Metal Roofing: an Overview

Metal roofing is a popular choice for residential and commercial spaces, and within the last two decades has expanded to include multiple new styles and options. Each style affects its look and its price, and materials used contribute to the performance of the roof long-term. Installing a metal roof is that much more satisfying after homework has been done to choose the right style and material. A conversation with the contractor is where preliminary thoughts turn into a plan.


Metal roofs have been standard on buildings such as garages or agricultural settings. But, as styles and color options expanded, they became more frequently seen on buildings in which low-maintenance is essential, such as fire stations, schools, and even churches. Now, they are more attractive than ever, so it comes as no surprise to roofing contractors that metal roofs have caught the eye of homeowners.

The type of metal roof we install is called an R-panel roof. In fact, it’s the only metal roof we currently offer. The reason we offer this in a galvalume substrate is that it is a cost-savvy, quality option and it doesn’t rust. We currently provide thirteen different colors, each of which has a warranty of at least 25 years.                  


While there are benefits and drawbacks to metal roofs, one of the most frequently cited reasons for a metal roof other than beauty is economics. Not only can metal roofing have high reflective properties to ward off summer sun, but it also requires almost no maintenance and holds up well compared to other types of roofs. These roofs don’t rust, either, and the paint color is warrantied for 25 or more years.

Weather protection

Those who own a metal roof don’t have to check their roof for missing shingles after a haboob since there are no shingles to lose from a metal roof. A metal roof is typically rated against winds up to 140 miles per hour and can withstand rain and hail, as well. Lightning won’t strike it with any greater regularity than other kinds of roofs, although some homeowners will opt to have the roof grounded just as a precaution.  


Those with a composition roof will be delighted to learn that sometimes a metal roof can often be retrofitted right over the existing roof, offering savings in the cost of removing and disposing of the old roof. Retrofitting isn’t possible for a roof which has already been retrofitted once, but it may be an option. Talk to your roofing company.


Drawbacks of a metal roof

Not everyone has the option of being able to have a metal roof since some HOA’s are specific about roofing materials. A metal roof can be noisier than other types of roofs when it rains. After the first thirty years, the roof color can fade or chalk.

Because metal roofs are low-maintenance, gorgeous, long-lasting, and offer energy savings, they are a desirable option for homeowners who want to increase the value of their home and have a roof which will last for decades. If you’re considering installing a metal roof, give us a call!

Patterson Construction Company installs and repairs residential roofs of all kinds, skylights, roof ventilation, fascia and underlayment on Phoenix-area homes. Call for a free quote today!