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Contemporary Tin Roofing

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

While tin roofing has been around for hundreds of years, the specific materials and techniques used for installation are far different now than they were in the past. Most people tend to visualize old rusty barns when they think of tin roofs. This image does a great disservice to contemporary tin roofing because it fails to capture the many advantages that modern science and engineering has brought to this traditional material. If you're thinking of installing metal roofing but are unsure of whether tin is the right material, it will do you a great service to educate yourself on the benefits of contemporary tin roofing.

When people think of old tin roofs, they tend to focus on two specific problems - rust and noise. Fortunately, modern engineering has solved both of these problems. The first is easily dealt with by applying a little care and maintenance. Understanding where the rust originates from goes a long way towards stopping this malady from occurring in the first place. The problem of noise has been solved by changing the way that the tin roof is installed.

In order to understand how tin roofs rust, it's important to know what the material is in the first place. In actuality, tin roofing material is actually steel at its core. The material is referred to as tin because this metal is used as a coating to keep rust at bay. The tin coating can be thought of as a barrier to all forms of corrosion. If the layer of tin is removed, the steel underneath would rust quite easily. Most rust problems for tin roofing occur when the coating becomes worn away. This tends to happen over time as a result of everyday wear and tear. To counter this, a reapplication of the tin coating is necessary. This doesn't need to be done every season, only once every few years. Applying a tin coating may sound somewhat intimidating, especially for those who aren't used to doing home improvement themselves. Fortunately, the tin can be applied using special kinds of paint. The problem of rust can therefore be solved quite simply with a little vigilance.

The second problem commonly associated with old tin roofs is an unbearable noise which occurs on rainy nights. This problem is one that's quite easily solved by a proper installation job, and one reason why tin roofing should always be installed by professionals. There's no way to stop the pitter patter sound from happening when raindrops strike the metal material, but there is a way to block this nuisance from entering your home. During the installation of the roofing, the contractor will apply a sheathing layer underneath the tin roofing. In addition to acting as a sealant, this layer also blocks out the obnoxious noise by absorbing acoustic energy. So long as they are installed properly, tin roofs are no noisier than any others.

Contemporary tin roofing has many advantages and few disadvantages. It's safe, relatively light, strong, and will last a lifetime if taken care of properly. The few problems people have historically sighted regarding tin roofs have been taken care of by modern engineering. A tin roof is an excellent choice for either residential or commercial buildings.



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Nov 4, 2009 4:39pm
jcmayer777
I will need to replace my roofing next spring. I'm strongly considering tin roofing. In snow areas, like Wisconsin, they make more sense. The snow tends to slide off them the first time the sun comes out. With asphalt shingles, I have to use a roof rake every week or two.

Nice article.
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