Metal Roofing 101

A quality roof is one of the most important ways to protect your home from potential damage and costly repairs. For a durable, great looking roof that will pay for itself over time, no other roof material tops metal.

No matter what kind of roofing style, color or finish you are after, there’s a metal roof to match. Looking for the charm of traditional cedar shake, or the simplicity of asphalt shingle? Or perhaps you are after the bold and distinctive look of clay tile or natural slate. Modern day metal roofs offer all of the style and beauty of these traditional roofing materials only stronger and more durable. There’s certain to be a metal roof style to match your home and neighborhood.

  • Metal Roof Style - Shingle

    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 Roof Style - 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.

  • Metal Roof Style - 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 Roof Style - Vertical Panel

    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.

Residential metal roofing is available in a wide range of materials, coatings and paint options. The most commonly used materials are steel and aluminum however copper, stainless and other high-end materials are also available. Most metal roofing is made from a combination of recycled and new material and is infinitely recyclable. This makes metal the most environmentally sustainable roofing material available.

  • Metal Roof Material - Steel

    Steel is the most common metal roofing material thanks to its high strength, low weight and long-term durability. It’s also typically the most affordable. All steel roofing is treated with a metallic coating layer to help prevent rust.

  • Metal Roof Material - Aluminum

    Aluminum roofing is both lighter than steel and offers increased corrosion resistance. This key benefit of aluminum roofing makes it an ideal choice for homes built in marine and coastal environments.

  • Metal Roof Material - Copper and Zinc

    Known as Natural Metal, both copper and zinc offer exceptional beauty as well as high corrosion resistance. Natural metal roofing develops a protective layer or patina with age for a stunning and distinctive look ideal for urban districts or historic settings.

  • Coatings

  • Metal Roof Material - Metallic Coating

    All steel roofing has a protective metallic coating on both sides of the sheet to help protect against rust. The metallic coatings are available in various grades, however MRA recommends a minimum of G-90 (90 ounces of zinc per 100 sq. feet of paneling) for galvanized steel or a minimum of AZ50 for Galvalume steel. Both metallic coatings provide increased longevity and rust protection.

  • Metal Roof Material - Paint

    Most residential metal roofing has a protective paint coating applied to the outside of either the aluminum or metallic-coated steel. Numerous color choices are available including energy saving options.

Metal roofing is available in three basic system types based on construction and attachment method. Each type offers unique advantages and distinctive looks. When selecting a metal roof, your first step is considering the overall look that you’re after. Different types will provide different style options for you to select from. Then discuss your type selection and style preference with a qualified metal roof contractor to ensure you find the perfect metal roof for your home.

  • Metal Roof Type - Vertical Seam

    There are different types of vertical seam panels. Thru-fastened are long-length panels that have ribs running from the eave to the ridge of the roof, fastened with screws with gaskets that penetrate into the roof decking substrate. Other vertical seam panels have concealed fasteners like clip fastened or nail hem, hiding any visibility of screws on the roof.

  • Metal Roof Type - Modular Press-Formed Panel Pre-Painted

    Pre-formed panels are painted interlocking panels with standard dimensions and shapes and are growing in popularity for residential applications an include nearly all styles featured here, including shingle, shake and vertical seam panels. The roof panels can be attached with hidden fasteners directly to the roof deck in most applications keeping a clean, beautiful look to a roof.

  • Metal Roof Type - Modular Press-Formed Granular Coated

    Granular coated panels are either thru-fastened or attached with hidden fasteners and coated with an acrylic coating with embedded stone granules on the surface. The panels may be installed over a batten/counter batten wood grid system or directly to the roof deck.


Benefits of Metal Roofing

There’s a reason metal roofs are gaining in popularity across the country. In fact, there are lots of reasons. Metal roofs offer energy savings, aesthetic appeal and protection for your home that can last a lifetime. They complement virtually any architectural style and are environmentally sustainable. Explore the many benefits that metal roofs have to offer.

Comparing Roof Types

Comparing Roof Types

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

Metal Roofing FAQs

Metal Roofing FAQs

Learn answers to the most frequently asked questions about metal roof selection, installation, maintenance and more.

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