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The Basics of Metal Roofing

December 20, 2017
Basics of Metal Roofing

If you’re thinking about getting a new roof, consider metal roofing as an option. Metal roofing systems are an increasingly popular option among homeowners and landlords. Metal roof materials are durable, strong, and attractive. With minimal maintenance and optimal conditions, a properly installed metal roof can protect a building for decades. While shingles will need to be replaced regularly, metal roofing lasts and lasts. Metal roofing panels also offer unique style options and, typically, long-term savings. Think about these tips when you start shopping for a new metal roof.

Basics of Metal Roofing


Metal roofs used to be monotonous. There was a time when metal roofs were synonymous only with shiny tin roofs. But these days, metal roofing consists of many styles, colors, materials, and finishes. Today, you can find matte finishes and textured designs in just about every color imaginable. Although silver is available, it’s all about functionality and making a design statement. Find a style that will match the architecture of your building. The Hover 3D home model smartphone app can help you visualize how different metal roofs will look on your house or commercial building. Choose a handful of textures and styles, and request samples to see how they will look against your brick or siding. The best roofing companies will give you design advice about how to realize your vision.



Metal roofing comes in a variety of materials including steel, aluminum, copper, zinc, or a blend of multiple metals as well as ceramic coatings. There are also varying grades and thicknesses. Some materials have longer lifespans and are suited to regional weather variations. You can choose between different stages of pre-fabrication. Some styles come press-formed and full-painted while others require more on-site work. It’s important to get advice from a roofing company in your area that you trust. Experienced local metal roofing installers will understand which materials and brands perform best for your area. Be sure to do business with a company that has a long track record of installing metal roofs.



As with any product you purchase, it is important to understand what the warranty covers. Find a roofing company near you that offers a workmanship warranty that covers the installation and material to give you peace of mind for many years. Also, look to see what problems the metal roof warranty will cover and whether there are any out-of-pocket costs for materials, labor or both.


ENERGY Savings

A properly designed and installed metal roof can help you save money on your energy bill as well as insurance premiums. You should compare different materials, styles, and installation methods that will provide energy efficiency. Some metal roofs can include insulating underlayment and special reflective coatings to deflect solar radiation. These materials can keep your attic cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, thus reducing your energy consumption.

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If you are in need of roofing, windows, siding or gutter work, please contact us today and set up an appointment. McKinnis is safely serving the Blair, Omaha, and Lincoln areas, and we would be happy to help you with your next home exterior project!


Copywriter: Loraine Ellis, Enterprise Publishing
Editor: Traci Matthew, McKinnis Inc.