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4 Common Types of Metal Roofs

Types of Metal Roofing

Most homeowners today automatically associate residential roofs with asphalt shingles, despite the many benefits that different types of metal roofs bring to the table.

Metal roofing is a broad term that covers a wide variety of different colors, sizes, styles and materials. With so many types of metal roofs to choose from, let’s break down the benefits of each type. 

Different Types of Metal Roofs

Metal Roof

Standing Seam

Standing seam metal roofing is a popular choice due to its sleek appearance, life expectancy and weatherproof construction. While it is a more premium roofing option, standing seam metal roofing provides a long list of benefits that you can’t get with asphalt shingles or other natural roofing materials.

Standing seam metal roofs are also very customizable to match each homeowners specific preferences. 

metal roofing shake style


Roofing shakes, also known as wooden shingles, are a common roofing style that has been used on homes across the globe for centuries. Many are drawn to this style since it offers a more classic look compared to the modern aesthetic of a standing seam metal roof. 

Luckily, homeowners can now achieve the traditional look of wooden shakes with the added benefits of metal roofing thanks to shake-inspired metal roofing panels. Although this style of metal roofing isn’t as watertight as standing seam metal roofing, a properly and professionally installed metal shake roof can help protect your home for decades.

Metal roofing


Another popular roofing style, especially in warmer climates, is tile roofing. While tile roofing used to be composed solely of natural materials like clay or concrete, there are now metal roofing options inspired by the design of tile roofing that is far more durable and easier to maintain.

While any metal roofing option is going to be more expensive than traditional asphalt shingle roofing, tile-inspired metal roofing tends to be fairly cost-effective compared to some other types of metal roofs. 

Tile-inspired metal roofing is known for its resistance, even when put up against wind, fire, rain and hail. When looking at different types of metal roofs, keep in mind that tile-inspired metal roofing is one of the most economically friendly roofing options on the market.

Slate-inspired metal roof


Natural stone is a costly material, so traditional slate roofs often come at a high price point compared to other roofing materials. Additionally, slate tends to be very heavy, which can put a lot of stress on a roof and require reinforced rafters in order to extend the roof’s lifespan.

Slate-inspired metal roofing, however, allows homeowners to achieve the luxury appearance of natural slate roofing without the added weight and strain on your home’s structure.

Benefits of Metal Roofing

Longevity and durability are key benefits of installing a metal roof on your home, especially when compared to asphalt shingle roofing. Certain types of metal roofing for houses can last as many as 70 or 80 years. Plus, they’re incredibly resilient in the face of severe weather elements like wind, rain and snow.

Metal roofing is also safer than many traditional roofing options since metal is fire resistant. Different types of metal roofing for residential homes are also incredibly eco-friendly—constructed using recycled materials—so you don’t have to worry about contributing to the billions of pounds of roofing-related waste every year.

Ready to Make the Switch?

If you’re interested in learning more about which type of metal roof makes the most sense for your budget and home style, contact the pros at Long Roofing. Our metal roofs have earned a Class 4 distinction in impact resistance and a Class A fire rating, making them more durable than wood, slate and asphalt shingle roofs. 

Call 866-270-7058 or visit us online today to get a quote, schedule a free, in-home consultation or find answers to any of your roofing questions.

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