Metal roofing’s fresh new look has captured the attention of homeowners

For the last five years, the number of residential metal roofs installations has grown steadily. According to Dodge Data & Analytics, a research firm specializing in the construction industry, metal roofing is the fastest growing roofing segment in the United States. Metal roofing is not new, but manufacturing innovations are redefining homeowner perceptions of this versatile material. 

Seen above: Presidio® Tile metal roofing in Nutmeg 

Industrial Strength

Due to its durability and strength, metal has long been a popular choice for workhorse buildings such as barns and sheds. However, the industrial look of standing seam roofing has struggled to gain traction in the aesthetics-driven residential market.

Seen above: Traditional standing seam metal roof

The Roof Next Door

New patented embossing, painting and coating techniques allow manufacturers to combine the long-standing benefits of metal roofing – durability, longevity and efficiency – with the beauty of traditional materials. And it’s showing itself in the reimagining of three classic styles – shake, tile and slate.

Seen above: Matterhorn® Tile metal roofing in English Toffee

Inspired by Tradition

Common to the architecture of the early American colonies, traditional shake roofing was hand-hewn, split rectangles from a single log. Although they make for a beautiful look, shake roofs require significant maintenance over their lifetime of 20-25 years. In comparison, a metal roof will last a minimum of 50 years with generally no maintenance.

Seen above: Matterhorn® Shake metal roofing in Weathered Wood 



Artisanal Details

While durability has long been a strength of metal roofs, aesthetics has not. To change this, manufacturers turned to the craftsman. Designers start with pencil sketches and a custom paint selection that mimics a cedar shake roof. During the manufacturing process, chisel marks and cracks are embossed into the metal, and elevation is varied across the separate shakes. Finishing touches include shadow lines that are added where the wood naturally shrinks to creates gaps.

Seen above: Matterhorn® Shake metal roofing in Weathered Wood 

Spanish Jewel

Tile is another much admired traditional roofing option and for good reason. Spanish tile can imbue an otherwise simple exterior with warmth and charm, making it a popular choice in many parts of the United States. Unfortunately it is also heavy, costly to install, and susceptible to cracking and chipping which can incur maintenance costs in excess of $1000 annually. This combination has left the market primed for an alternative that blends beauty and resilience.

Seen above: Traditional Spanish style Southern California home 

Modern Marvel

Enter metal. It is surprisingly lightweight – 98 lbs per square compared to 700-1100 lbs per square for clay tile. It is durable – offering a Class 4 Impact Resistance rating, the best available. And now, thanks to advances in manufacturing techniques, it is a near-perfect duplication of its Spanish inspiration.

Seen above: Matterhorn® Tile metal roofing in Nutmeg 

Old World Charm

A solid slate roof atop a country cottage recalls the venerable homes that still stand across Europe today. While slate is a very durable material, like tile, it is also very heavy and requires extra roof support before it can be installed. It is also a very expensive choice and can be cost prohibitive for many people.

Seen above: Matterhorn® Slate metal roofing in Midnight

Craft for the People

Modern metal roofing offers the same detail as slate, right down to the chisel marks and crack lines, at a much more attainable price point. While typically more expensive than asphalt shingles, metal roofing’s longevity, low maintenance and efficiency benefits have many people seeing it as a long term win.

Seen above: Matterhorn® Slate metal roofing in Midnight

Visit our product pages to learn more about your metal roofing options and see the full range of styles and colors available.