Metal roofing has become a more popular option in the recent years because of their durability and it’s resistance to fire. The increase is using metal roofs on residential homes has occurred in areas with higher than normal fire risk. Metal roofs are often made up of coated steel or aluminum, however copper, zinc and stainless steel are also commonly used. The most common type of metal roof is called the standing seam roof made up of corrugated panels but also comes in styles that mimic wood shakes, clay tiles and slate roofs. Keep in mind that metal roofing are made from metals that can fluctuate in price enough that a price to replace a roof from one month to the next can change. If you want to use a metal roof on your home, pay attention to the material costs in the markets to know when the best time to buy is.
Metal roofing may have a higher cost than other roofing materials; however, your metal roofing will likely save you time and money in the long run. Compared to other roofing materials, metal roofing has a longer lifespan, requires only light annual maintenance, and reflects heat, making it more energy efficient. Depending on your plans for your home, this may make a metal roof a better long term investment.
Metal roofing comes in a number of styles, from the charm of wood shakes, the popular look of architectural shingles, the distinctive look of clay tile, to the traditional look of Standing Seam. Lets take a look at some of the styles. 1
Wood Shake / Shingle style provides the charm of wood shake roofing without the problems of ongoing maintenance and eventual tear-off and replacement. While a beautiful roof style on the outside, this style’s real beauty lies beneath the surface. Usually made from aluminum, their interlocking panels, and concealed fastening give it the strength to withstand the test of time through even the most severe weather. 2
Few roofs evoke such emotion as barrel tile roofs. A classic tile roof style, metal provides a distinctive look along with the proven benefits of metal roofing. The Tile Roof Style is available in a variety of colors, such as a Mediterranean or Traditional, and can be purchased in either a smooth or pebble embossed finish to match your preferred style. 3
The Slate Shingle style is a unique product that combines the proven design and integrity of a metal roof with the colors and texture of fine slate roofing. This style of metal roof offers a refined beauty and realistic coloring to match the more expensive and heavy slate roofing. This type of metal roof provides a stately beauty and a high-end, classic look for any home style. 4
For property owners who want a traditional metal roof style, this is the style you are looking for. The standing seam panels are sized for residential applications whereas many other standing seam systems feature larger panels more suitable for commercial buildings. This style can be found in a wide variety of colors. 5