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Metal Roofing Questions – Standing Seams vs. Metal Shingles?

Feb 28, 2018

For a homeowner, a metal roof can provide an array of benefits. They’re more energy efficient and fire resistant than other common roof types, and they require little maintenance and care. Metal roof owners also enjoy more longevity and peace of mind knowing that their roof could last 50 years or more! Though you may be familiar with the benefits of metal roofing, you might not fully realize the wide variety of options available.

There are two different basic types of metal roofing materials. Standing seam metal roofs have long vertical seams that come in continuous lengths with hidden fasteners, while shingles come in a variety of styles and textures and can be made to look like traditional roofing materials like slate or wood. Which metal roofing style is right for you?

Standing Seam Metal Roofs

Standing seam metal roofing materials are slightly more common and are growing rapidly in popularity. It’s the most widely available form of metal roofing and there are many different kinds and varieties available. Standing seam roofing lends an industrial and contemporary air to homes and many people like the aesthetic. Some people, on the other hand, shy away from standing seam roofs if they don’t match the aesthetic of the neighborhood or architecture of the home itself.

Standing seam roofing is comparably priced to metal shingles, so choosing a style is a matter of personal preference. If you like the look of long metal panels, then standing seams might be the right choice for you.

Metal Shingles

The next style available is metal shingles. There are several different types of metal shingles, which can emulate the look of clay tiles, wooden shakes, slate shingles, and more. Homeowners often like the traditional aesthetic of these shingles and they marvel at their ability to mimic the look of other roofing materials. You may want to use metal shingles if you live in a home with traditional architecture or have to follow rules set by your homeowners’ association. People are often surprised to learn that metal shingles are comparable in price to standing seams, despite the extra complexity involved.

While there are many different types and styles of metal roofing materials, they all have the same basic benefits: they last longer, are more energy efficient, and require less maintenance than other roofing materials. Contact Erie Home to learn more and get pricing!

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