Metal Roofing 101: Style for Everybody

February 19, 2018

Modern day metal roofs offer all of the style and beauty of traditional roofing materials only stronger and more durable. There’s certain to be a metal roof style to match your home and neighborhood. Here, we will break down and show examples of the four common styles of metal roofing: shingle/slate, tile, shake and vertical panels.

Metal Shingle/Slate

Metal shingles create the distinctive look of smooth, uniform slate tiles. For those who appreciate a classic refined appearance, these shingles provide outstanding performance and value for your home.

Metal Slate


Metal Tile

Standard tile roofs can be heavy, yet fragile and costly to maintain. Metal tile, however, has the graceful curves of classic tile, but the lightness and strength of stone-coated steel. Mark Gallant from Decra Roofing Systems weighs in on the metal tile style:

"Stone coated metal roofing is an ideal design choice when building owners seek the classic beauty, elegance and architectural detail of an old-world Italian tile. It’s an excellent alternative to clay and concrete tile in markets where freeze-thaw weathering is present."

– Mark Gallant, Decra Roofing Systems

Metal Tile


Metal Shake

Metal shake is the investment grade alternative to traditional wooden shake. You'll love the authentic look of wood, while gaining a variety of color choices with longer lasting, more durable metal.

Metal Shake


Vertical Panels

Featuring clean lines and an traditional style, vertical panels offer a modern twist to the traditional look of metal roofing. Sleek, practical and economical, pre-painted vertical panels are available in a wide range of color options. Ken Gieseke from McElroy Metal provides a testimonial on the vertical seam style:

"Vertical seam metal roofing offers that classic aesthetic appeal that will always remain in style and will complement most any type of home. A wide variety of colors and profiles will ensure homeowners find a metal roof that complements their style of home as well as blend with their neighborhood surroundings."

– Ken Gieseke, McElroy Metal

Vertical Panels

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Comparing Roof Types

Comparing Roof Types

See how metal roofs stack up against other roofing materials including asphalt, tile, slate and wooden shake.

Comparing Roof Types

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Comparing Roof Types

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