28 Facts about Metal Roofing: All You Need To Know

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More and more homeowners are opting for metal roofs. If you are still unsure if metal roofing is the solution for your home, learn all about it in this comprehensive list of facts. Here´s all you need to know about metal roofing:

  1. Metal roofs can be made of diverse metals and alloys, being steel the most used in residential and commercial properties.
  1. Steel provides the cheapest solution in metal roofing without compromising quality.
  1. Aluminum is the second most chosen material and is more durable than steel, lasting longer than it, and its price is just a fraction of the price of the premium metals (e.g. copper or zinc).
  1. Copper roofs can last hundreds of years; they are the most durable option in metal roofing but also the most expensive ones.


  1. Some owners that can´t afford entire copper roofs select copper for accents on the roof or architectural details such as porches, low slope roof areas, bay windows or towers.
  1. The premium metal roofing materials are copper and zinc; they are also the most expensive ones.
  1. Steel metal roofs have to be coated with a galvanic coating to prevent corrosion.
  1. Some steel roofing systems come pre-coated by the manufacturer, so there´s no need for further coating.
  1. Aluminum, zinc and copper metal roofing do not need any protective coat.
  1. Typically, it is possible to install a metal roofing system over the existing old roof.
  1. Metal roofs should be installed by experienced specialists because an incorrect installation will result in leaks.
  1. A metal roof can be installed any time of the year, unlike other roofing materials that cannot be installed in winter.
  1. Installing metal shingles is faster and cheaper than installing standing seam.
  1. Standing seam should not be placed over asphalt shingles.
  1. Standing seam metal roofs can be manufactured in the factory or on-site.

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  1. Metal roofing installation costs more than other systems due to the training, tools, and equipment it requires.
  1. Installation costs vary greatly depending on the type of material installed and on the complexity of the roof.
  1. Metal roofs come basically in two styles: interlocking shingles and vertical panels.
  1. Many metal shingles imitate the look of other materials or roofing systems such as cedar shake, clay tile, and even asphalt shingles.
  1. There are over 100 colors to choose from, including standard, premium and customized ones.
  1. Vertical panels or standing seam is the most popular style among homeowners, and many owners ignore the existence of metal shingles and erroneously believe that standing seam is the only option.
  1. When it comes to performance, metal shingles and standing seam metal roofing systems show no difference.
  1. Metal roofs are exceptionally long-lasting.
  1. Most metal roofing manufacturers offer a 30-50 years guarantee while the installers usually offer their own installation guarantee.
  1. Metal roofs are an excellent protection against harsh weather, including heat, strong winds, ice, ice dams, and snow.
  1. Metal roofs are non-combustible, they will never catch fire.
  1. Metals cannot be affected by termite or rodent.
  1. Finally, a metal roofing system is an excellent insulator that will help homeowners to save a lot of money on electricity bills from heating and air conditioning consumption.