What Are Metal Shakes And Shingles?

Jul 26, 2021Blog, Metal Roofing

Metal roofing systems are commonly found in the commercial roofing industry. They provide unmatched durability, energy efficiency, and a wide selection of styles that will satisfy your unique taste.

Homeowners have always been a little reluctant to install a metal roofing system on their homes. This is primarily due to homeowners noting the large silver panels found on commercial buildings.

We understand that these industrial panels can be quite unappealing, especially if your home has a specific design aesthetic. But you’d be pleased to know that one of the great advantages of metal roofing is how easy it is for you to style them according to what would best fit in with your home’s design.

Today we’ll be looking at metal shakes and shingles. We’ll be unpacking some of its features and if it’s a suitable roofing material for you.

 

What are Metal Shakes and Shingles?

Metal shakes and shingles are the perfect roofing material for homeowners who want all of the benefits of a metal roof without having to sacrifice traditional roofing aesthetics.

Metal is a highly malleable material, which means that it can be shaped to look like whatever you want. Therefore, you can have a metal roof that looks like ceramic roof tiles, asphalt shingles, or cedarwood shakes.

 

Advantages

Metal is a lightweight, easy-to-install material that requires less heavy lifting for installation than materials like concrete or slate. The metal’s light weight makes it relatively easier to transport as well.

The metal shakes and shingles provide homeowners with all the great benefits that an ordinary metal roof would. They’re non-combustible and carry a Class A fire rating, making them an ideal choice for homes that experience frequent lightning storms and surrounding wildfires.

Metal roofing is a disaster-resistant, all-weather roofing option. They can handle heavy rainfall, hail, and snow without any problems whatsoever.

During winter, metal roofing systems are excellent at shedding heavy snow loads. And during the summer, you can apply a metal roof coating that protects your metal roof from harmful UV rays. These roof coatings are also available in different colors and shades, which allows you to customize your roofing system according to your preferences.

 

Disadvantages

A metal roofing system is known for being one of the most expensive roofing options on the market. They are thousands of dollars more expensive per roofing square than a shingle roof. Having a metal roof installed also requires a trained roofing professional. Not just anyone can and should install your home’s metal roofing system.

Navigating atop your metal roof can be quite risky, especially if your roof has been exposed to some rain or even morning dew. This moisture on your rooftop can create a rather slippery surface, so should you need any work done on your metal roof, it’s best to consult your roofer.

 

For more information on metal shakes and shingles, don’t hesitate to call BulletROOF!

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