New Metal Roof

If you're considering a new metal roof, congratulations! Today, there are more types than ever before, and the list is growing! Manufacturers of metal roofing products, including us, Westlake Royal 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, classic sheets are also available. A metal roof also offers some advantages over other roofing materials. For example, sheet metal roofing is considered the coolest roofing material, which helps to lower your Summer cooling bill. Whatever material you choose, Bob Behrends will make sure you get quality metal roofing installation in Colorado!

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Metal roof types

These are the two types of metal roofs available today: stone-coated metal shingles, and metal sheets, such as standing seam.

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

Stone-coated metal roof

Stone-coatest metal shingles can resemble traditional asphalt shingles, authentic wood shake, or old-world clay tile roofing 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. These granules come in a small variety of colors, for now.

Both Decra and Westlake Royal Roofing 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. If you're in such an association, contact them to get their approval before ordering with us.

Sheet metal

Good ole' sheet metal is also still available, and in a staggering array of colors. We, for example, manufacturer metal roofing panels in dozens of colors, even color patterns. A sheet metal roof fits right in, here in Colorado, giving your Colorado home that great Western look. Or, depending upon the style or profile of metal roof you choose, one can also give your home or commercial building a modern industrial look.

Sheet metal roofing can be split into two groups: exposed or concealed fasteners. (the fasteners are the screws that hold the sheet metal down 😉 ) Then there are a variety of profiles to choose from Tuf Rib, classic corrugated, flush wall, and more. As of today, all of our metal roofing sheets are standing seam. Regardless of which option you choose, all offer great fire, wind, and hail resistance, and all of our metal roofing installations in Colorado are backed by the manufacturer's warranty and our 5-year workmanship guarantee.

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, 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. If you're getting a metal roof replaced, search your local area for a metal recycling center near you, then call Bob Behrends for professional metal roofing installation in Colorado.

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. When you're ready to contact a metal roofing contractor in Colorado, Bob Behrends is here for you.

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. An asphalt roofing shingle will look like an asphalt roofing shingle. Metal, on the other hand, can be formed to look like something else, such as wood shake, or curved to look like barrel tiles. We feel Westlake Royal Roofing's Pine-Crest Shake metal shingles more closely resembles real wood shake than any asphalt shingle. Therefore, metal roofing has more style options than shingles. Yet, a passerby won't be able to differentiate a stone-coated metal roof from, for example, a real clay tile roof.

Reasons to not choose a metal roof

The rigidity of a metal roof can be a disadvantage, however. They are prone to dents, for example, from large hail stones. This is purely cosmetic. Also, some folks question the increased noise of a metal roof from rain and hail compared to asphalt shingles. However, with adequate insulation, this isn't an issue. And, as mentioned above, they cost more initially than asphalt shingles. The initial cost of purchasing and installing stone-coated metal shingles or standing seam panels can be two or three times as much as asphalt shingles, depending upon the exact roofing product. However, given that a metal roof often lasts longer than an asphalt shingle roof, they often cost less over the long run. If you're considering a new metal roof, contact us for a free estimate and/or inspection.


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. Those with old asphalt shingle roofs that don't mind spending more initially, also often opt for metal, be it metal shingles or standing seam. And, as folks learn about the advantages of a metal roof, they see the value and advantages of having one.

Also, as folks learn about the energy efficiency of metal roofing panels, such as standing seam, we're seeing a jump in sales with these. For those with a steep sloped roof, metal roofing is a superior product - it lasts longer, is often less expensive, is recyclable, and is the coolest roofing material for us Coloradoans 🙂

If you're in need of a new roof, whether it's a reroof or roofing for new construction, contact us when you're ready. We can go over your new roof options, provide a free roof inspection, and a free estimate. Others may try, but nobody does better metal roofing installations in Colorado than Bob Behrends! We manufacturer our own metal roofing panels in house. This enables us to cut your new metal sheets to the inch for a precise fit. Most other roofing companies order their metal sheets from a manufacturer, which amounts to more waste and more overlaps.