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Types of Metal Roofing

Which Type of Ontario Metal Roofing Is Best for You?

While shingle roofing is commonly used to protect against the weather, more and more people are opting for metal roofing—it can last for 50 years (or more) before needing to be replaced.

In the past, metal roofing was popularly used for sheds, barns, and other standing-seam applications, giving it the reputation that metal is only used for industrial and commercial purposes. However, modern metal roofing materials are now available to suit any architectural style.

If you’re ready to swap your shingle for metal, here are a few things to consider.

Types of Metal

Metal roofing materials come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and textures. A few of the most common metal types are listed below.

Steel – Steel is often galvanized with zinc and coated with a primer to inhibit rust and enhance its strength. It is often heavier, more durable and heat resistant.

Aluminum – Aluminum is more resistant to rust than steel, but it is also lighter and softer, making it more vulnerable to denting. It is often less expensive than coated steel but more expensive than uncoated steel.

Copper – Due to its bright coloring, copper is more of an accent than typical roofing material. Unlike steel, it does not rust. Instead, it develops a unique blue-green patina. Though it is a beautiful choice when new or old, it is more expensive than steel and aluminum options.

Instead, it develops a unique blue-green patina. Though it is a beautiful choice when new or old, it is more expensive than steel and aluminum options.

Zinc – Zinc is often said to be “self-healing” because it develops a patina rather than rusting. It’s highly durable and can last longer than steel. However, it’s also more expensive.

Of these materials, steel and aluminum are the most common metal roofing materials. Copper and zinc are typically used on specialized architectural applications due to their price.

Metal Design

The next step to picking the correct roofing material for your home is to consider the design. Metal roofing comes in various colors and profiles giving you numerous options to choose from.

Slate – Metal slate gives the appearance of smooth, uniform slate tiles. View Metal Slate Gallery

VicWest True North North Ridge Slate product image in the colour Shadow Deep Gray Signature Matte (Variation)

VicWest True North North Ridge Slate in the colour Shadow Deep Gray Signature Matte (Variation)


Tile – Standard tiles can be heavy and difficult to replace. Metal tiles have the same curve appeal as regular tile but are stronger and more lightweight. View Metal Tile Gallery

Cedar Creek Shake single tile product image in colour Burnished Slate

Cedar Creek Shake in the colour Burnished Slate


Shingle – Metal shingles give the appearance of regular asphalt shingles but they are actually made of 26 gauge metal. View Metal Shingle Gallery

Granite Ridge Stone-Coated Metal Shingles - Barclay

Granite Ridge Stone-Coated Metal Shingle in the colour Barclay


Shake – Metal Shake is a longer-lasting alternative to wooden shake tiles. These offer the natural look of wood but with extra strength. View Metal Shake Gallery

Cedar Creek Shake product image in colour Harvest Cedar Variation

Cedar Creek Shake in the colour Harvest Cedar Variation


Vertical Panel – Vertical paneling gave metal roofing its reputation for commercial use. It’s the most economical choice for metal roofing and is available in a wide variety of colors.

Different designs offer different benefits, and it can be confusing to pick the right one for your home and your environment. Our roofing professionals can provide additional expertise to help you choose which profile is right for you and your home. An in-home consultation can be arranged upon request. We have sample displays available and can provide you with a no-obligation quote.