What types of metal roofs are out there?

Before making a decision on how to fix your metal roof (replace, repair, recoat), you have to know what types of metal roofs are out there. There are different panel types that impact price and performance that you should be aware of. What type of metal roof do you have and what types of metal roofs are available?

There are four especially common roof types and the types of repairs and cost of replacement will vary with each one, so it is important that this knowledge weighs in on your decision. You don’t want to make a decision to repair your existing metal roof, only to find out later that you have a metal roof that is a poor insulator and it would be worth your money to upgrade. Basically, don’t make an uninformed decision.

Different Types of Metal Roofs

Types of metal roofs 
This is what the standard R-Panel Metal Roof will look like


R-Panel metal roofs are the low-maintenance metal roofing option. Their easy installation cuts own on labor, time, and disposal costs, so costs for the entire project are kept low. These roofs are also available in many different colors that look very nice on a roof. These roofing systems are very popular for both residential and commercial roofing systems. Their ease of installation has helped to make them a very popular flat metal roofing option. As with all metal roofing systems, these systems are prone to rusting and should be frequently painted or coated to combat this problem.

Types of metal roofs 
There are several variations of corrugated metal roofs


This is the classic metal roof, common on many older barns and shacks; the “original” metal roof. Corrugated metal panels are now often galvanized and used on restaurants and retail establishments to create a classic feel.  Corrugated metal roofs integrate well with fiberglass skylight panels because they typically have similar patterns and structural designs. Corrugated metal roofs have been around for a long time and they have stood the test of time.

types of metal roofs 
Architectural standing seam metal roofs are the most tightly constructed metal panels

Architectural Standing Seam

This roofing system provides superior wind uplift protection and resistance to water than other metal roofing systems because of the way the panels interlock. They are extremely tightly constructed and provide a watertight seal that is superior to all other metal roofing systems. It is very difficult for water to work its way into the building thanks to the tight seal, which is obviously a bonus for any roofing system. Many manufacturers apply a sealant to the panels in the factory, which works to maintain the structural integrity in thermal variations.


So those are three types of metal roofs you should be aware of before making any decision regarding your metal roof. If you have any further questions, contact us and let us know!