Posted by McElroy Metal ● October 30, 2018

Metal Roofs that Look Like Shingles

For many homeowners, the benefits of a metal roof need to be weighed against the aesthetic impact of the roof on the rest of the home. Metal roofs that look like shingles give homeowners an aesthetically pleasing option that includes all the benefits of a metal roof.

How Do Metal Shingles Compare to Vertical Leg Standing Seam Options? 

Metal Roofs that Look Like ShinglesStanding seam metal roofs feature interlocking seams that connect panels, giving the roof a distinct, and attractive, appearance. Metal shingles, on the other hand, give the appearance of shingles to the roof while retaining the benefits of a metal roofing system. Both systems offer the long-life and durability of a metal roof, but they offer homeowners options when it comes to the aesthetics of their roof.

In fact, some homeowners’ associations do not allow vertical seam panels because of aesthetics. In these cases, metal shingles allow the homeowner to retain the metal roof benefits while complying with HOA regulations because metal shingles have a more traditional look. Color is also a concern. Our Milan metal shingles are coated with Kynar 500 and come in a variety of colors and prints.metal roofs that look like shingles colors

A major difference between vertical seam panels and metal shingles is that metal shingles tend to be more expensive to install because there are higher labor costs associated with installing separate “shingles” versus installing a single panel that runs from ridge to eave.  

How Do Metal Shingles Compare to Asphalt or Shake Shingles?

Milan Metal Roof that Looks Like ShinglesThe real benefits of metal roofing shingles can be seen when compared to asphalt or shake shingles. First, and perhaps most importantly, metal shingles offer homeowners high performance with a service life that is decades long. 

Metal shingles also experience less blow off during high winds than traditional shingles despite being ¼ of the weight of asphalt shingles.

Metal shingles also make an excellent option for homeowners that are environmentally conscious because they are made from metal that is highly recyclable. They also offer Energy Star Rated reflective coatings that can help reduce cooling costs of the home and they may qualify for reductions in insurance rates.

Comparing Residential Roofing Options

For a quick reference, the Metal Roofing Alliance illustrates all of the similarities and differences between common residential roofing material types in this table where they compare various roof construction material across a number of categories like true cost, expected lifespan, maintenance, and more. Check it out!

What to Learn More?

Learn more about metal roofing for your home by visiting our Residential Metal Roofing overview. You may also be interested in downloading our Residential Metal Roofing Guide. If you have any questions, please contact us or locate a distributor or roofing contractor in your area.

Download the Residential Metal Roofing Guide

Learn everything you need to know about Residential Metal Roofing. Check out our metal roofing resources for inspiration and answers to your questions.

About McElroy Metal

Since 1963, McElroy Metal has served the construction industry with quality products and excellent customer service. The family-owned components manufacturer is headquartered in Bossier City, La., and has 13 manufacturing facilities across the United States. Quality, service and performance have been the cornerstone of McElroy Metal’s business philosophy and have contributed to the success of the company through the years. As a preferred service provider, these values will continue to be at the forefront of McElroy Metal’s model along with a strong focus on the customer.

Topics: Metal Roofing, Standing Seam Systems, Residential, Milan

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