Metal Roofing Guide

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Before making a choice about your roofing, it is important to have the necessary information. At Lifetime Metal & Tile Roofing, we pride ourselves on being a source of valuable information about the industry for our clients. Review this metal roofing guide and then contact us with any questions you may have.

Metal roofing is commonly used in states including but not limited to Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, New York, Maine, Texas, and Vermont. Metal is the ideal choice for areas that go through extreme temperature fluctuations, intense direct sun, and storms that include hail or heavy snow.

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Advantages & Disadvantages Of Metal Roofing

Metal roofs can be constructed from options like:

  • Galvanized G-90 Steel
  • Galvalume Steel
  • Stone Coated Steel, Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Copper, and Zinc

Each type of metal has pros and cons, like galvanized steel that can corrode, primarily when used in areas along the coast with saltwater.

Aluminum is most commonly used today in South Florida because it’s more durable and long-lasting yet still less expensive than premium choices - it’s also the best option for coastal properties.

Copper provides the most significant amount of durability and longevity - think centuries, not just decades. Because of the higher cost, copper is commonly used for accents like porches or towers.

Installation Cost & Process

Metal roofing is best suited for structures with a minimum slope of 3:12 or greater. For some commercial or industrial applications, standing seams can be installed for slopes of 2:12 or lower.

A benefit of standing seam is the option and capability to manufacture it on-site, while metal shingles are produced in a factory and require shipping.

  • Installation can be more expensive than other roofing materials because metal requires specialized materials and knowledge, although the cost varies depending on the rooftop’s complexity.
  • Both Stamped interlocking metal shingles and stone-coated steel tiles are approximately $1050-1650 per square for materials and installation.
  • High-end standing seam roofing costs between $1,000-1,650 per square.
  • Zinc averages $1,200-1,700 per square.
  • Copper is approximately $1,500-2,500 per square for standing seam or shingles.

Remember that in situations where tear off and disposal of the previous system is necessary, expect an additional expense of around $100 per square.

Colors & Styles

The two main styles for metal roofing include vertical panels and interlocking shingles. The look of shingles can replicate other materials like:

  • Tile
  • Slate
  • Cedar Shake
  • Clay
  • Asphalt Shingles

The color catalog includes over 100 options, including standard, premium, and customized - much greater than asphalt shingles.

Standing seam/vertical shingles is the most popular with homeowners, partly because these consumers may not even be aware of the option for metal shingles.

Expected Lifespan

The two styles of metal roofing have the same longevity. One of the main benefits of metal roofing is that it’s considered a lifetime system which means you shouldn’t have to replace your roof again.

Aluminum or steel can last for 50-plus years, while zinc and copper can last over a century. On average, metal roofing lasts up to 3 times longer than a traditional asphalt roofing system.

The manufacturer’s warranty for metal roofing is usually 30-50 years, in addition to any additional warranty provided by the installation company.

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Protection Against Weather And The Elements

For superior protection against inclement weather, metal roofs are unparalleled.

Metal is also preferable because it’s fire-retardant material and non-combustible. It’s wind-resistant and may have a rating of 110-160 mph.

The durability factor and resistance to high winds, etc. are why metal roofing is recommended by FEMA, especially for areas prone to natural disasters like hurricanes, etc.

Durability & Maintenance

Metal roofing systems are renowned for their durability, including factors such as:

  • Won’t split, chip, rot, crack, warp, etc.
  • Unsusceptible to termite or rodent infestation
  • Impact-resistant including hail or falling objects

Metal roofs typically require little to no maintenance and can be cleaned with water. It may be painted to freshen the appearance, depending on the coating, but isn’t necessary. The exception is corrugated metal roofing which requires faster tightening every 10-15 years.

Energy Efficiency and Environmental Impact

If you’re looking for ways to make your household greener and more energy-efficient, metal roofing is a good choice. It can help you see a decrease in your annual cooling bill as great as 25 to 40%. The cooler surface reflects solar radiant heat, preventing it from being absorbed.

The darker tones and thicker gauges of copper and zinc cause them to be the least energy efficient of the metals. Compared to asphalt shingles, both are still greener and cooler.

The manufacturing process for metal roofing uses the fewest number of resources, doesn’t contain petroleum by-products, and is 100% recyclable, making it the only genuinely green roofing material on the market.

A new metal roof can contain up to 60% of recycled metal and, due to its ability to be recycled, won’t end up in landfills at the end of its life cycle. Metal can be recycled an infinite amount of times without concern for metal degradation in the process.

Return on Investment (ROI) Costs Recouped at Resale

Metal is the roofing material with the greatest ROI (return on investment). The national average on cost recouped at resale is over 85%, and can be as high as 95% on the East Coast. Bear in mind, these numbers are only true for properties that benefit from the aesthetics and that are cost-efficient.

Metal roofing already installed on an existing home can be a significant selling point for potential buyers. Home shoppers appreciate the curb appeal and realize they won’t have to re-roof during their time as a homeowner. If you’re selling your home, there’s a 6% resale value gain with metal over asphalt shingles roofs.

Bonus Facts And Information

  • Contrary to popular misconception, metal roofing doesn't increase your home's chances of being struck by lightning. However, if this occurs, metal safely dissipates the electric charge even when not grounded; it acts like a Faraday Cage sending the charge over a greater area. It’s more effective than a lightning rod which is only useful if a strike directly hits the rod.
  • Modern metals like aluminum have a class “A” or UL Class 4 fire retardant ratings, which means you’re at a lower risk in the event of a forest fire which can lower your insurance premiums, even in a fire-prone location. In fact, you may see insurance discounts as great as 30%.
  • Standing seam metal roofing is the perfect setup for homeowners who’d like to install PV solar panels, and can be easily combined with either “Peel and Stick” thin-film photovoltaic solar laminates, or traditional and powerful crystalline PV solar panels. Metal is the right choice for homeowners who wish to go off the grid.


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