Metal roofs are favored for their fire-resistant qualities, longevity, and speed of installation (in most cases, they are installed by qualified metal roofing contractors. The material is also surprisingly lightweight and great at reflecting heat from the sun, a characteristic that helps homeowners save energy and may even qualify for tax credits.
If you think metal is far too commercial looking for your home, take a closer look below at the variety of products on the market. It’s true that architectural standing-seam roofing panels may have an overly commercial look for some home styles. But many metal roofing materials mimic the appearance of other materials, such as corrugated metal roofing. These may look right at home on your house.
The trick is finding the right product for the job. Next you can take a closer look at the variety of materials used for metal roofing, including their basic characteristics so you can make an informed buying decision.
Corrugated metal roofing is sold in sheets like standing-seam roofing but it performs very differently because of how the panels are connected together. Corrugated panels are typically just overlapped and screwed down to the structure. This may work for sheds, barns, porches, and the like, but is not good enough for shedding rain as roofing on a house. Cost for materials and labor starts at about $350 per square (100 square feet).
Who Installs a Metal Roof?
Residential roofing contractors are the tradespeople who install metal shingle systems, though many who install wood, tile, asphalt, and other more conventional products don’t install metal. Because metal roofing requires slightly different techniques, some manufacturers or distributors require that installers of their products be accredited by taking a few factory-taught classes before they can install their products.
Because a new roof is a major investment and something you’re likely to live with for a long time, it’s important to choose your roofing contractor carefully.
This holds true for all types of roofing contractors but is even more important with metal roofing contractors because application of a metal roof is a specialty that requires skills and tools that are quite different than those used for installing more-typical roofing products. Whereas a typical roofing contractor can install wood or asphalt shingles, it takes a specialist to install most types of metal roofing.
For sheet metal roofing systems, choose a contractor who has had at least three years of experience installing metal roofs.