Standing Seam Metal Roof Vs. Metal Shingles

Standing seam metal roofs and metal shingles combine the attractive look of traditional and modern roofing systems with the long-lasting durability of metal. They are beautiful, stylish, and unique, and if properly installed by professionals, they can last a lifetime.  

Let’s carefully consider both options to help you choose the most suitable for you:

Standing Seam Metal Roofing

Standing seam metal roofing, also known as architectural roofing, comprises a sequence of interlocking panels that are put on a roof. Each standing seam comes with its own designed interlocking system that makes them water-tight. 

Unlike normal metal roof panels, standing seam metal roofs are commonly screwed down with concealed fasteners, which eliminates the chance of leaking during rainstorms and high winds.

It is recommended you have a professional install your standing seam metal roof based on the manufacturer’s specifications to ensure its durability, longevity, and warranty.

Some of Their Pros Include

  • Long-term durability
  • Modern and stylish look
  • Variety of colors and styles
  • They’re energy-efficient
  • Low maintenance
  • Thicker Metal
  • More options for low-slope roofs
  • Additional warranty options
  • Recyclable

Their Cons

  • More Complicated to install
  • Municipality bans in some places (for not following the look of the neighborhood)
  • Not suitable for flat roofs

Metal Shingles

Metal shingles are modular panels that are stamped to resemble shingles. They use a four-way interlocking mechanism and are attached in staggered courses. They have a long-standing history in the building industry and provide an easy way to spruce up the look of your home, providing a more traditional look for residential and commercial projects.

The metal is generally thinner than standing seams, so that it can be easily installed. 

Metal Shingles Pros

  • Durable
  • Traditional Look
  • Variety of colors and styles
  • It could be used to re-roof over asphalt shingles
  • Energy efficient
  • Long-lasting
  • Low Maintenance
  • Recyclable


  • Usually more expensive than standing seam
  • Thinner metal
  • Not appropriate for low-slope roofs

Can’t Decide? Get Professional Assistance

Standing seam and metal shingles are both premium metal roofing systems. If you can’t decide between the two, the good news is that they are both excellent options, long-lasting, durable, and energy-efficient. 

Things you have to consider when making your decision are your budget, the slope of your roof, the look you want to give to your house or building, whether it’s traditional or modern, and the municipality or HOA restrictions on certain roofing types. 

At One Oak Exteriors, we’ll help you decide the right metal roofing for your home or business.  Whether you choose a standing seam metal or a metal shingle roofing system, we’ll offer you an alternative for your budget and desired style.  

Our skilled team of experienced metal roofers is ready to provide you with the protection and style that only premium metal roofing systems can provide. Get in touch with the roofing experts now!