Metal Roofs

The benefits of metal

Residential metal roofing is one of the fastest growing segments of home improvement – more than quadrupling its market share over the past decade. The benefits offered by today’s metal roofs allow homeowners to upgrade their homes with products of lasting value.

Beautiful style, fire resistance, energy efficiency, and a proven performance expectation of 40+ years.

 While other roofs quickly diminish in value as they age, metal roofs provide the following lasting benefits:

  • Proven performance expectation of 40+ years
  • Beautiful styles to match any home or neighborhood
  • Interlocking panels for maximum wind resistance
  • Fire resistance
  • Energy efficiency by keeping homes cooler
  • Low weight to help preserve structural integrity and life

Farmhouse lover- Go Metal

If you love the sound of rain hitting a tin roof, then a metal roof system would be the perfect choice for you! "Today's metal roofs come in a variety of styles and colors and can look like wood, clay tile, slate and even asphalt shingles. If you are a homeowner considering installing a new metal roof on your house, then undoubtedly, one of the burning questions on your mind is how much will it cost?  The average costs more than other roof types-$16,000 on average, according to the Metal Roof Alliance- but a metal roof also offers a greater return on investment."

  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Copper-Zinc

One of the main reasons for the high cost of residential metal roofing is the high cost of labor required for professional installation. That's right, installing a metal roof a is technically involved process requiring special skills, training, experience and equipment. Unlike conventional asphalt shingle roofing, the installation of a metal roof must be carried out in a very accurately-measured and precise manner.  To ensure the longevity of a new metal roof, the entire installation process must be carried out with proper technical know-how, precision, are and patience.

Standing-Seam Metal Roofing

The most familiar patterns of panel-style metal roofing are standing-seam roofing and batten roofing. These have raised ribs that run vertically along the panels every 6, 9 or 12 inches. The panels are applied vertically on a roof.

These types of roof don’t attempt to look like anything other than what they are: metal roofing.

The two main systems are named after the method of joining panels together. Here we discuss them together under the term “standing-seam metal roofing,” but there are slight differences.

Standing seam roofing has self-sealing, raised ribs along the panel edges that interlock to provide a tight seal to effectively seal-out and shed water.

The standing seam ribs are generally about 3/4- to 1 1/2-inch high and 1/2- to 3/4-inch wide. Various locking systems are sold, each varying in appearance, ease of use, effectiveness in sealing, and the ability to be used on special roofs (such as curved ones). Most manufacturers make several varieties.

Batten roofing employs a wider cover cap—typically about 2 1/2 inches wide. Special matching metal parts are made for ridges, hips, edges, and connections.

Standing seam and batten sheets are sold in many sizes. The most common sizes are 3 feet wide by 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16 feet long, but you can also get custom sizes. Because of the panels’ large sizes, they’re quicker to install than shingle systems and they work best on large, unbroken expanses.

This type of roofing’s decidedly commercial look is favored by architects for its honest, clean, contemporary appearance. It is commonly used on homes ranging from mountain cabins to modern masterpieces but would look very out-of-place on a Colonial home.

Metal roofing sheets begins as “flat stock” (flat metal panels) that roofing manufacturers or fabricators form into roofing panels and components. The biggest manufacturers also apply a very durable finish.

Some metal roofing installers fabricate flat stock into roofing materials on-site; of course, this requires the proper forming equipment. Problems with this method are wide variations in the quality of the work, limited possibilities for finishes, and usually very limited warranties (one year or less). With site-formed roofing, you also don’t have the reliability of a large manufacturer behind the product.

Manufactured sheet metal roofing is sold in large panels—normally 26-gauge coated steel that weighs about a pound per square foot. Other materials include painted aluminum, solid copper, zinc alloys, and terne-coated stainless steel.