Most homeowners fancy a roof that serves their best interest and looks good above all else, and while there are many options out there, but are you currently considering the types of metal roofs.
Chances are you haven’t considered all the types of roofs because, typically, most homeowners are used to asphalt shingles. Metal roofs are not uniform or standard roofing systems. Instead, they are complex and come in different shapes and sizes to suit a multitude of needs.
Known for their durability and aesthetic value, metal roofing is becoming very popular and today, we will dive into the different types of metal roofs.
First, the Pros of Metal Roofing:
Metal roofing is worth considering because it is an alternative to traditional roofing materials like asphalt shingles. Offering superior durability and being known to deliver high-quality performance over a long period of time, metal roofing is most common with farm and modern-style homes.
The metal roofing industry has made many inroads in providing roofs with reliable types of metal roofing materials, including but not limited to aluminum, zinc, copper, galvanized steel, and more.
Pros of a metal roof include:
- Durability (40 to 60+ years)
- Wind resistance up to 140 mph (higher than shingles)
- Known to be more energy efficient & leakproof
- More fire retardant compared to other roofing materials
Common Types of Metal Roofs
Similar to how asphalt shingles have a variety of colors and styles (three-tab or architectural), there are also a variety of metal roofing materials/options. Below are the common types of metal roofs, starting with the super popular, standing seam metal roof!
1. Standing Seam Metal Roofing
A standing seam roof is one of the popular types of metal roofing because of its beautiful curb appeal, longevity, and weatherproof model and design that encapsulates all the benefits many homeowners need and want.
While asphalt shingles and other traditional roofing materials serve their purpose, standing seam metal roofing takes it a step further in cost-effectiveness and durability. Standing seam metal roofing is attached with concealed fastener panels. Due to the lack of presence of exposed fasteners, standing seam metal roofs require minimal maintenance. Standing seam roofs are a win for convenience with every metal roofing panel!
2. Corrugated Roofing
Corrugated metal roofing, also called sheet metal roofing, uses hot galvanized steel panels rolled into a corrugated pattern. The manufacturing process of galvanization helps add a protective layer of resistance and durability. It can also be adapted to steel, copper, and aluminum roofing.
Characterized by exposed fastener panels, they will be more of a degree of maintenance than their standing seam metal roof counterparts. However, exposed fastener metal roofing is the most economical among other metal roofing options.
Note: This option is generally not used for homes, but some people might use it for accent purposes, like over a garage or screened porch.
3. Metal Shingle Roofing
Metal shingles are made up of a metal material, usually of dissimilar metals (alloy) such as but not limited to zinc, aluminum, steel, copper, and so forth. While the interaction between other materials can be a disservice to a roof’s strength, they prove their worth for a metal shingle roof by providing wind resistance (and to other elements) and are fire-resistant and corrosion-resistant.
The metal roofing material that makes up metal roofs are commonly used for residential roofing as opposed to commercial buildings.
Our Take: Metal shingles are perhaps the nicest-looking roofing materials you can buy, but they are also the most expensive. When it comes to metal roofing, it is a toss-up between standing seam metal roofs or our next item – slate roofing.
4. Metal Slate Roofing
Metal slate roofing, typically made up of metal shakes, provides intricate designs and patterns on your roof deck for beautiful curbside appeal. Like metal shingles, they are fire-resistant and are durable against the elements. Although much more costly and require more expertise to install, this style of roofing certainly appeals to the superior aesthetic value of a home.
Cost of Metal Roofing
For starters, a metal roof is complex and, therefore, will demand of higher price tag for labor costs and installation. Priced per square foot of roof, metal roofing materials, and any design (standing seam systems mixed with shingles for example) all determine the price.
Outside variables like inflation and supply and demand based on your location can and often influence the price.
Costs for metal roof installation – materials and labor -are as follows (averages):
- Standing seam metal roof: $15+ per square foot or $15,000 to $30,000 (or more)
- Metal shingles: $16+ per square foot or $17,000 to $30,000
- Metal roofing panels: Corrugated metal roofing is the cheapest, about half the cost of the other two listed above.
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How can I get a metal roof system installed in my house?
Metal roofing systems in residential roofs or even commercial buildings are complex tasks requiring extensive expertise to get the job done. This can not be a do-it-yourself job because one minor misstep can set you back time, money, and peace of mind, and also due to the inherent risk of injury and death from elevation.
Choose local roofing contractors, as your problem may be better understood by roofing companies in your area like us, who can also provide a quote and additional guidance on the next steps.
What’s the Verdict?
Roofing comes in many different shapes and sizes but not are as versatile as metal roofs. While they are, on average pricier and require more professional expertise to install, their durability, strength, and diverse aesthetic appeal truly stand the test of time with proper care and maintenance. Remember that metal roofs are not a suitable option for all homes, as what may be needed can vary.
If you are considering a metal roof to be installed on your home or have any questions, you’d like to get answered. We have certified roofing contractors at your disposal. Just a call away!
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Which is more expensive, shingles or metal roofs?
Metal roofs are more expensive because metal is a more expensive product to produce than asphalt shingles. Metal roofing lasts longer and is more durable. It depends on how long you plan to stay at your home when you factor the costs of installing a metal roof or shingle roof.
Which is more durable, metal roofs or shingle roofs?
Metal roofs are more durable and come with stronger wind resistance ratings when compared to shingles. A shingle can rip off in severe storms. However, an entire section of metal will usually stay intact. The life expectancy of a standing seam metal roof is over 40 years on average.