Metal Roofing – From Panels to Premium Tiles

Metal Sheet Roofing and Metal Shingles

When you think of metal roofing, you might picture country homes, lodges, and barns with metal panels sloping from ridge to eave. Today, many homes of modern design favor smooth, sleek metal roofs, as well. Though not a lot of homeowners equate metal with shingle roofing, metal shingles are indeed growing in popularity and this relatively new invention is categorized as luxury roofing.

Pricing on metal tile roofing is largely dependent on the contractor’s cost from their local distributor and labor costs which vary by the size of the job, roof complexity, tear-off, etc., but the average cost per SQ (100 sq. ft.) is $750-$1100 installed.

Metal used for roofing includes silicon-coated steel, corrugated galvanized steel, stainless steel, stone-coated steel, copper, zinc, and aluminum. The earliest form of metal roofing used in the U.S. was copper, which began to appear as a roofing material in the 1700’s. By the mid-1800’s, the idea of galvanizing metal panels with zinc to protect from rust moved metal roofing into the mainstream, especially for factories and other expansive shelters such as rail depots and post offices.

Metal shingles/tiles/slate and wood shake for roofing are a relatively new innovation, only dating back to the last century. Like composite and cement products, they can be fashioned to look like natural slate, wood, and conventional asphalt tiles, but can last much longer. MetalWorks Stonecrest steel tiles made by Tamko resemble slate and asphalt. Boral manufactures metal roofing tiles, as well. Tilco, SteelRock, and Dacra also take their share of the growing market for metal shingle roofing.

Metal Shingle Roofing - Pros And Cons


  • Metal roofing typically requires less maintenance
  • Very durable and withstand time and storms
  • Metal panel roofing and standing seam metal roofing can complement modern home architecture, as well as carry a nostalgic flair for country homes and lodges
  • Metal roofing materials are extremely durable
  • Metal can be molded in any form to give the rich appearance of natural materials like slate or clay, “barreled” roofing
  • Standing seam metal roofing can be cut on-site or delivered as cut out panels as long as you have a precise measurement 


  • Metal shingle roofing is heavy compared to conventional asphalt
  • Metal roof installation is a specialty that not all contractors have mastered
  • Premium metal roof materials are typically more expensive and require a little more time to install compared to conventional asphalt shingles 

Present metal shingle products to your clients virtually with iRoofing!

Discerning property owners who favor finer roofing materials expect a first-rate presentation and a bit of an education about product choices. Traditional sample boards, dog-eared manufacturers’ brochures, or loose samples retrieved from the back of your roofing truck won’t cut it with customers who are prepared to pay top-dollar for a new roof. 

Imagine having the ability to instantly grab digital images of metal shingle roofing material stored in the digital manufacturers’ catalogs of the iRoofing portable app for iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets, then produce an accurate, line-item estimate for  the materials, installation, accessories and ancillary services. It’s all easily achieved with the iRoofing mobile app.

  • Present metal roofing choices digitally with iRoofing’s in-app catalogs
  • Simulate exactly how metal products will look on your client’s roof
  • Compare products side-by-side to upsell and close sales faster
  • Present detailed measurements and estimates, all with iRoofing 

To help you close the sale, you can use iRoofing’s Roof Visualizer to perfectly simulate how a metal shingle roofing product will look on their specific property. Even compare products or colors side-by-side with the Visualizer. Your entire sales presentation, including your company merits, team photos, process explanation, roof sketches, estimate, and closing documents can all be shared in your own highly professional, custom-branded, digital pitch book!

Make no mistake, this is the way to sell luxury roofing! 21st Century homeowners expect thorough, immediate, and digital presentations like that which iRoofing delivers.

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