New styles of metal are bringing
new architectural style and design possibilities to the roofing
industry. No longer is straight linear cladding the only dimension of
The west-coast tradition of using cedar shakes on
re-roofing and new construction is a dying breed of installation. Poor
fire ratings, hazardous combustibility , expensive cost, and short
life-expectancy all are contributing to its demise. But this cedar
shingle or real slate appearance is still the preferred look that all
roofing material categories are trying to mimic, and most consumers
Now we have these looks in metal shingles that mimic wood shingles,
cedar shakes, or real slate. These are ideal styles to use on the Gulf
Islands, on your cabin, for re-roofing your cedar shake or old asphalt
roof, or for a refined look on your new construction project. They look
great on both commercial buildings and residential homes.
Metalworks produces two products to meet this demand. First they
manufacture the Astonwood Steel Shake which has the grainy texture of
cedar shingles embossed onto its panels.
They come in 36" long x 11" high shingle panels that are fastened
with 3 to 5 separate clips that are nailed or screwed in place. The
fasteners do not penetrate the shingle, are hidden from the weather, and
the clips allow the panels to expand and contract with no damage to the
panels. Each panel also interlocks together also allowing for expansion
and contraction yet preventing water ingress behind the panels.
For an easy installation with simple tools, there is none simpler
than the Astonwood Steel Shake. With almost 1 square of shingles in
every box (98.4 sq.ft.) these shingles will allow a whole roof to fit in
the back of a pick up truck. An installation video is available to
instruct virtually any individual to install these shingles, as long as
they possess common sense and a simple understanding of roofing
principles. Although it is best to use professionals to install roofing,
we've had many successful installations of metal roofing completed by
the homeowners themselves. Using the correct flashing techniques, using
proper ventilation and underlayments, these shingles will keep out the
weather in any climate.
A newer style has been created by Metalworks to mimic the look of
real slate. Stonecrest Slate has an outstanding natural rock texture
stamped and embossed to the surface of its steel shingles. We have not
seen a better imitation of real slate from the metal industry than this
product creates. Using the attached notches on each panel the applicator
can easily install this shingle in the pattern necessary to create the
traditional patterned slate look, but without the expected zipper
pattern on might expect (...this is a good thing).
The Stonecrest Slate comes in a traditional colour such as Slate
Grey, but unique colours such as Quaker Green and the outstanding
Vermont Blue will add drama and character to any roof-scape.
For those that prefer a thicker more textured appeal, we offer the
Metro-Shake. It is a granulated finish heavier gauge metal shake that is
almost 3/4" thick creating real texture and real shadow effects. Metro
Shake is installed either over top of an old asphalt shingle roof, or
over a solid wood deck with a underlayment completed first. The panels
are screwed down with specialty screws placed through specific points of
the metal shake. Unlike the Metalworks products these shingles have
fasteners that penetrate the panels.
Metro Shake is designed to be installed by professionals. There is a
specialty metal brake and shear that needs to be on the jobsite during
the installation process. Although sheet metal snips are used for some
detailing, the granulated finish of these panels will make short work of
even the best snips. Our company will rent out the metal equipment to
those who are not set up to complete the job. Contact our office for
We have also found a new Steel Shake made by Classic Products called
Timber Creek Shakes. These have a thicker texture than Metalworks
Astonwood thereby creating a more realistic cedar tapersawn appearance.
They are installed similar to Astonwood with a clip system so that no
fasteners need penetrate the panel. They are produced in Ohio and are
available on a special order basis. The cost is greater than the
Metalworks products and can be estimated on a job to job basis. Call our
office for more details.