Top 70 Metal Roofing Facts, FAQs & Pros and Cons – Consumer Guide 2014-2015

It’s Fall season again – time to enjoy the beautiful foliage colors, and time to get our homes ready for the upcoming Winter that is just around the corner!

Fall is also a good time to ask yourself some important questions about your home’s and your roof’s winter readiness; Is your home ready for the upcoming Winter? Will your roof hold up to all the heavy snow that will soon start falling and accumulating on your roof? Have you had any serious trouble with ice dams on your roof last winter? – All of these are good questions to ask yourself, while there is still time to repair or replace that aging roof to make sure that your home is adequately protected for the upcoming winter season.

I do not know about you, but if you ask me, I would tell you that a metal roof is a great way to protect your home if you happen to live in the region that receives a lot of snow fall. – Just ask any resident of Northern New Hampshire, Maine, or Vermont, and they will readily attest to this! ;)

With that being said, If you are still considering installing a new metal roof on your home or commercial property this Fall, here are the top 70, most essential metal roofing facts, with FAQs and pros and cons to consider in your buying and decision making process.

In order to help you navigate this long list, we broke it down into the following categories:

Materials Pros & Cons Residential metal roof
Cost of Materials
Cost of Installation
Colors & Styles
Weather Protection
Energy Efficiency
Environmental Impact
10 Bonus Facts

Materials Pros & Cons:

standing seam roof with metallic finish 1. Metal roofs can be made from a variety of metals and alloys including Galvanized steel (hot zinc galvanized G-90, or zinc and aluminum G-60 steel), Galvalume steel (A more expensive and longer lasting coating compared to G-90 steel.), stone-coated steel (G-90 galvanized steel), aluminum, copper, zinc, terne (zinc-tin alloy), and stainless steel.

2. The downside of galvanized steel is that it can corrode, eventually, especially when exposed to moist salt spray environment.

3. Steel is the most frequently used material in both residential and commercial applications, mainly due to its lower cost.

4. Aluminum is the second most popular material. It is more durable and longer lasting than steel, but only costs a fraction of the price of premium metals, such as copper or zinc.

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Metal Shingles Roof Pros and Cons

Tamko Metalworks - metal shingles roof on a ranch

Tamko Metalworks – metal shingles roof on a ranch

If you are a homeowner interested in installing a new metal roof on your home, but you don’t want it to end up looking like your home is some sort of a barn, then you should consider installing an architectural metal shingles roof that can provide the same superior performance as other premium types of residential metal roofing. A metal shingles roof offer a unique look of conventional roofing materials and systems including slate, cedar shingles, tiles, and more. Additionally, a metal shingles roof will often cost less then a comparable quality, architectural standing seam metal roof, while providing the same level of roof protection and longevity.

If you own a classic colonial type home or a brick house, then a metal shingles roof is definitely the way to go, especially if you want to preserve that authentic look, yet, have all the benefits of a metal roof.


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