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What Type of Metal Roof is Right for Your Home?

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 by Paul Kazlov


What Type of Metal Roof is Right for Your Home

While you may be completely sold on turning to metal in your next roofing project, your roofing shopping process is only about to begin. Once you’ve singled out metal roofs as the ultimate choice for their strength and efficiency, your next challenge is to find the right type of metal roof for your home. Like asphalt shingles, shakes, and other roofing materials, contemporary metal roofs are available in a myriad of styles. What you pick and choose can dramatically affect the appeal of your home, giving it a formal, sophisticated look or an elegant, classy flair that can attract many passersby.

Consider a Standing Seam Metal Roof

This particular metal roof style features a graceful set of vertical panels that runs seamlessly across your roof. Unlike corrugated metal roofs, standing seam metal roofs artfully interlock their panels to the eave while effectively hiding the screws from skeptical eyes. They are perfect for all roof pitches and can efficiently redirect water, snow, and heavy rain without a hitch. If you are concerned about materials, roofs made of galvalume steel are timeless for delivering extraordinary longevity and durability. Lightweight aluminum standing seam metal roofs are also a great option for their exceptional resistance against rust and corrosion. They are especially ideal for coastal homes. Just give them some coating or painting to integrate a touch of your personality.  

Metal Tile Roof

Tile roofs are popularly found on Spanish Colonial and Mission-style buildings. Loved for creating an alternative pattern and wavy effect across your roof, the traditional tile roofs come with a pricy tag. Tile roofs are costly and heavy, suggests Home Advisor. They do not accommodate low-pitch roofs and will break if you try to take a stroll on them. Not so with metal tile roofs that have been innovatively engineered to weigh only about 1.25 lbs/sq. ft. (compared to heavy clay tiles’ 9 – 15 lbs/sq. ft.). Unlike your traditional tile roof, metal tile roofs do not break or crack. They can be made into various tile shapes and stone-coated to emulate any texture or color of your favorite tile roof.

Metal Slate Roof

The color mixture of green, gray, black, and even purple makes slate roof a natural beauty no matter where it goes. While slate roof adds a distinctive beauty and dimension to your roofing design, they also have a fragile side too. As Roofing Calc explains, “Once a tile is broken, replacing it is a complicated task. Slate runs by lots and each lot is different, which makes it nearly impossible to find replacement tiles that are a perfect match.” Metal slate roofs eliminate the heavy weight and vulnerability of slate roofs by integrating the strength of metal into the design. Available to be coated to recreate that one-of-the-kind slate touch, your metal slate roofs can also cut you some energy break by lowering your roof surface temperature by as much as 100 degrees.
The versatility of metal roofing has made it possible for homeowners to have their dream roof without any of the traditional weaknesses. Whether you like slate, shake, or shingle, there’s a metal roof specifically engineered to meet your aesthetic appetite. Simply name your favorite roofing style and you’ll be surprised to find a metal roof innovation that fits your expectations perfectly.

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