Shake look metal shingles have the natural, thick look of wood, without the potential flammability hazards that can come with wood shake shingles. They are also a lightweight and very durable roofing material that will give you many maintenance free years of service.
Understanding Shake Look Metal Shingles
Classic wood shake shingles have a high relief, thick appearance that makes for a very attractive roof profile. Unfortunately, they can be dangerous too. Wood shake roofing is either pressure treated or sprayed with fire retardant chemicals, but even so, some varieties don't meet fire safety standards, and their reputation for going up like, well . . . dry tender, persists.
One enterprising solution is to integrate the look of wood shake into a material that is naturally fire retardant . . . metal. Shake look metal shingles offer a durable and safe roofing material that can be hard to distinguish from the real thing when standing at ground level, even though they're made of a tough aluminum alloy.
The typical homeowner wants a reliable roof that will stand up to the elements, requires little or no maintenance and will last a long time. Where even a couple of decades ago metal roofing was more common on barns than anywhere else, innovations in metal treatment and coating technologies have led to new looks and a new market for metal roofing.
Metal roofing can mimic the appearance of most other roofing materials. This can be a boon for homeowners because it means that the advantages of metal are available in many looks, like shake shingles and even clay tiles. Choosing a metal roof doesn't have to mean compromising on style or departing from a look that will integrate with the architecture of your home.
Metal shingles have other advantages too:
- Metal roofing offers superior weather protection. It is wind and impact resistant, making it a good choice for areas that experience weather extremes.
- Some metal roofing is warranted for up to 50 years. Imagine not having to worry about the condition of your roof for half a century.
- Metal roofing may not be the cheapest alternative, but even though the costs can appear steep when compared to asphalt shingle, the installation of a metal roof can increase the value of your home and make your house more energy efficient.
- It is estimated that a metal roof can save up to 20 percent on your energy costs compared to asphalt shingle.
- Metal roofing is lightweight. If you like a natural looking roof, but slate or tile are out of the question because of structural concerns, consider the safety, durability, and lightweight properties of shake look metal shingles instead.
Shake style metal shingles are available as panels or complete, easy-to-install interlocking systems. There are a variety of colors available in rich browns, reds and grays, or you can even custom order a color that will be unique to your application. Rust proof, impact resistant, and durable, shake look metal roofing has the look of wood and the durability of metal.