What Are Metal Roofs Made Of?

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It’s important to understand what metal roofs are made of. Metal roofs of various persuasions are common on commercial buildings. As a commercial roofing contractor, Maguire Brothers are well-versed in dealing with all metal roof types and have outlined below some of the most common metal roofs we would expect to encounter in our projects throughout London and the South East.



Renowned for its versatility, steel is an ever-popular roofing material, ideal for use on a variety of commercial properties. Stainless, galvanised and corrugated steel add further choice, with each having their own respective properties. A range of surface coatings can be applied dependent on chosen finish and project requirements. Tile effect metal roofs are also available and remain a popular choice.


Lightweight and malleable, aluminium is a popular metal roof material, renowned for its corrosion-resistant qualities and longevity. Aluminium is the third most abundant resource on Earth and benefits from being 100% recyclable.


Durable, aesthetically pleasing and low maintenance, zinc roofs present an excellent option for metal roofs. Used for over two centuries, the beautiful natural appearance of zinc, paired with its malleable qualities, offer an excellent, versatile roof covering.


Visually pleasing with instant curb appeal, copper roofs are a centuries-old metal roofing material which is instantly recognisable. Durable, natural and low-maintenance, copper roofs are very much a premium option. Copper roofs are visible on many recognisable buildings across the world, as well as on many heritage buildings and churches throughout the UK.


Predominately used in listed and heritage buildings, although now often found on newly-built properties, lead is renowned for its beauty and longevity. Rolled lead sheets, of various codes, are used by skilled roofing contractors for a variety of applications, from flashings to entire roof coverings.

There are of course many more qualities to each of the metal roofs noted above and we would be pleased to discuss the benefits and potential drawbacks of each roof material for your commercial roofing project. 

This article, as with all other articles we produce, is for guidance purposes only. It does not constitute formal advice and should not be relied upon as such. For bespoke, unbiased advice relating to your commercial roofing project please contact us and we would be pleased to assist.

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