If you like the appearance of shingles but want the durability of a steel roof, your roofing contractor may let you in on a pleasant surprise. Metal shingles now come in a variety of colors and styles, so you can choose whatever look appeals to you for your residential or commercial building. Although metal shingles are more expensive than other materials, such as asphalt shingles, most often the investment pays off because metal shingles usually last a lifetime and can add value to the property.

Metal Shingle Choices

Metal shingles can be constructed of different types of material, including:

  • Galvanized steel, most often with a zinc coating that will eventually need to be reapplied after 20 years or so
  • Stainless steel, which is as durable as galvanized steel and doesn’t require a zinc coating, but can be expensive
  • Copper, which is attractive and durable, but is quite costly
  • Aluminum, which is durable and not as expensive as some other options

Some shingles are made from a combination of different metals. No matter which material you choose, you’ll find that metal shingles come in a variety of colors and shapes.

Metal Shingle Disadvantages

While it’s true that metal shingles outlast other types of roofing materials, there are a few drawbacks. Copper shingles, for example, can be dented fairly easily. Metal roofs are also quite slippery after rain or snowfall, which makes them hazardous for visiting workers. And be sure your roofer has experience installing metal shingles since there are special considerations to be made when working with metal.

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