You can't go wrong with an American metal porch roof.
Whether you opt for standing seam metal roofs, metal shingles or shakes, or even patio covers and metal awnings,
upgrading your porch roof can add instant value and beauty as well as significantly reduce your overall maintenance and costs.
Use our metal roof and metal roof panel photos below from the Metal Roofing Alliance to find your perfect metal roof design.
We appreciate them allowing us to share their photos with you.
Pictures courtesy of the Metal Roof Alliance. Learn more about them below.
Metal porch roof - shingles on contemporary home
photo courtesy of MetalRoofing.com
One of the first considerations is determining what type look you want to achieve. You have several options from which
Video: Today's Metal Roofs
Beautiful metal roof over contemporary craftsman-style front porch
Save on Heating and Cooling with a Metal Roof
Installing a metal porch roof can possibly save you money on heating and cooling bills.
The MRA reports a potential 40% savings in energy costs during the summer months dependent upon your specific geographical area
by installing reflective metal roofing.
Typical asphalt roofs trap heat whereas metal roofs reflect it keeping your attic and home cooler.
Combine that with the longevity of a metal roof and you'll reap the benefit of not having to replace your roof as
often for even more savings.
A white metal roof (pictured at right) has the highest heat reflection value of any roofing material.
More Reasons We Like Metal Porch Roofs
Your porch roof is an investment. Remodeling Magazine reports that you can recoup up to 85.9% nationally
of the cost of a standing seam metal roof; over 95% in Eastern states.
Do you live in an area prone to extreme weather like hail, winds, forest fires?
Using impact-resistant and/or fire resistant metal roofing may enable you to get discounts on your insurance.
Photo at right (courtesy of MRA) depicts homes in the 1991 Oakland firestorm.
The only home standing is the one with the metal roof - hot embers could not ignite the metal.
According to the Metal Roof Alliance, the cost of a metal roof is about twice as expensive as asphalt shingles
when you look at just direct installation.
One of the things that homeowners are learning more and more is that if you look at the lifecycle cost, it's actually within 12 to 15 years.
It may well be less expensive to install a metal roof because of the energy savings that you may have
(based on where you live) and the potential insurance reduction that you may get from the hail or wildfire issues.
Most home appraisers add about a $1.50 square foot value to the home if it
has a metal roof.
Metal Shingles - Tile
Mary and I have a favorite: vertical standing seam panels or metal roof panels.
We love country porches and believe this style works well for country porch roofs.
Made in a myriad of colors, you are sure to find one that would be ideal for your home.
Vertical Standing Seam Panels
Metal roof combination - vertical panels and shakes
Dispelling Myths About Metal Roofs
Lighting: Metal roofs do not increase the chance of being struck by lighting. If struck, the metal will actually disperse
the energy across the roof (much like it would do if it struck your car). In fact, metal roofs aren't combustible
or flammable making them ideal for lighting prone areas.
Rust: The metallic coatings applied to metal roofing is bonded to the steel and then painted to prevent rust.
Dents: Metal roofs have proven they can stand up to years of severe weather like hail,
winds, and snow. Most metal roof systems have at least a 150-mph wind rating.
The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) is a not-for-profit coalition of metal roofing manufacturers,
paint companies, coil coaters, associations and contractors formed to introduce homeowners to the many value benefits of metal roofing.
MRA's programs include televised consumer advertising, internet exposure, and a toll-free metal roofing answer line for consumers.
Find a Metal Roofing Contractor
The MRA has a new contractor-matching program.
Enter your zip code and you'll be able to see a list of contractors and material suppliers in your local area.
Mary and I think this is an excellent way to contact a licensed metal roof contractor in your area.