Metal Shingle Roofing

Metal shingle roofing tiles are flat or curved tiles that overlap and interlock in the same way as conventional ceramic or slate roofing tiles. There function is identical they are present to channel water off a pitched roof.

You can purchase metal shingle roofing in a variety of costs, architectural styles and durability. Manufactured sheet metal roofing is sold in large panels, which are normally 26-gauge coated steel. Other materials used include painted aluminum, copper, zinc alloys, and terne-coated stainless steel which gives the roof a natural grey finish. Metal shingles are manufactured to resemble wood shakes, Spanish and mission tile, Victorian metal tiles as well as ceramic and conventional slate.

There are a number of distinct advantages and disadvantages to using this type of roofing system. Factors to be taken into consideration are the roofs pitch, the angle of the roof, and the climate. Metal shingle roofing system are made-up in large panels of about four feet which have been designed for quick installation or as single shingles meant to be applied individually.

Because of the large panel sizes, this roofing works best on large, unbroken expanses of roof. Each time you make a cut around obstacles such as a chimney you risk a leak. Roofing materials installed in large panels are more difficult to replace if damaged than individual shingles. Because of its durability it may be difficult to match the precise tiles thirty years after installation.

Metal shingle roofing is most appropriate for a roof surface with steep sides; they should be steep enough to be able to shed rainwater into the gutter system by gravity alone. Most metal roofing materials can be installed on gently pitched roofs without danger of leaking; the typical minimum roof pitch is 3-in-12 which means the roof the roof rises 3 inches for each horizontal foot. If the incline of the roof is not sufficient to do this then other forms of covering would be more suitable, such as corrugated metal roofing.

As metal shingle roofing shines in the sunlight it can be a design feature in its own right. It also deflects heat and allows your house to cool quickly. Another property is that it deflects radiant heat which keeps your house cool.

Metal shingle roofing has come a long way from the old idea of corrugated metal sheeting and it does offer a durable, fire resistant, and light weight roof to your house. If the tiles are installed correctly they should last as long as the house, so they are a good choice if you are building your own house from new. Metal has the advantage of being impervious to mildew and rot. Most guarantees are for a minimum of twenty years and some are as high as fifty.

Metal shingle roofing is expensive to install when compared to other materials. If you are installing it yourself you save yourself some money on supporting materials, as it light. Also it is a very low maintenance option. However you will be a long time getting your value back, so it is better to use this type of roofing material if you intend to say a long time in the house.

Another large downside to this type of Metal shingle roofing is the noise pollution. It can be like living in a tin drum in the event of heavy rainfall. Certainly it may make sleeping difficult and it certainly would be a factor to be considered in areas of heavy rainfall. The "noise factor" can be controlled. By the use of materials that have structural barriers applied over sound deadening insulation and solid plywood sheathing. It can be damaged like any other metal and hailstones can and will dent it. Some metals are guaranteed not to dent, but aluminum is soft and will dent.

Metal shingle roofing can be damaged when it is being installed. Unlike conventional roofing, some metal shingle systems are installed from the top down, eliminating the need to walk on them once they have been installed.

See Also:

Metal Roofing Installation
Aluminum Roofing Shingles