Metal Roof Ideas for All Home Styles: Colonial, Contemporary, and Historic

Guest Post by MRA member Paul Kazlov, Global Home Improvement

Throughout history, the process for building homes has changed and improved.  Depending on the aesthetic preference of the generation and the location of your residence, the home styles you see in your neighborhood may vary either subtly or even dramatically from one another. Whereas Victorian style buildings are often complemented by bay windows, dentils, columns, and porticos, the early American traditional homes emphasize more on living comfort than exorbitant designs. As a result, many traditional homes come with a large front porch and are often sided with bricks or wood to create a rustic charm.

No matter what kind of home you may have, it needs a durable roof that offers both longevity and cosmetic appeal. Widely known for their energy efficiency and outstanding performance, metal roofs offer a versatile range of styles and colors to fully enhance the appearance of colonial homes, contemporary homes, and historic homes.

Metal Roofs Fit Any Home

Colonial Homes

Colonial homes  evolved from European influences that began in the 1600s.  According to M.C. Postins, Demand Media, they are “symmetrical, or square, and feature an entry door that can be found in the middle of the front house.” The home usually has a medium-pitched to steep-pitched roof to provide drainage in stormy weather. Most of the colonial homes in America are covered with wood shingles that range from white cedar to cypress.

While wood shingles instill a classic flair and add dimension to your roof, they are prone to rot, decay, and split over time. Using metal roofs that mimic this shingle look gives homeowners the advantage of a strong roof that is naturally fire-retardant and impervious to termite and water. Metal shakes emulate the style of wood shingles and can be coated to match your architectural design. Homeowners can create contrast by choosing a dark color to complement a light-colored home.  A professional metal roofer can also install metal shakes in such a way that they re-create some of the popular wood shingle roof patterns, including fish scale, pointed, and staggered.

Contemporary Homes

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing choices for contemporary homes. However, a shingle roof will need to be replaced every 15 to 20 years – they begin to break down the first day they’re on your home.  In contrast, a metal roof will last 50 years and beyond, while demanding little to virtually no upkeep on your part. Besides the variety of finish options a metal roof can provide, homeowners can opt for a standing seam metal roof to enjoy a seamless design from its continuous vertical panels. Standing seam metal roofs are popular because they can efficiently shed water and accompany roofs with a low-pitch.  Architects love metal roofs, and often recommend them to their design clients and often choose them for their own homes.

Historic Homes

Buildings with historic significance need the strength of metal to preserve its integrity and significance. In addition to its ability to emulate the texture and look of shakes, slates, and shingles, metal roofs can also be styled to meet the classic and sophisticated design of a historic home.

No roofing product on the market today is as durable, versatile and beautiful as a metal roof.  Learn more about metal roofing, and see what your house could look like with a metal roof, by visiting the Metal Roofing Alliance at

Paul Kazlov is a “green” home remodeling enthusiast and an industry pioneer for innovation in home renovation. Paul writes for the Global Home Improvement blog and strives to educate people about “green” products such as metal roofing and solar. Follow him on Twitter @PaulKazlov.


6 thoughts on “Metal Roof Ideas for All Home Styles: Colonial, Contemporary, and Historic

  1. I just love the Colonial style homes with a modern roof on them. I really like the versatility that a metal roof adds to a historic home and not to mention the long lasting durability. Just be sure you check with any historical society building codes.

  2. My home has shingles on the roof at the moment, but they’re coming up on their 15-year mark. I think I need to replace them before they decide to come off on their own. Do you think it’s a good idea to have a contractor doing the replacement? I just don’t think I should be the one doing it.

  3. It is interesting for me to learn a little bit about metal roofing. I did not realize that metal roofing could be so durable. Thanks for the tips on how to work with metal roofing.

  4. No worries about rust with today’s metal roofs! They have high-tech coatings that protect the metal for decades!

  5. We definitely recommend using a licensed, bonded and trained metal roofing contractor to install your Investment Grade roof! Manufacturers offer training for each specific type of metal roof, and the contractor should be trained before doing any work with metal roofing. Check out website to find a qualified contractor in your area:

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