Metal roofing has the reputation of only being used on large industrial or commercial structures. While it’s true that metal is a good option for these applications, metal roofing goes far beyond this with use on homes, architectural buildings, and agricultural structures. It often requires little to zero maintenance after it’s installed.

Benefits & Advantages of Metal Roofing

There are a number of reasons to choose metal roofing over other materials, like asphalt shingles, tiles, or concrete. While metal roofing might be the best choice for some home or building owners, we understand that it’s not always to best material for every consumer. The best way to know if metal roofing is a good match for you is to consider some of the most common reasons people decide to buy:


Depending upon the type of metal material used, most metal roofs last 60+ years without any signs of degradation or corrosion. Actually, many consumers ultimately decide to purchase a metal roof because it’ll be the last roof that they ever have to put on their home or business.


When comparing different materials, like wood, concrete, metal, plastic, or glass, metal easily stands out as the strongest and most durable. If properly installed, metal roofing is designed to withstand rain, snow, hail, mold, mildew, strong winds, debris, rodents and other animals.

Also metal roof materials are often Class A fire-rated and noncombustible, meaning its fire resistance is the highest grade possible.


If the roof was correctly installed, the level of upkeep needed to maintain a metal roof is generally minimal. General upkeep would include looking for leaves, branches, and other debris that could get stuck on the roof and in the gutters around twice a year and after strong storms.

There are a number of reasons that metal roofing is environmentally friendly.

  • Most metal is highly recyclable, meaning that any tear-off metal, old panels, or even manufactured excess scraps can be recycled and used in future products.
  • There are even some metal roofing materials, including aluminum, that are made of already-recycled metal. Nearly 95% of all aluminum roofing is made up of recycled materials.
  • Many metals, like zinc and copper, are found in the environment or in the Earth’s crust, which means they can be naturally replenished and sustained over time.

Make sure to specify ahead of construction and installation that recycled content is important to you.

Commercial Buildings

Metal roofing gives business and building owners the peace of mind that their roof is destined to last and not need constant upkeep. Common uses: hospitals, churches, government buildings, schools and universities, military structures, restaurants, stores, businesses, hotels, transportation buildings

Residential Projects

A lot of homeowners don’t think their roof is big enough to warrant a metal roof, but the truth is the size of your roof doesn’t matter.

  • The residential market is booming as homeowners begin to realize that metal roofing will actually save them money in the long run.
  • There has also been an increase in metal roofing being used as an accent on an awning or as a part of the roof.
Architectural Projects

Metal roofing has the ability to be formed and cut into many different shapes, sizes, and lengths. This variety, along with the durability, variety of colors, and eco-friendly qualities, gives architects many benefits to using metal to create aesthetically pleasing structures.

Structural Uses

Have you ever been inside of a warehouse, factory, or other industrial building where you look up and see the roof from inside? This is a good example of structural metal roofing, which is when metal panels are installed over open framing or on structures that span long lengths and are attached directly to the frame or purlins (additional support beams added to the roof frame).

Agricultural Buildings

Barns and other agricultural buildings are common uses for metal roofing. Agricultural structures traditionally use a lap seam profile, which is when the ends of the panels overlap each other and have sealant or exposed fasteners holding the two panels together.

Metal Material Types

Metal is a very broad term when it comes to roofing, especially because there are nearly 100 metals on the periodic table of elements. Some of the most commonly used metal roofing materials used in the industry are: galvalume coated steel, galvanized steel, stainless steel, aluminum, zinc, copper.


One of the best parts of owning a metal roof is the variety of warranty options made available by the metal manufacturers or suppliers. Two of the most common are weathertight warranties, which cover leaks in the roofing system, and paint warranties, which cover certain levels of degradation of the paint system that is applied to the metal substrate. Warranties can vary quite a bit depending on where you live, the climate the roof will be exposed to, the type of roofing material used, and the type of paint system used on the coil.

curtis lee
curtis lee
Had to have siding replaced on one side of my house and some roof repair. Service was fantastic, everything went extremely smooth.
Lindsey Fiebig
Lindsey Fiebig
Niko was recommended by some of the people in my community when we were looking at getting out roof re-shingled. I sought out several quotes, and Niko’s was competitive, and has an excellent reputation in Calgary. Niko was quick to follow up with a date they could start and was only delayed one day because of weather. Vlad the owner communicated through email and text which was really helpful. The whole roof took one day with his team, and everything was done and cleaned up by 5:00pm. I was very impressed. The roof looks great, I loved the varied shingle selection, so was able to pick a colour and design that looks great. Overall, very happy with our decision to go with this company.
LuzMa Dallos
LuzMa Dallos
Excellent service. On time, very good price and different options for payment.
Erin McKenzie
Erin McKenzie
Vlad's work is perfection! He is efficient, professional, very reasonably priced, excellent attitude. I highly recommend Niko Roofing LTD. We will definitely use Niko Roofing again.
Scott Patterson
Scott Patterson
Excellent service, Vlad and his team repaired the storm damage to my siding, gutters and roof with an upgrade to class 4 shingles. The task is easy enough to do on my own however both his and his team’s professionalism and competitiveness is what sold me to use his service. We had reached out to Vlad after everyone on the street signed with the door to door roofers. Our work was done weeks earlier then everyone else and in one day. Not only will I use you going forward for repairs and recommend you but I will also use your services on my commercial jobs. Thanks Niko Roofing !
Kara Wilfley
Kara Wilfley
Vlad and his crew were professional and responsible. They repaired a leak, installed a rook, and installed two sun tunnels in short order. It looks great and we are very happy with the result!
Rob Deschamps
Rob Deschamps
Just had our very large roof done in NW Calgary. Vlad was great to deal with!! had a quote on the spot then a PDF copy was sent to me later. I did not even bother obtaining any other quotes based on my first interaction. Material was ordered and dropped off in a timely manner. Crew showed up at 7:30 in the morning and started work right away. The crew had our roof done in one day (did not think this would be possible) site left immaculate and the all the guys were very nice and courteous.