Types of Metal Roofs for Your Home

Why Choose Metal Roofs for Your Home?

More residential homeowners are turning to metal for their long-term roofing solutions. No longer just for commercial projects, metal roofing provides better durability and energy efficiency than shingles or tile over the lifetime of a roof.

A metal roof is a long-lasting, low maintenance alternative to traditional asphalt shingles. While asphalt shingles may have lower upfront costs, they are vulnerable to shrinking, eroding, and cracking, especially in regions of the country where they’re exposed to extreme weather conditions. Even when properly maintained and repaired, the life expectancy of asphalt shingles is significantly less than metal.

Metal roofing can last 50 or more years with minimal maintenance or repairs. When designed accordingly, they can withstand wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour and will not corrode or crack due to seasonal weather conditions. A metal roof is also fire resistant and energy efficient, reducing your cooling costs by 10-25%. A metal roof isn’t even any noisier than a conventional roof when it rains.

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Exposed Fastener Panel Options

The most economical form of metal roofing, exposed fastener roofing, consists of overlapping panels that are fastened directly to the roof deck or framing through the face of the metal. They are called “exposed” because the fastener head remains visible once installed. However, fastener heads are painted the same color as the roofing panels to help make them less apparent. Most exposed fastener panels are typically 36” wide, meaning that fewer panels (and less labor) will be needed to cover the roof area.


Max-Rib is a low profile (3/4") panel that is very popular with homeowners across the country due to its aesthetic appeal and price point. This panel profile is also very common in the industry and many manufacturers offer this panel in a wide variety of steel substrates and coatings. Homeowners should make sure the product being installed on their home matches their long-term performance criteria. For residential applications, McElroy strongly recommends a Galvalume steel substrate with Kynar 500® (PVDF) coatings, which offer optimal performance and protection against fade and chalk.

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Mesa is a low profile (3/4") panel that is similar in appearance to Max-Rib. However, Mesa is both patent and copyright protected, which means it can't be copied by manufacturers offering lower quality steel substrates and coatings. Mesa is a great choice for homeowners that want quality assurance and a distinct appearance that can't be copied.
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McElroy’s 5V panels are 24" wide and incorporate a classic design that adds beauty to any home. 5V is especially popular along coastal areas in the South and Southwestern USA.
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Multi-Cor & M-Cor

Multi-Cor and M-Cor are classic corrugated roofing panels. Multi-Cor features a 3/4 rib height and M-Cor features a 1/2" rib height.  These corrugated panels are also commonly used for residential siding applications, installed both vertically and horizontally.
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Multi-Rib is McElroy’s proprietary version of the industry’s standard R-Panel and commonly utilized for residential roofing, primarily in the Southwestern region. Featuring 1 1/4" major ribs, 12 inches on center, Multi-Rib's bold profile adds a distinct beauty to any home. An optional Purlin Bearing Leg (PBR) rests on substructural framing or roof deck to provide support for fastening the panel lap.
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McElroy’s R-Panel features a 1 1/4" major rib, 12 inches on center. With a bold profile, R-Panel is commonly utilized for residential roofing, primarily in the Southwestern region of the US. An optional Purlin Bearing Leg (PBR) rests on substructural framing or roof deck to provide support for fastening the panel lap.

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U-Panel is an exposed fastener wall and roof panel. With a ¾” (approximate) rib height and 6” on center rib spacing, U-panel offers a lower profile and softer appearance than R-Panel or Multi-Rib.
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McElroy Metal's Exposed Fastener Panels for Residential Applications

Standing Seam Systems

A standing seam roof system, also classified as concealed fastener panels, utilizes a series of adjoining panels that are connected by raised seams (or vertical legs). Seam heights vary, but are typically 1 to 2 ½ inches tall and allow the panels to snap together without any exposed fasteners. In addition to providing a sleek, modern look, standing seam roofs allow panels to expand and contract with changing temperatures, helping them to last longer and cause less wear and tear on the roof deck. For residential applications, most standing seam panels snap together while others require mechanical seaming. Mechanical seamed panels provide greater strength and wind uplift capabilities.


Meridian has it all! An aesthetically pleasing, snap-together, standing seam roof panel that is economical and easy to install. With no need for clips, Meridian panels are simply attached to the roof deck with pancake head fasteners. Always an excellent choice! 
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Medallion-Lok effectively captures the beauty and elegance of a standing seam roof. Adding curb appeal to any home, the narrow 1.75" tall standing seam creates crisp, clean visual lines. Medallion-Lok is an excellent choice for larger, custom homes.
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Medallion I/Medallion II

Medallion I and Medallion II are older models of architectural standing seam systems and utilize separate batten caps that are installed over adjoining roofing panels. Medallion I features a narrow batten cap while Medallion II features a wider cap. Both Medallion systems are installed over solid decking. These panels are better suited for application like eyebrows over windows or other accent installations. For most homeowners, newer standing seam models such as Meridian or Medallion-Lok are a better option in terms of weather resistance and performance.
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Instaloc is a snap-together standing seam system that features a 1” seam and is installed with concealed clips. Instaloc is designed to be used with solid decking and the low profile seam makes the panel an excellent option for residential applications.
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With an opportunity to choose from three distinct Maxima profiles: Maxima, Maxima 1.5 and Maxima ADV, McElroy’s Maxima family of products represents the industry’s broadest selection of vertical leg standing seam systems. While not utilized extensively for residential applications, Maxima is a great option for homes along coastal areas where high strength and wind resistance is important.
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138T & 238T

138T and 238T systems are classified as symmetrical standing seam systems and offer many advantages over traditional standing seam panels. Due to the symmetrical standing seams, individual panels can be removed and replaced in the event of damage. McElroy Metal's Shingle Recover System features the 138T panel and is an economical and energy efficient method to recover an existing shingle roof. 
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McElroy Metal's Standing Seam Systems for Residential Applications

Metal Shingles and Tiles

Combining the aesthetic look and curb appeal of traditional shingles, clay tile, cedar shake, and slate with all the performance benefits of metal, these systems are a popular option for homeowners looking for a fast, easy, and affordable roofing solution that simulates the appearance of other roofing materials. The benefit to the homeowner is the desired visual appearance plus all the benefits of metal roofing.

Met-Tile - Metal Roof Tiles

Met-Tile is lightweight, energy efficient and aesthetically attractive. A Met-Tile roof looks so much like tile, most people are surprised to learn that they are actually metal roof tiles.
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Milan (Steel Shingles)

Milan steel shingles add beauty and curb appeal to any home. Milan provides the aesthetic appearance of shingles, slate or shake with all the benefits of metal.
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Tilcor Stone Coated Roofing

Tilcor's™ CF Shingle has been specifically designed to resemble the look of traditional Asphalt Shingles but without the inherent ongoing issues that many home owners face.

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Metal Shingles and Simulated Tile Options

Find a Distributor/Contractor Near You

Whether you’re building a new home or planning renovations, a metal roof can deliver long-term cost savings and comfort for your family. To explore your options and find the product that meets your aesthetic and budgetary needs, contact a McElroy Metal distributor or contractor in your area today. We can’t wait to help make your dream home a reality.

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Residential Metal Roofing Guide

All across the country, homeowners are ditching their shingle roofs and upgrading to metal! While residential metal roofing isn’t new, it is gaining in popularity because more homeowners are recognizing the many environmental and energy-related benefits that metal roofing has to offer.

This eBook was developed to help guide homeowners who have an interest in metal roofing but are seeking a little more knowledge and understanding before finalizing their decision. If that’s your situation, this information is for you.

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