Lowes Metal Roofing

Lowes Metal Roofing

Fabral is an exciting company specializing in manufacturing a wide variety of residential and commercial metal roofing profiles including standing seam (concealed fasteners), R panels (exposed fasteners), corrugated metal roofing (exposed fasteners) and metal wall panels. You can pick from a wide selection of residential metal roofing styles with architectural design features. Fabral in partnership with Lowe’s currently offers systems available in 29, 26, 24 gauge steel. if live near a salt spray environment such as coastal shore line, and would like to go with aluminum, instead, then order your panels directly from Fabral by vising their website. – They carry standing seam metal panels available in .032″ and .040″ Aluminum.
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Lowes Metal Roofing

The important thing though is the web pages for these manufacturers shows that the retail stores are carrying a very limited selection of what each offers. Looking at the Metal Sales page, you’ll notice they have a number of concealed fastener metal roofing systems, though Home Depot (not to mention Lowe’s) carries none. Sticking with the Metal Sales product page (for residential), each panel is nicely presented, with pictorial measurements, available steel gauges, and a number of related resources (specification type sheets) to name a few things. Below their Product Finder is a link for “Colors and Finishes.” Again, Metal Sales was the only product line at both stores that has more than one color offering, and their main website shows at least 3 times the color options Home Depot carries for Metal Sales products.
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Lowes Metal Roofing

Lowe’s and Home Depot sell metal roofing, but only in select locations – mostly in northern states and in the Midwest. This is because there is not enough demand for these products in every store. Why? Well, smart guys at both of these companies did the market research and figured out that it does not make sense for them to stock metal roofing in every store. However, you can order online or at the Pro Desk, and in a couple of days your panels will be shipped to your nearest store, for pick-up.
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Lowes Metal Roofing

Like all things roofing, a professional contractor is your best bet for installation of metal roof. This article, however, is taking a different approach as we focus on products you can obtain through Home Depot and/or Lowe’s. A local carpenter or professional roofer may still be how the product gets installed, but depending on the home remodeling project and your needs, the DIY approach is within reach for many metal roofing applications.
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Lowes Metal Roofing

Whereas our research shows Lowe’s having limited options (under 10) for metal roofing panels, Home Depot offers at least 25 options, and more when taking color into account. Home Depot carries 2 brands when it comes to metal roof paneling: again the popular Fabral brand as well as Metal Sales, which is the predominant offering from Home Depot. Metal Sales is a manufacturer that’s been in business roughly as long as Fabral, though not as well known.
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Lowes Metal Roofing

States where ice dams, hail damage or wild fires are common problems, are prime locations to carry metal panels, because metal roofing is excellent at preventing ice dams, stopping hail or fire. In fact, in many states where wildfires are a big problem, homeowners can get home a insurance discount if they install a metal roof.
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Lowes Metal Roofing

When it comes to exposed fastener metal roof systems, Lowe’s has a small amount of corrugated and ribbed style panels. They primarily carry two manufacturers, the popular Fabral brand and the steadfast Union Corrugating Company (established in the 1950’s). The product offerings from Lowe’s by these 2 metal roofing companies are nearly identical, and the quality is essentially the same. The gauge for their corrugated metal panels is around 31, and for the ribbed panels, it is 29, possibly as low as 26.
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Lowes Metal Roofing

Home Depot sells the same type of 5-rib R Panel made by some “no name” brand – Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation. Honestly, I’ve never heard of them, while Fabral is a big player in the metal roofing industry.
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While metal roofing comes in a variety of metals, this article will stick mainly to steel as that is what the two retail outlets primarily offer. This may vary a bit by region as aluminum is a material known to handle ocean spray/saltwater better than steel. For most areas, galvanized steel is the primary offering for metal roofs. Galvanized steel does a few things, and one of those is making it easier to add coats of paint for further protection and increased aesthetic value.
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If corrugated metal panels are what you are seeking, then Home Depot is not the place to shop. There is an asphalt corrugated offering, but that is outside the scope of our article. Home Depot carries mainly ribbed style paneling and some standing seam options. In other words, metal roofing for the home, as well as other possible exterior applications.
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There are a few caveats to consider if going through Home Depot or Lowe’s as the middlemen in purchasing products. Color options will be limited quite a bit. For the average consumer, metal tiles, metal shingles and metal shake are not readily attainable from these stores. With that in mind, we will focus on the metal panels that are offered and available, plus make note of the other materials needed for installation, all of which are available from these stores.
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Home Depot provides standing seam panels. But the majority of what is provided from the two stores is the exposed fastener variety of panels. Another significant difference between the two is that the interlocking panels allows the overall metal roof to naturally expand or contract depending on how heat naturally affects metal. High heat (hot days) will lead to slight expansion while cooler temps (winter days) lead to contraction in the metal. With exposed fasteners, the difference is slight, but enough so that over several years, the fasteners will be impacted, loosened, and thus breaking what was otherwise a solid seal. The metal material itself is likely good to go for another 30 years or more beyond this, but because of the exposed fastener system, it may need to be addressed by re-fastening all areas. Standing seam with its concealed fasteners, will generally last a solid 40 years, even up to 75 years, as the seals are not as impacted by the hot/cold cycles.
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When it comes to color, this is a decision that you the homeowner can determine without all the technical jargon that comes with understanding other aspects of metal roof panels. It’s important to realize that manufacturers are baking colors onto the metal in a multi-step process that greatly enhances the overall quality of the metal panel. It’s less expensive to do coatings in a factory setting than it is for a professional to do it in the field. Color selection is a subject matter that can easily take up a full article. But basically, beyond what we’ve already touched on, you’ll want to give careful attention to coordinating color with other parts of the structure it is being applied to, contrasting it where that is appropriate and recognize that a properly installed metal roof on a home, with complete coloring, can greatly enhance curb appeal.
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keep in mind that the selection of Fabral metal roofing profiles available for purchase at Lowe’s may be limited. Now, If you go to the manufacturer’s website, you will find detailed product information about all the available styles and systems, as well as comprehensive installation guides. Once you have a good idea of what particular system / profile you are most interested in, head out to Lowe’s and speak to their sales team to learn more about the ordering process. Once again, I encourage you to do your due-diligence research about various styles and options on Fabral’s website first. – I believe back in school they used to call it “doing your homework”, ouch!
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I am not sure about the southern and mid western states, but here in New Hampshire, the ultimate snow country, you can buy Fabral metal roofing products straight from Lowe’s without having to wait for delivery for 7 to 10 days. The panel sizes start at 6 feet. – I would be curious to see how Lowe’s pricing compares to Harvey’s Industries prices for the same system including panels and trim?
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I have gathered more data on Lowe’s metal roofing than any other source, except for the company itself. The good part that I’m happy to share with you, is that since Sep. 2013, when I began tracking, prices have dropped by more than 20%!
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This is great news for ALL homeowners (and contractors) interested in CHEAP metal roofing options, because now this is on par with asphalt shingles, which have had only a marginal change of less than 2-5% depending on the brand and type of shingle. And this is when crude oil costs a mere $30 / barrel, and oil byproduct (bitumen) is the main and most expensive ingredient in manufacturing of asphalt shingles.

In our research, Lowe’s offers less options for metal roofing than Home Depot. It doesn’t appear to provide any standing seam panels, and the color availability is significantly less than what you’d find at Home Depot. With Lowe’s online, the information tends to vary by region, thus challenging, for us, to convey information that may not be accurate for all readers.