Types of Metal Roofing: 2024 Guide to Popular Metal Roofing Options

Metal roofing has become increasingly popular in Florida due to its durability, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal. But despite growing popularity, many Floridians still have questions about metal roofs. Specifically, many people want to know about the types of metal roofing and which one could be best for their homes and their budgets.

John Hogan Roofing has over 30 years of metal roofing experience, and we’re here to use our know-how to answer all of your questions about the different types of metal roofing. To start off, let’s talk about the different metal roofing materials that you can choose from.

Types of Metal Roofing Materials

Types of Metal Roofing Materials

In Florida, there’s no shortage of metal roofing material options. And that’s great, because each type of metal roofing has its own pros and cons, so more options means more opportunities to get the perfect metal roof for your structure. Now, let’s talk about what you can expect from the different metal roofing materials available in Florida!


Aluminum roofing is uniquely lightweight, but that doesn’t mean it sacrifices any strength. In fact, its strength-to-weight ratio is even higher than other types of metal roofing. This means that aluminum can handle hurricane-force winds without bending or being removed from your roof!

As a bonus, aluminum is among the most rust-resistant metal roofing materials on the market. That’s why it’s popular in Florida, especially in the coastal areas where saltwater in the air can quickly corrode metal roofs that aren’t properly protected.

Aluminum metal roofs are not the most expensive nor the most affordable metal roofing option. Prices always vary depending on many factors, but they average between $10 and $20 per square foot. However, with a lifespan of 50-80 years, this could be a great opportunity to invest in the long-term health of your structure!


Galvalume is among the most popular types of metal roofing because of its unique blend of roofing materials. It is made from a combination of steel and aluminum with a zinc coating, providing excellent protection against the harsh coastal environment and frequent exposure to saltwater.

In fact, the aluminum serves to slow down and minimize rust, while the zinc can “heal” itself by shedding any rust and protecting the roof as a whole. As a result, Galvalume is one of the best options for resisting rust and corrosion.

Galvalume is a bit cheaper than aluminum with a price range from nine dollars to $18. With a lifespan of 40-50 years and great protection against Florida’s harsh climate, it’s no surprise that Galvalume is as popular as it is!

Stone-coated Steel

This roofing material is made using steel metal roofing sheets covered in a protective layer of stone and granules. This creates a roof with all of the strength and durability of steel without any of its drawbacks.

For example, metal roofs are often vulnerable to denting from hail and storm debris. But with this type of metal roofing, the stone coating protects against any denting and keeps your roof looking and performing its best. At the same time, the roof still benefits from the unbeatable wind resistance of steel roofing.

Another great feature of stone-coated steel roofing is its relatively low price. Ranging between $10 and $15 per square foot, this is a more affordable option than many other metal roofing materials. And with a lifespan of 40-70 years, you don’t have to sacrifice longevity or quality for a lower price!

Types of Metal Roof Panels

Types of Metal Roof Panels

In addition to the roofing materials used in your roof, the style of metal roof you choose will also have a big impact on both cost and performance. Specifically, how you choose to adhere your roof to your structure can make all the difference. Let’s take a look at what your options are when choosing between types of metal roofing!

Exposed Fasteners: 5V Metal Roofing

5V crimp roofing is a traditional metal roofing style characterized by its distinctive V-shaped panels. This roofing system is popular among homeowners seeking a distinctive metal roof that looks and feels unique.

Since 5V metal roofing panels are screwed down into place, they are faster and cheaper to install. Additionally, it’s cheap and easy to make 5V metal sheets. Both of these can help lower your total metal roofing costs. However, having exposed fasteners on your roof can lead to premature aging and weathering, which is why 5V metal sheets may not last as long as roofs secured with hidden fasteners.

Still, while they may not be the most durable option, 5V metal roofs can still last for decades with proper maintenance.

Hidden Fasteners: Standing Seam Metal Roofing

Standing seam metal roofing is one of the most popular types of residential metal roofing. Where 5V roofing is crimped, standing seam is mostly flat with only raised edges on the sides of the panel. This creates a sleek, smooth exterior that is great for modern homes.

With standing seam, your roof fasteners sit beneath the metal sheet. This protects them from weathering and premature aging. However, it also makes standing seam sheets more difficult to manufacture and install. This means that a metal roof with hidden fasteners will cost more than one with exposed fasteners.

Even so, many homeowners consider this a worthwhile investment in the beauty and longevity of their roofs. If you’re looking for a residential metal roof, there’s no better option than standing seam.

Get the Right Type of Metal Roofing for You

In roofing, there is rarely a “best” option for everyone. More often there are many options, with each one being right for a different kind of structure. And at John Hogan Roofing, we consider it our job to find the right metal roof for you and your commercial or residential structure.

To do that, we make starting the roof replacement process simple and easy. All you have to do is schedule your free estimate online! From there, we’ll work with you to better understand your needs and the needs of your roof to get you the best type of metal roofing for your situation.

John Hogan Roofing has been installing metal roofs for over 30 years, so we know how to Florida-proof your roof better than anyone. Reach out to our friendly roofing professionals and see why we’re still Florida’s top roofers after 30 years in business!


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