Metal roofs offer many advantages: it’s durable, energy-efficient and lasts almost twice as long as typical asphalt shingles. However, some homeowners prefer a traditional look and deem metal roofs too contemporary. In this blog, roof replacement company Exterior Qualities Home Improvement shares a look at an option that offers the best of both worlds: metal shingle roofs.
What Are Metal Shingle Roofs?
Metal shingle roofs are, simply put, metal roofing that’s installed like traditional shingles and shakes. Sheet metal is an exceptionally versatile building material. This makes it possible for metal roofing manufacturers to produce metal shingles that mimic wood grain and other textures, as well as various profiles.
Installation is similar to standard asphalt shingles: once the roof deck is prepared with an underlayment, metal shingles are fastened from the roof edge, working upwards to the ridge. Components such as ridge vents and flashing are also made of metal. Since metal is much thinner than asphalt shingles, roof insulation may be installed between the underlayment and decking.
Advantages of Metal Shingles
Metal shingles are on par with standing seam roofs when it comes to performance. Metal roofs generally last up to 50 years with proper care and maintenance. They have superior puncture resistance and stand up well against impact damage that’s typically caused by airborne debris and hailstones. Despite their lighter weight, metal roofs have better wind resistance, and therefore would require less roof repair work, compared to most other roofing systems. The smooth outer surface also makes it more efficient at shedding rain and snow.
Like standing seam roofs, metal shingles work with just about any kind of coating. In addition to giving you the choice of virtually any color for your roof, you can also have reflective coatings installed on it. This feature can help reduce indoor cooling requirements during the summer season. And if wood shakes or shingles aren’t your style, other metal roofing profiles such as slate and tile are also available.
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