Metal Roofing Panels

Metal panels are becoming a popular choice among homeowners. They are durable, resistant to fire, hail and winds over 120 mph. A great benefit realized by many homeowners is that a metal panel roof can be installed directly on top of the existing shingle roof. Along with excellent energy efficiency and a wide range of colors, many people and builders are making the switch to metal panels. In the United States’ residential re-roofing market, metal roofs make up 10% of the overall total.

Metal panels are relatively very low maintenance. Given their smooth clean look and durability, not much can damage it. They are also coated with anti-rust, heat reflective and waterproofing coatings which adds a further layer of protection. Any maintenance would be due to an installation or design mistake. Their total life could be over a century! For this reason a metal roof is considered a lifetime product.

Metal roofs are wise investments. While at first, they cost more than other roofing materials, this cost is amortized over a much longer period of time! Some States even provide incentives for those installing metal roofs due to their extensive benefits. In Texas, you can save up to 35% on your homeowners insurance.

Today, metal roofs can be manufacturers to look like any other type of roofing material, weather it is an asphalt shingle, a cedar shake or a clay tile. Therefore, you don’t even lose out on the aesthetics of the shingle. Given their durability, manufacturers provide much longer warranties. A 50 year warranty is not uncommon for a metal panel.

Coming back to the topic of the energy efficiency of metal panels, let’s talk more about it. An asphalt roof is energy absorbing given their naturally dark colors. On the other hand, metal panels are reflective and whether or not they are dark or light. The energy efficiency can cut all your foreseeable energy bills.

Common Myths

There are a number of common myths surrounding metal panels.

  1. Lightning: A metal roof does not increase the chances of your home getting struck ny lightning. Metal roofs are not combustible nor are they flammable therefore lightning provides little risk to a metal roof. It would disperse the energy throughout the roof.
  2. Rust: A metal roof does not rust as much as people imagine it would. New steel panels are coated with zinc and aluminum. These materials bond to the steel and provide protection against rust.
  3. Noise: A metal roof is not noisier than roofs made up of other materials. In fact it actually blocks out noise from bad weather or rain better that other materials.
  4. Dents: A metal roof is not prone to denting. They are extremely durable and can withstand years and years of bad weather, even hail and high winds.

Guide To Wood Roof Shingles

Wood shingles are a very old style of shingle, which were used primarily in North American colonies and throughout Europe. Nowadays, modern wooden shingles continue to be made. Before further discussing wooden shingles, a distinction needs to be made between wood shingles and wood shakes.

Shingles versus shakes

Shingles are much thinner than shakes and the more refined of the two. They are smooth on both sides (sanded-like appearance). These can be used on roofs as well as sidewalls. They come in different grades which alter their appearance. On the other hand, shakes are much thicker. The face of the shake has a rustic, irregular, more natural look to them while the back is smooth. They are recommended for steeper roofs. Shingles are easier to install because they lie precisely flat on the roof.

You would assume that the refined look of wooden shingles is the more modern style of the two due to its polished smooth look. That is now the case as wooden shakes are now has a reputation as a modern design and is being used more and more on custom homes. You can purchased them in pre-cut decorative designs which you can prime later.

The most common wood for wooden shingles is cedar because cedar trees are a very durable species of trees. Others types of wood can be used but must first be treated. It is extremely important to find a reputable manufacturer that produces quality-made shingles.


The large shingle manufacturers (such as Timberline, Owens Corning, Tamko) do not specialize in wood shingles. These manufacturers specialize in the traditional asphalt shingles. If you are looking for wood shingles or shakes, it is best to purchase them from a local manufacturer. There are hundreds of local manufacturers across the United States and Canada that specialize in high quality, weather resistant wood shingles. These manufacturers are primarily located on the West Coast (British Columbia, California, Washington), where cedar is prevalent, but can also help with roof repairs canberra if needed.

It is necessary to find a roof contractor that has experience installing these type of shakes. The majority of contractors deal exclusively with asphalt shingles and will tend to recommend these as they are easier to install. If you are adamant on installing wooden shakes, it is important to find a roof installer that has experience (hopefully years of experience) installing them or else you may suffer from a botched installation. A roof contractor with experience will know where to purchase the highest quality ones.