Cheap Does Not Mean Worthless
Even if you run from cheap commodities because of your firm belief in the old saying, “You get what you pay for,” you’ll be missing out if you run from tin roofing. The reason why tin roofing is so inexpensive has nothing to do with its ability to provide shelter. Tin roofing is cheap because tin is one of the most abundant of all metals, and is therefore also cheap. Tin roofing will be available long, long after the last deposits of slate are carefully mined and shipped to their new homes, where they must be cut and installed as individual shingles.
None of that nonsense with tin roofing! You can, if your existing roof is in decent condition, install your tin roofing directly on top of it, saving yourself even more on cost of your new roof because your won’t have to pay to have the old one torn up and hauled away.
Tin roofing is up to handling almost all kinds of weather except for tornadoes, and unlike steel roofing, tin roofing will never rust or crumble from exposure to acid rain, salt air, or industrial pollution. Its overall resistance to any kind of pollutants makes tin roofing exceptionally popular in highly industrialized environments.
The Noise Factor
Tin roofing is also really resistant to the weather (except tornadoes, but no roofing can protect you from that). Tin roofing doesn’t rust or develop holes due to saltwater in the air, acid rain or pollution like other kinds of roofing may be prone to. Tin roofing is often popular near industrial areas because of its toughness.
That indifference to salt air and tropical deluges is the major reason why you’ll find tin roofing in the world’s wettest environments, like the Polynesian Islands, The coasts of South America, and the monsoon prone countries of Asia. The people living in those areas have simply learned to use sign language to communicate when the torrential rainstorms begin pounding on their tin roofing, and usually become oblivious to the noise at an early age.
But don’t let the fear of noise steer you away from tin roofing. Any professional roofer will be able to recommend the underlay which can stifle the sound of rain falling on your new tin roofing, and as an added bonus an underlay will provide extra insulation to your home!