What Are Metal Shakes And Shingles?

Aug 21, 2021 | Blog, Metal Roofing

Metal roofing has long been a favorite among commercial building owners. They are not only durable, but they also provide buildings with unmatched energy efficiency and versatility.

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-looking panels can be quite unattractive, especially if your home has a specific look and feel to it. However, one of the leading advantages of metal roofing is that you can style it according to your aesthetic preferences.

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 offer homeowners an attractive alternative to the normal metal sheet roofing. Their beautiful designs also perform well in bad weather conditions, making them perfect for modern architecture.

Metal is a highly malleable material, meaning 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 shakes and shingles are lightweight and easy-to-install roofing materials. Their lightweight makes them relatively easy to transport and doesn’t require heavy lifting when getting them up on your rooftop.

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 roofs are a disaster-resistance roofing option that can withstand extreme wind speeds, heavy rainfall, and hail. 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

Metal is known for being a costly roofing material. Costing thousands of dollars, they are significantly more expensive per roofing square than an asphalt roofing system. Installing your home’s metal roof also requires a trained roofing professional. It is not recommended that an untrained roofer install your metal roofing system, as this may lead to issues with your roof down the line.

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 Rhino Roofers!