Residential metal roofing has taken the roofing industry by storm.

In fact, According to a 2019 report from The Freedonia® Group, metal roofing sales are set to outpace overall roofing growth through 2023.

Homeowners today both live and work from home and so many are looking for ways to cut energy bills, withstand stronger storms, and upgrade the longevity of their roofs.

For these reasons (and several more) stamped panel metal roofing might be the best option for you.

What Is Stamped Metal Roofing?

Stamped metal roofing (also called stamped panel roofing) is still metal roofing, but it is cut to look, feel, and function like shingles.

The stamping manufacturing process most commonly uses galvanized steel panels, but it can also use aluminum or copper coils, depending on thickness.

Manufacturers then use a special stamp to create the metal shingle shape and create interlocking panels on all four sides.

Manufacturers use a special stamp to create the shingle shape and create interlocking panels on all four sides.

Characteristics of Stamped Metal Shingle Roofing

From a distance, most of us wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between slate, shingles, shake, tile, or stamped metal roofing.

Once installed, stamped metal shingle roofing is virtually indistinguishable from other popular roofing materials.

  • Smaller panels than traditional metal roofing.
  • Installed in a staggering course to create a more authentic appearance.
  • All stamped metal roofing accessories are made from a similar manufacturing process to create a seamless look.

Costs of Installing a Stamped Metal Roof

Generally, stamped metal roofs will cost between $4.00 and $6.50 per square foot, which is 2-3x more than asphalt shingles. Once you add in labor costs, the total cost of installation is $10.50 to $16.50 per square foot, but of course, this varies from one region to another.

While they do cost more than asphalt shingles, metal shingles are sometimes less expensive than traditional roofing materials because they’re made from thinner gauge metal and are easier to install.

Advantages of Stamped Metal Shingle Roofing

Natural roofing products like slate, shake, shingles, and tile roofing are beautiful, but they are also heavy, difficult to install, and high maintenance.

Stamped metal roofing changes the game with a lightweight option that is impact, wind, algae, and fire resistant, and generally 100% recyclable.

Other benefits of stamped metal roofs include:

1. Longevity: Stamped metal roofs last for decades. They have a 40+ year lifespan due to their locking installation system and concealed fasteners. This process protects the roof from exposure to the damaging effects of the elements.

2. Variety of Textures, Colors, & Finishes: This is what allows stamped metal panels to mimic other roof styles so well. The stamped metal panels come in diverse, vibrant PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) color coatings that last a lifetime. Once your roof is installed it will not fade, scratch, chip, rust or crack over time. The color coating can also add texture to the roof and is both chemical, and flame resistant to maintain its appearance for years.

3. More Suited for Re-Roofing: Stamped metal shingles are great for installing above your existing roofing materials. The deep grooves keep the panels up off the roof deck and create an airspace between the old asphalt shingles and the new metal shingles. This allows you to save money on roof installation and reduce waste. The airspace makes for a more even roof appearance despite how curled, cracked, and cuffed the old shingles are.

4. Energy-Efficient: Metal shingles are stamped from highly-emissive metal sheets and coated in highly reflective paint systems to reflect the sun’s rays. Because they can dispel the radiant heat from the sun, it naturally lowers rooftop temperatures and saves on energy costs. Your building’s cooling system works less to keep the indoors cool, increasing your savings by up to 40 percent each month.

Because they can dispel the radiant heat from the sun, it naturally lowers temperatures and saves on energy costs.

5. Simple & Cleaner Flashings: Flashing is often bent during installation to fit around chimneys, dormers, vents, etc. With metal shingles, the flashing comes pre-formed which makes for easier installation and cleaner finished details.

Disadvantages of Stamped Metal Shingle Roofing

While stamped metal shingles come close, no roofing material is perfect. There are always pros and cons to everything, so it’s important to understand the limitations of stamped metal shingles.

  1. Warranty & Engineering Limitations: Most stamped roofs come with a paint warranty. However, this doesn’t cover occurrences of wet storage stains or failures resulting from edge corrosion.
  2. Industry Testing: Stamped metal roofing isn’t typically tested to the same strict industry standards for uplift and impact resistance that concealed fastener standing seam metal roofing is subject to.
  3. High Initial Expense: Metal shingles are costly. While the cost fluctuates depending on factors such as the type of coating, customizations, thickness, and labor, it is still usually double the cost of asphalt shingles.
  4. Not Ideal For Low-Slope Applications: Stamped metal roofing should not be used on low-slope roofs with a  3/12 pitch or less. Because these roofs tend to hold water, they are not ideal for metal roofing.

What To Consider Before Getting Stamped Metal Shingle Roofing

  1. Your Style or Desired Look

Because stamped metal roofing offers so much more variety, the options can seem nearly limitless. Spend some time researching your desired look, and what materials other homes in your area use. You can create a more traditional look, but with various colors and textures to choose from to make your roof unique.

  1. Your Budget

As a premium roofing material, stamped metal roofing is a good option if you have a higher budget or can splurge on a more expensive roof. Still, keep your budget in mind as you select different types of styles and textures which can impact the overall costs. It’s also a good idea to get quotes from a few different contractors. Ensure the contractors have experience with stamped metal roofing and get a clear estimate of labor costs in your area.

  1. Roofing Purpose

Know your application and the elements your roof will be up against. Stamped metal roofing is popular for many different applications, but it’s most preferred for residential structures because it matches surrounding roofing materials while providing extended durability and longevity.

  1. Your HOA or Municipality

Any time you’re considering changing your roofing material, you should check with your HOA board first. While some have very strict policies, stamped metal roofing is usually acceptable once it is explained that the finished product will match its neighbors.

Stand Out with a Stamped Metal Roof

Metal roofing has come a long way from the long panels installed on barns and sheds.

Today, stamped metal shingles can transform the look of any home with a beautiful, stylistic, and extremely durable solution.

Using metal on your roof might be the most important home investment you’ll make, and it’s important to have a trusted contractor on your side.

If you’re interested in stamped metal roofing, metal panels, or other roofing materials in your area, give us a call today.