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4 Popular Metal Roof Types in Indiana

Mar 19, 2023 | Blog, Central Indiana, Indianapolis, Metal Roof, Noblesville

So you’ve done your research and understand the benefits of a metal roofing system, and now you’re ready to decide which type of metal roofing to invest in. By the end of this article, you will know which metal roofing system in Indiana is best for your home.

In Indiana, there are four main types of metal roofing systems. They are:

  1. Exposed fastener panels (also called corrugated metal or pro-rib)
  2. Snap-lock metal panels
  3. Standing seam metal panels
  4. Metal shingles. 

Exposed Fastener Panels

Coming in at the lowest price point, the exposed fastener system has recently started to become popular on residential homes. While this material used to only be seen on pole barns, sheds, and commercial buildings, the increase in demand has led to greater color options at a price that is only slightly higher than an asphalt roof. 

Here’s the downside: it’s called exposed fastener because the screws which affix the roofing panels to the wood decking are exposed. These screws have washers that wear out after about 10 years.

comparing metal roofs, metal roofing, Noblesville, Central Indiana

You will need to perform routine maintenance on your roof to ensure its longevity. There have recently been some innovations in screw heads that don’t expose the washers to the elements, but these are more expensive and not commonly used. Check with your roofer before investing in this type of system.

Specifics of a standard exposed fastener system commonly found in Indiana*:

  • 29 or 28 gauge panels
  • 40+ year paint warranty
  • Slopes 3:12 or above
  • Easily-accessible materials (found at big box retailers and specialty manufacturers)
  • Typically cost $5-$6.50/square foot

Snap-Lock Metal Panels

If you’ve got a bit more cash upfront, the snap-lock metal roofing system in Indiana comes highly recommended. This system has some exposed fasteners at the ridges and hips, but the majority of the screws are hidden underneath the panels, meaning that there is far less likelihood for leaks and a lower maintenance cost. 

snap-lock metal roof, Rojas Roofing

If you like the look of these panels, be aware that they come in both smooth and striated. Smooth panels have a tendency to oil can, but many customers choose this type for the sleek look.

snap-lock metal roof with oil canning

Due to the complex nature of this system, including the bending and cutting of each panel, it is not recommended that you DIY a snap-lock roof. Because this system is an investment and will be built to last for years, it is even more important than usual to pick a reputable roofing company to install your snap-lock roof.

Specifics of a standard snap-lock system commonly found in Indiana:

  • 40-year paint warranty
  • Very low maintenance costs
  • 22, 24, or 26 gauge
  • Slopes 3:12 or above
  • Smooth or striated panels
  • Typically cost $6.50-$8.50/square foot

Standing Seam Metal Panels

This system has no exposed fasteners whatsoever, but in look and feel, is going to be just about the same as a snap-lock system. This system is for the homeowner who is building a long-term home and looking for a metal roof that will stand the test of time. Many homeowners will benefit from a reduced insurance cost as a result of using this Class 4 system (snap-lock is also Class 4). 

Specifics of a standard standing seam system commonly found in Indiana:

  • 40-year paint warranty
  • Very low maintenance costs
  • 22, 24, or 26 gauge
  • Slopes 3:12 or above
  • Smooth or striated panels
  • Typically cost $7-$8.50/square foot

Metal Shingles

Metal shingles can have the look and feel of asphalt shingles or can be stamped with designs to look like slate or wood shake. This can be a good option if you live in a housing development that only allows “shingles” in a certain color, but you want the longevity of a metal roof. 

Metal Roof shingles, Indiana

Because the panel systems described above cover more area, they are easier to manufacture and install. This means that panels are typically less expensive than metal shingles. Homeowners who choose metal shingles are going for a high-end, customizable look since metal shingles come in so many varieties. 

Specifics of a standard metal shingle system commonly found in Indiana:

  • Limited availability – only specialty manufacturers
  • Large range of styles and colors
  • Best manufacturer warranties 
  • Typically cost $10-$12/square foot

*Specifications and prices based on commonly used manufacturers and installers in Indiana in 2023. Actual prices may vary. 

Are you ready to jump in with both feet for your new metal roof?  Call Rojas Roofing in Indianapolis, today, to further discuss the above options and we’ll help you decide on the absolute best roof for your home.