Galvalume Steel Roofing
At Metal Roofing Albuquerque, we’re ready and waiting to provide the Albuquerque, New Mexico community with first rate galvalume steel roofing services. While many people are probably familiar with galvanized steel, fewer are probably aware of galvalume steel. It has a range of properties that make it an excellent choice for your roofing surface material – a few of which we’ll run through below – and it’s an affordable and attractive option for a wide range of property types. If you’re considering a metal roofing installation for your home or commercial property, then you might want to think about galvalume as the way to go. Reach out to our customer service team if you think this might be the roofing material for you, or read on below if you’d like further information.
What is Galvalume Steel?
So, what exactly is galvalume steel? Similar to galvanized steel – but very much distinct from it – galvalume steel is a coating consisting of zinc, aluminum and silicon. This layer helps to reduce the effects of oxidation, and acts as a protective barrier that defends the base metal (the steel) below. While the processes for producing galvanized steel and galvalume steel are very similar, they’re not to be confused – and it should be noted that they do have different compositions.
One of the big concerns with any iron-based metal allow that is exposed to the elements is the possibility that it will rust as a result of oxidation – and it’s quite understandable that this is a major concern. A rusting roof will have seriously reduced structural integrity, and problems are sure to follow. Any kind of moisture or liquid exposure your galvalume roof experiences will be of little concern to you, certainly compared to any contact a regular steel roof would have with precipitation.
Galvalume steel is created through dipping the regular steel in a hot aluminum, zinc and silicon alloy substance, and depending on the exact specifications set out beforehand, the thickness of the coating can vary in a fairly substantial way. Different coating thicknesses offer different benefits, and of course, the prices will vary for each type of coating you go for as well. To adequately protect your roof for long term use, it’s usually wise to go with a fairly thick coating. With that said, the environmental factors present in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area shouldn’t put too much pressure on the galvalume steel in the way that more humid environments might do.
Reflectance and Heat Regulation
As with some of the other metal roofing options available through our team, galvalume steel roofing is excellent at dealing with heat being blasted at your property – something that we all experience on a regular basis in New Mexico. Galvalume steel reflects this heat away from the building, which gives the property a natural cooling effect. This makes your home more comfortable and pleasant to be in, and it also reduces the amount that you’ll need to spend on air conditioning (which obviously has environmental benefits too).