Metal Roofing Styles

Metal Roofing Styles

by Marie King

Metal roofing types and finishes

Metal Roofing Types and Finishes

There are basically three metal roofing types:

  • Standing Seams are made up of vertical panels that are connected by concealed fasteners.
  • Corrugated Steel Panels also consist of vertical panels, but there fasteners are exposed because the fasteners are anchored through the roof deck or purlin.
  • Metal Shingles employ interconnected horizontal metal panels that when installed look like shingles. The finishes for metal roofs vary in color, textures, and materials. The choices are so overwhelming that it is important for you as the roofing contractor to narrow the field.

Standing Seams Metal Roofing

According to, “Where there’s metal roofing, and then there’s a particular type called standing seam metal roofing.

Houses in your neighborhood with metal roofs most likely are of the standing seam variety. Continuous panels run from the ridge of the roof all the way down to the eaves. Between the panels are seams connected by fasteners which are raised above the level of the metal roofing.”

Metal Roofing Corrugated Steel (Classic Rib)

Classic ribs comes in many styles, a number of finishes, a range of costs and variety of sizes.
The classic rib is made out of 29 gauge steel.Twenty nine is not a high gauge because the lower the number the higher the quality. Classic rib comes in many sizes and costs. 16ft classic rib metal roofing costs $43.98, For a 12ft classic rib,you have to shell out $35.90. While the cheapest of all because of its size is the 3ft classic rib $11.98.

The chief characteristic of classic rib metal roofing is that it’s durable. Warranties for this product range around 45 years. It holds up well in bad weather. However, It’s not pretty. Classic ribs are recommended for houses but they also are used on more utilitarian structures such as pole barns, equipment storage, stables, garages and sheds.

Metal Roofing Shingles

Metal roofing shingles are most noted for their aesthetic look. These shingles can mimic successfully a number of more expensive roofing systems. Metal shingles can morph themselves into wood shingles. It can also transform itself into a slate look-alike without the added weight. Metal shingles can be crafted to resemble tile.

Metal Roofing

Beside its beauty, according to Home Advisor, “ With such high prices, you might wonder why you should invest in metal roofing at all. The reason is its longevity. It can last fifty years or more with little maintenance. Asphalt roofing needs to be replaced two to four times in its lifetime which means additional replacement and maintenance costs.

Metal roofing is also energy-efficient, offering savings of up to 40% on energy costs. Reflective metal roofing cuts down on air conditioning costs and emissive metal roofs help cut down on greenhouse gases and hot temperatures. Altogether, this means money savings, energy efficiency and less pollution.”