be more expensive than other metal roofing materials.
  • Ideal for commercial roofing due to its high value, long life and low maintenance. But is also used on ecclesiastical and domestic buildings.

Stainless Steel

steel 1 colour

  • One of the most popular types of roofing material.
  • A high strength material that is less expensive and lasts longer.
  • It can show signs of migrant rust but the grades we use will not ‘hole’ through this action.
  • Available in different colours and designs.
  • Good for domestic, church and commercial use.

Whichever metal roofing material you decide to use, make sure you buy it through an experienced and trustworthy supplier. This will help ensure you get a high quality, value for money product that you can rely on.

For further information about choosing metal roofing materials, give one of our professionals a call at JTC Roofing today. As specialists in metal roofing we will be more than happy to advise and help you.


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