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Different Types of Metal Roofing

Posted by Northface Construction  - Owner & Founder

We are incredibly excited to be committing to providing sustainable approaches to roofing at Northface Construction, which means offering as many estimates for metal roofing as we possibly can. There are a number of benefits to installing metal roofing such as its sustainability, curb appeal, and longevity.

Before we dive in, we want to discuss the different types of metal roofs. At the end of the day, they’re all made of metal but may have different styles, textures, and aesthetics. Today we sit down with our Project Consultant, Dylan to talk about a few differences between profiles of metal roofing.

Most people who think of a metal roof, might immediately think of the roof of a pole barn — especially those of you living in rural Minnesota. It’s just what you’ve been used to seeing. Your standard pole bar profile, seen below, shows a style containing an exposed fastener. Each piece is screwed together with an exposed fastener. This Panel-Loc Plus works great, and Central States offers specialized warranties for paint and fade resistance.

pole barn profile

The next type of metal roofing we have is the Horizon-Loc which is a standing seam. The standing seam design interlocks one after the other to hide the fasteners. This type of roofing can come in customized heights, lengths, colors, and whatever you may want based on your needs.

standing seam

Last, but not least, are metal roofing shingles. They have a similar look and texture of regular shingles but are made of metal, obviously. They install similarly by overlaying over one another. The fun thing about these is they can be made to look like any sort of shingle you want. They can be treated to look like wood shakes, get them stone-coated, or even have them looking like slate shingles.

metal roofing shingles

So overall, you’ve got a few different styles right out the gate. Our exposed fastener system, the standing seam hidden fastener system, and your metal shingles. We offer all three of these currently through Central States out of South Dakota.

What are the Advantages of Metal vs. Typical Roofing?

One of the biggest reasons we see people installing metal roofing for is to boost curb appeal. That’s a big deal in today’s market — updating your home to a more modern look. Which, as you can see, the metal shingles can give whatever look the homeowner wants with the added bonus of metal roofing’s longevity.

The biggest difference we see between the three types we showed you today is basically just their differing warranties and how those are structured. So just looking at these types Dylan can tell you that when you consider the panels and the standing seam, the thicker the gauge, the better the warranty. Warranties vary depending on the manufacturer, obviously, but also how the roofing is built. Sometimes just by looking you won’t know for sure, that’s where your project consultant comes in and can walk you through those details.

When it comes to the EDCO Steel Shingle,  

the three main topics to consider include its reflectivity — giving you a cooler roof — the impact warranty, and the wind warranty. Their wind warranty is 160 mph, and the impact warranty is a Class-4 warranty. The way EDCO determines this is by dropping a 2-inch steel ball from 20 feet and the shingles have to withstand that impact. Those reasons alone make the shingles more preferred.

Additionally, homeowners interested in sustainable materials will love metal roofing, because it is recyclable. Plus, it lasts much longer than any other type of shingle or roofing materials, which can end up in landfills every 15 to 20 years. While metal roofing both last long and can be melted down and recycled after it’s been removed.

For more information on metal roofing installation, give us a call at 763-710-2933 and check out our metal roofing page. We look forward to committing to sustainable practices for our clients!

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