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Metal Roofing Systems: What To Know

March 16, 2023

Remodeling your exterior? Don’t forget about the roof. Some people don’t have to decide to replace or repair their roofs. Mother Nature decides for them. Storms and other environmental stressors may force your hand if leaks, missing shingles, mold, and other types of damage have rendered your roof unsound What if your roof is in excellent condition and you’re considering an exterior remodel? Does it make sense to replace a functional roof to suit a specific aesthetic or design approach? The answer is yes! If you’re in the market for a replacement roof, don’t forget to consider all of your options, including metal roofing systems.

Metal Roofing Systems: What To Know

A replacement roof as part of a remodel elevates the appearance of your property, giving it a cohesive design, from the peak of the roof to the ground cover. It increases curb appeal and the value of your property.

A new metal roof will usually increase your home value by about $28,196, according to the Remodeling report. Source: Credit Karma: Will a new roof increase home value?

So much more than just Metal

If you’ve never thought about metal roofing on your home, maybe now is the time. Residential metal roofing systems are an increasingly popular option since they’re durable, strong, attractive, and virtually maintenance-free. Metal roofing panels can protect a residence for decades, outlasting shingles which need to be replaced regularly. Also, with unique style options, a metal roof is ideal for capping off the beauty of your home and the surrounding exterior environment.

While composite asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material, metal offers many benefits and characteristics that make it a beautiful and long-lasting choice. Metal roofing materials are:

  • Durable
  • Strong
  • Attractive
  • Easy to maintain
  • Long lifespan of 40 to 70 years
  • Customizable
  • Lightweight
  • Fire resistant
  • Eco-Friendly

Customized from Start to Finish

A metal roof is the ideal material for a replacement remodel since the metal lends itself to customization and the creation of ornamental accents. Decorative features such as custom wall panels, cupolas, gutters and downspouts individualize the design, leaving you with a one-of-a-kind roof that ties to the surrounding outdoor space.

Tips on Choosing the Right Type of Metal Roof

Many Style Options — Monotonous metal roofs are a thing of the past. Gone are the days when metal roofs were synonymous with shiny tin. Today, metal roofing products consist of many styles, colors, materials, and finishes. There are matte finishes and textured designs in just about every color imaginable.

From Aluminum to Zinc

Metal roofing systems come 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 best suited to regional weather variations. You can choose between different stages of pre-fabrication. Some styles come as roll-formed, pre-formed, or fully painted, while other systems require more on-site work.


A properly designed and installed quality metal roofing system can help you save money on your energy bill, as well as insurance premiums. Compare different materials, styles, and installation methods to find the choice that offers the greatest energy efficiency. Some metal roofs can include insulation underlayment, and special reflective coatings to deflect solar radiation. These materials can reduce cooling costs in the summer and keep your attic warmer in the winter.


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

Successful Track Record

It is important to get advice from a roofing company in your area that you can trust. Local roofing companies 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 success installing metal roofs.

In-House Fabrication

When choosing a roofing contractor, look for one that has an in-house metal fabrication shop. In-house sheet metal production capabilities will save you time and money, as well as minimize supply issues.

In-house — the Best for Your Home!

“Because we put our customers first in everything we do, it’s natural for us to have our own sheet metal fabrication shop, allowing us to provide specific, customization that isn’t available through many other providers. It’s all about giving our customers what they want.” – Jason Wendt • Sheet Metal Senior Superintendent • McKinnis Roofing and Sheet Metal

McKinnis Roofing and Sheet Metal operates an ANSI ES-1 certified, modern sheet metal shop. Skilled craftsmen design and fabricate custom-made metal for roofing and a multitude of other purposes — any job that requires custom-fitted sheet metal for commercial or residential structures. McKinnis’ team of designers, fabricators, and installers will make sure your sheet metal fits your home and your vision.

McKinnis produces seamless standing seam metal panel roofing systems quickly and to exact specifications.

Standing Seam Metal Roof

Standing Seam Metal Roofing

This metal roofing system is available in a broad array of colors and is among the most durable metal systems, with a service life of up to 50 years or more. Advanced coating technologies virtually eliminate rust.

Roll Forming Machines — Customization

Roll Forming Machines — Customization

State-of-the-art roll-forming machines allow McKinnis to form seamless metal panels right at the job site. They typically have materials ready much faster, whereas other roofing companies often order panels from the manufacturer, which can take from 6 to 12 weeks to arrive.

Expertise Gained from Decades of Experience

McKinnis Roofing and Sheet Metal has spent the last 42 years protecting Midwest homes and businesses with roofing, sheet metal, siding, windows, gutters, and repairs. This family-owned and managed operation has maintained a leadership role in providing roofing products and services to both residential and commercial customers throughout eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

From metal roofing systems to asphalt shingles, McKinnis is a customer-focused, solutions provider with 75 employees in Nebraska (Omaha, Blair, Lincoln, and Norfolk). Always on the cutting edge of technology and product applications, McKinnis supports its customers with the best workmanship, integrity, and service. They built their reputation on it.


If you are in need of roofing, windows, siding, or gutter work, give us a call today at 402-426-2644, visit our website at, or fill out our contact form. Our roofing and exterior experts are highly trained and always ready to help!