New Metal Roof

new residential roof

If you're considering a new metal roof, congratulations! Today, there are more types than ever before, and the list is growing! Manufacturers, such as Flatiron Steel, Boral Roofing, and Decra offer a huge array of types and colors. A new metal roof today can resemble shingles, tile, or wood shake. Of course, sheets are also available. A metal roof also offers some advantages over other roofing materials.

Metal roof types

These are the four types of metal roofs available today:

  • shingle
  • shake
  • tile
  • sheets
a new metal wood shake shingles on a house
new metal wood shake shingles
metal tile barrel shingles
Metal tile barrel shingles. Courtesy Boral Roofing
a new metal roof on a new house
Standing Seam metal roof
a metal tile roofing shingle example
Metal tile roofing shingles. Courtesy Boral Roofing

The shingle, shake, and tile products today resemble those original products. The base layer is metal that's formed or shaped to look like actual asphalt shingles, wood shake, or clay tiles. Then an adhesive is applied, such as acrylic. Next, they're covered with stone granules.

Both Decra and Boral offer stone-coated roofing products that resemble tile, shingle, or shake. And, each of these is available in a few different colors. These types of metal roofing products are great if you like the look of shingles, tile, or wood shake, or if you need your roof to resemble these roofing products, yet want the durability and longevity of metal. Sometimes, homeowner associations require all roofs in the neighborhood to all look similar.

Sheet metal

Good ole' sheet metal is also available, and in a staggering array of colors. Flatiron Steel offers roofing products in dozens of colors, even color patterns. A sheet metal roof fits right in here in Colorado, giving your home that great Western look. One can also give your home or commercial building a modern industrial look.

Reasons to consider a new metal roof

The idea behind creating stone-coated metal products was to create a more durable roofing product than, say, wood shake, that resembles the original roofing product, yet lasts a lot longer. And, success! In many ways, stone-coated roofing products of today outperform their original counterpart.

Environmentally friendly

Metal is naturally a more durable product than asphalt shingles. Therefore, it is more environmentally-friendly. Most metal roofing is recyclable. In Fort Collins alone, there's Colorado Iron and Metal that recycles most metal roofing material. In Denver and Aurora, there's Atlas Metal & Iron. In Greeley, there's Andersen's Sales and Salvage. Search your local area for a metal recycling center near you.

Lighter than shingles

A bundle of your average 3-tab roofing shingles weigh between 60 and 80 pounds. Architectural/designer shingles weigh even more. A bundle of shingles covers an area that's about 5' x 5'. Stone-coated steel roofing shingles, such as from Decra are about the same size as asphalt roofing shingles, therefore cover the same area, yet only weigh around 50 pounds to cover that same 5' x 5' area.

Costs less, long-term

Although a new metal roof will cost you more initially, they often cost less over the long run, than, for example, shingles. That is because they often last longer. You might replace your low-cost 3-tab shingles two or three times before you replace your metal roof. This is because metal is simply stronger than shingles.

Also, a new metal roof lasts longer than asphalt shingles and wood shake. Most asphalt roofing shingles last about 20-30 years. A metal roof, on the other hand, often last 70 years or more. This is, again, because they are more durable than asphalt shingles.

More styles than shingles

Because asphalt shingles are flexible, they can't hold a shape like steel can. Shingles can't be formed to look like, for example, wood or tile. A roofing shingle will look like a roofing shingle. Metal, on the other hand, can be formed to look like something else, such as wood, or curved to look like barrel tiles. Therefore, metal roofing has more style options than shingles. Yet, a passerby won't be able to differentiate a stone-coated metal roof from a real clay tile roof.

Conclusion

Metal roofing is becoming more popular. As people's wood shake roofs are coming of age and needing to be replaced, they often choose a stone-coated metal roof. And, as folks learn about the advantages of a metal roof, they see the value and advantages of having one. If you're in need of a new roof, contact us when you're ready. We can go over your new roof options, provide a free roof inspection, and and a free estimate.