Metal roofing is becoming a popular choice for roofs because it is energy-efficient, resistant to fire, durable, and lightweight. Before paying for a metal roof to be installed, you should know what your options are to select the best type of metal roofing based on your needs. Here is an overview of the different types of metal roofs and the benefits they provide:
- R-Panel: This type of metal roofing is usually best for homeowners who want the metal roof installed over the existing shingles because it saves them time and money.
- CF Panel: CF panels, standing for concealed fastener panels, keep the fasteners hidden just as the name suggests. Some homeowners think metal roofs look better without the fasteners in plain sight. CF panels work best for people who want a clean smooth appearance to the roof and are willing to have the existing shingles entirely removed for installation.
- U-Panel: In most cases, a u-panel metal roof can be attached to the existing shingles, making it a desirable option for those who don’t want to go through the process of entirely replacing the old roof. U-panel metal roofs are usually heavier than the other types because they’re made out of 26-gauge commercial grade steel.
- Standing Seam: Standing seam metal roofs are the best looking as well as the most expensive. They feature a mechanically hemmed seam every 12-24 inches depending on the homeowner’s preference. There are no exposed fasteners with a standing seam metal roof either. The thickness of metal roofs (gauge) varies depending on which gauge the homeowner chooses.
- AP Panel: An alternative to the standing seam roof is the AP panel metal roof. AP panel roofs deliver the appearance of standing seam at a lower cost. However, the screws will still show in an AP panel roof.
The type of metal roofing panels that you have installed depend on how much you care about aesthetics and whether or not you’re willing to have the old roof removed. It’s more expensive to replace an old roof, so if your warranty isn’t close to expiring, it’s sometimes a more attractive choice to install the new roof over the existing one.