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Posted by McElroy Metal ● Feb 22, 2022 8:00 AM

Residential Metal Roofing Guide

Metal roofing is an increasingly popular choice for homeowners.  For some homeowners, the decision stems from the unique look of metal roofing, while others appreciate the environmental and energy-related benefits.  And those reasons certainly ring true.  However, one of the most popular reasons homeowners turn to metal roofing is that they are simply tired of the constant churn of shingle replacement.  


Since shingles offer a 12-20 year replacement cycle and metal roofing routinely provides a 50-60 year service life, the idea of a once-and-done approach is appealing.  A metal roof is often the last roof a homeowner will ever install. 

Considering the longevity of your investment, selecting a metal roof is a big decision. Navigating pricing, roofing styles, substrates, paint systems, warranties, contractors, etc., can prove to be a time-consuming and frustrating search for accurate knowledge. 

The McElroy Metal Residential Metal Roofing Guide is an eBook developed to help homeowners better understand metal roofing and their options. This resource serves as a step-by-step guide to provide homeowners with knowledge and understanding of metal roofing so they can purchase and install a metal roof with confidence. 

Learn everything you need to know about Residential Metal Roofing.

The Residential Metal Roofing Guide takes a deep dive into everything you need to know before purchasing a metal roof for your home. In the eBook, we explore the following topics: 

Why Metal Roofing? 

If you’ve heard that metal roofing is a long-term solution for your home’s roof but want to gain a fuller understanding of exactly why that is, this introduction to metal roofing answers those questions. These intro pages provide information – backed by research – that explains the benefits of metal roofing, including recyclability, energy efficiency, and service life. 

Metal Roofing Myths

Although more frequently used in commercial construction, metal roofing has been around for hundreds of years. In some cases, homeowners have heard common myths about metal roofing that prevent switching to the superior product option. In this section of the Residential Metal Roofing Guide, we address nine of those common myths so you can move forward with a genuinely open mind. Have you heard that metal roofing is noisy when it rains? Or that metal roofing will attract lightning strikes? This ebook section gives you the real story on those topics (and many more!) backed by data. 


Many consumers spend the most time thinking about the color of their new metal roof.  While the color is certainly more visible, the composition of the actual metal itself is critical to how long you can expect your new roof to last. Consequently, substrates are one of the most critical items to consider when selecting your metal roof. The most popular steel substrates in the metal roofing industry are Galvanized and Galvalume. This section of the eBook explains and provides side-by-side photos to navigate the difference in these options so you can make the choice that best meets your performance expectations. 


The coating system, or paint, is a crucial element to create the desired aesthetic for your home, but the coating you select also impacts the overall performance of your new metal roof. The coating you choose protects the steel from harsh environmental conditions like ultraviolet sun rays, acid rain, dirt, etc. Over time, these conditions can break down the coating and result in panel fade and chalk. The three popular coatings for metal panels are Polyester, Silicone-Modified Polyester (SMP), and Kynar 500® (PVDF), and each coating system offers different performance standards. Our eBook helps you understand the pros and cons of each. 


Roofing warranties can be confusing. It’s important to understand that products with extended warranties don’t always provide better performance. This eBook highlights the essential criteria to consider in any warranty comparison.

Panel Options

When first examining the options available for metal roofing panels, it can seem overwhelming. In reality, there are two basic types of systems: Exposed Fastener and Concealed Fastener. These options carry different costs because concealed fasteners are considered a step-up from exposed fasteners and take more time to manufacture and install. Each panel style also carries a variation in performance standards. This section of the guide will explain and illustrate the differences in each panel type and discuss the different style options so you can decide which best meets your budget and desired performance.  

Contractor Selection

Identifying a qualified contractor is a vital step in your residential metal roofing project. Ultimately, you want to select a contractor specializing in metal roofing rather than someone who occasionally installs metal roofing. The eBook provides homeowners with a list of questions to ask to ensure you select a knowledgeable contractor located in your area.  

The Residential Metal Roofing Guide helps you learn the ins and outs of metal roofing and make an informed decision about what is best for your home. Click here to access now!  

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About McElroy Metal

Since 1963, McElroy Metal has served the construction industry with quality products and excellent customer service. The employee-owned components manufacturer is headquartered in Bossier City, La., and has 14 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, Residential

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