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Las Vegas Metal Roofing – The Best Choice for Your Roof

Metal Roof installation on a Las Vegas residence.

Are you thinking about metal roofing? Prestige Roofing is the premier metal roofing contractor in the Las Vegas Valley, with decades of experience installing beautiful, unique, and timeless metal roofs for our clients. Homeowners, businesses, government entities, and home builders turn to Prestige Roofing for the best results with copper, zinc, and other types of metal roofing options. We choose to work with metal due to its versatility, durability, beauty, and many other advantages.

Here are a few reasons why we believe metal is a great choice for your new or replacement roof:

Benefits of Installing a Metal Roof

Residential Copper metal roofing application in Las Vegas

Metal roofs have been used for a long time. Architects have recognized the value of metal as a roofing material since early times. Durable metal roofing has been utilized for hundreds of years around the world for various types of buildings and styles.  Metal roofs are renowned for their exceptional durability and longevity, making them a top choice among roofing systems. Unlike other materials, metal does not deteriorate over time, ensuring that your roof will remain strong and intact for decades. With their robust construction, metal roofing systems can withstand extreme weather conditions, including high winds and heavy precipitation. By investing in a metal roof, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your home or building is protected by one of the most reliable and long-lasting roofing systems available. Here are the reasons why we love recommending and installing metal roofing for our clients in Las Vegas:

    • Durability – Metals are naturally strong and sturdy materials that withstand extreme weather conditions such as high winds. Metal does not deteriorate like other roofing materials and will continue to look good, even improving in beauty, over the years.

    • Longevity – A well-installed metal roof can last for several decades, often surpassing the lifespan of the home itself. With a typical lifespan of 50-100 years, metal roofs offer long-term protection and peace of mind.

    • Fire Resistance – Protect your home with residential metal roofing. Metal is non-combustible and can help safeguard your property, especially in areas prone to wildfires.

    • Malleability – Softer metals like copper, zinc, and aluminum are malleable, making them useful for curved forms such as domes and arches, fixtures, and decorative features. Whether it’s a home, church, business, or any other type of building, they allow for artistry and creativity, resulting in beautiful outcomes.

    • Curb Appeal – Your home will stand out with the lasting beauty of residential metal roofing. A quality metal roof can increase the resale value of your home.

    • Low Maintenance – Metal roofs are highly durable and, if properly installed and secured, generally require minimal maintenance.

    • Lightweight – Unlike heavy clay or concrete tiles, metal roofs are lightweight, putting less strain on the structure they protect. These metal roof panels are also easier and less expensive to transport to the construction site.

    • Energy Efficiency – Metal roofing materials reflect solar heat, reducing the amount of heat transferred into your home. This energy-efficient feature helps to lower cooling costs during hot Las Vegas summers. Additionally, metal roofs provide insulation, reducing heat loss in winter and preventing ice dam formation. Metal roofing systems are an excellent choice for achieving Energy Star certification due to their reflective properties and insulation capabilities.

    • Environmentally Friendly – Metal roofing materials last longer than any other roofing material, resulting in fewer roof replacements over the lifetime of the home. This means fewer materials end up in landfills. And when the roof does need replacement, metal is fully recyclable and can be resold and reused.

    Copper Metal Roofing overhang on a Las Vegas home

    Like all choices for roofing materials, metal roofs do have a few drawbacks that are important to know before making a decision

    • Cost – Metal roof materials are generally more expensive than manufactured materials like asphalt, cement, or clay tiles. However, metal roofs last longer, require less maintenance, and add curb appeal, thus increasing the resale value of the home.
    • Dents – Metal roofs are susceptible to denting if struck by falling debris, such as tree branches. Thankfully, these dents can be repaired by a professional metal roofing expert.
    • Expansion and Contraction – Metal roofs expand and contract slightly with temperature fluctuations. However, with proper installation and secure fastening, this movement shouldn’t cause significant noise or other issues.
    • Noise – Improperly installed metal roofs can generate noise during rainstorms as raindrops hit the metal surface. However, professional installation with adequate underlayment and insulation mitigates this issue, resulting in a quiet and comfortable indoor environment.

    What Type of Metal Roof is Best for You?

    Prestige home in Las Vegas with metal roofing system

    In Las Vegas, copper and zinc stand out as excellent choices for metal roofing materials, offering both beauty and durability. These options are particularly well-suited for our desert climate, as they are energy-efficient and complement the open desert landscape.

    Copper – Renowned for its unique beauty, durability, and versatility, copper develops a natural green patina over time, adding a timeless aesthetic to your roof, while also protecting it from the elements. Copper is lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and energy-efficient. As a malleable metal, copper can be curved to create beautiful custom designs and fixtures. A properly installed copper roof will outlast most other roofs, lasting 100 years or more. A copper metal roofing installation can be used in commercial or residential roofing.

    Zinc – Like copper, zinc is known for its beauty. It also forms an attractive and protective patina over time, safeguarding the roof from corrosion and rust. Most zinc roofs come with the patina already in place, protecting it from the elements from the time of installation. Zinc is a good choice among metal roofing materials for coastal locations as the roof will be shielded from salt air. Zinc roofing has a long life, similar to copper, lasting 80-100 years or more.

    Other popular metal roof materials that homeowners and businesses may consider include:

    Aluminum – Aluminum is durable and will not corrode or rust, making it a good choice in rainy and humid climates. It’s also lightweight and easy to transport. As with the previously mentioned types of metal roofing, it is also a soft metal, and is subject to denting from falling debris. Like copper, aluminum is malleable and can be formed to achieve the desired design. And like copper, an aluminum roof will last. The typical lifespan of an aluminum roof is about 50 years.

    Steel – Steel: Known for its strength, steel is commonly used in commercial metal roofing and is becoming increasingly popular for residential applications. Steel is fire-resistant, low maintenance, and not subject to mold and mildew. However, if not kept clean and free from pooling water, steel will corrode over time. A steel roof will last 40-60 years.

Create a Unique Look with Las Vegas Metal Roofing Designs

Gazebo structure with copper roofing in Las Vegas

Metal roofing, especially with soft metals like copper, zinc, and aluminum, can be formed into shapes to fit any architectural need, from roof panels, rain gutters, vents, and louvers to porticos, walls, arches, cupolas, and more. Experienced metal workers, working with your architect or general contractor, can create whatever shape or architectural element you need to achieve a unique and special look. Our work on Las Vegas metal roofing projects includes many private homes, including custom homes in McDonald’s Highlands and celebrity homes, as well as local and state government buildings and many others.

In conclusion, opting for a metal roof offers numerous advantages for homeowners and businesses alike. With their exceptional durability, long life, and energy-efficient properties, metal roofing systems provide a reliable and sustainable solution for protecting your property. The ability to reflect solar heat and insulate the home not only contributes to energy savings but also helps create a comfortable living environment. Additionally, metal roofs are environmentally friendly, as they reduce the need for frequent replacements and can be fully recycled. When it comes to choosing a roofing system that combines longevity, energy efficiency, and environmental consciousness, metal roofing, with its Energy Star-rated performance, stands out as a top choice. Make the smart investment in a metal roof today and enjoy its benefits for years to come.

Professional and Experienced Las Vegas Metal Roof Installers

Copper Metal Roofing Installation by Prestige, Las Vegas Metal Roof Experts

Prestige Roofing, a reputable Las Vegas metal roofing contractor, set out over 25 years ago to build the best roofs in Las Vegas. We believe we have achieved that, with hundreds of new and replacement roofs installed, as well as roofs repaired and maintained for clients across the Las Vegas valley. Our dedicated and experienced team of qualified roofers and metal artisans are here to help you with your metal roof projects, as well as tile, slate, and shingle roofing. Take a look at some of our projects in our online portfolio and give us a call to get more information.

Huge luxury home with new tile roof in Henderson, Nevada

Clay or Concrete Tile Roofing for your Las Vegas Home?

There are quite a few reasons for the enduring popularity of tile roofs. When properly installed, you get a potent combination of energy savings, durability, beauty and protection that many other roofing materials can’t match. The two most popular types of tile roofing are concrete and clay tiles. But which one suits your home if you’re looking to build a new home or reroof your existing home? How well does each version hold up under various seasonal weather conditions, particularly here in Las Vegas? Let’s look at how clay and concrete roof tiles compare in some important categories.

Weight of Roof Tiles

Your home must be able to bear the weight of your roofing materials, which is why we’re looking at this category first. The weight of concrete tiles can be anywhere from 820 to 1,100 pounds per square foot. Compare that to clay, which comes to only 600-650 pounds per square foot. That means concrete tiles can weight up to 40% more than clay tiles.If you’re considering going with clay or concrete tiles for your new or existing roof, and you have not previously cleared it for tile roofing, have the frame of your home inspected by a qualified roofing engineer. This will make sure the integrity of your home isn’t compromised. You may have to add additional support to handle the extra weight of the tiles.

Water Absorption

Clay roof tiles on a gently sloped roof brown and aged

Las Vegas experiences its own “monsoon season” which brings heavy rainstorms and even hail to the area. Both concrete and clay tiles have a high resistance to heavy winds and hail. However, clay tiles have an advantage when it comes to heavy rains. They only absorb around 6% of water, lowering the chances of mildewing and other water damage. Certain varieties of tiles come with ceramic finishes, reducing water retention rates and mildew concerns to nearly zero. Concrete tiles, on the other hand, have a water absorption rate of up to 13%, twice that of clay. While most homes are built to handle normal precipitation, you may have concerns the changing climate may bring instances of unusually heavy rainfall. Talk to your roofing engineer about the best way to protect your roof and home from damage in that situation.


Southwest style tile roof home and garden with new tile roof and roof fixtures

Both clay and concrete tiles leave most other roofing materials in the dust when it comes to longevity. Still, clay is king when it comes to endurance, capable of lasting through several generations of homeowners. Many clay roofs look fantastic decades after installation, with a lifespan of 60-100 years. Concrete tiles are highly durable as well, lasting 50 or more years. Even though Las Vegas generally has relatively mild winters, we do have occasional snowfalls and freezes. Clay may shatter under extreme freeze-and-thaw conditions, while concrete tiles don’t have the same vulnerability.

Ease of Maintenance

If you have a tile roof, you are not off the hook for general roof maintenance. Remember the underlayment of your roof, including the membrane that keeps moisture from entering your home, may need repair or replacement before the tiles themselves have to be replaced. Have your roof inspected regularly to catch problems or wear-and-tear early. 


Multicolor concrete roof tiles on sloped roof

Since it’s a natural material, clay tiles coated with the right finish can maintain their brightness for decades. The color-thru technology used to give concrete tiles their appearance can wear off over time, causing them to fade. The porousness of the material makes concrete tiles more prone to absorbing stains than clay tiles. Talk to your roofer about how your tiles will age before you decide so you have a good idea of what to expect. Concrete tiles are available in many colors and designs, including tiles that look like wood, clay, slate, and stone. That gives you a few more options over you choices in clay tiles. You can also give your roof a unique look by blending several different concrete tile colors and varieties.For a unique, classic look, you may even decide to use antique or reclaimed tiles for your roof project. These tiles may be sourced from Europe or other places to provide a classic look to your home. Reclaimed tiles can enhance the beauty and value of your home and, properly prepared and installed, will provide the same protection as new tiles.

Consult a Las Vegas Roofing Professional

Tile roofing is a great solution for many homeowners. A tile roof provides you with a long-lasting, beautiful roof that is well-suited to our strong suns and southwest architectural styles. The cost of tile roofing is reasonable, providing good value over time due to its durability and protective qualities. And there are many color and design options that make tile an exciting choice so you can build the roof that fits your taste and needs. Both clay and concrete tiles are great options for any Las Vegas home.For the best results of your roofing project, consult an experienced and qualified roofing professional before making a roofing material decision. A professional roofer can evaluate the state of your home and provide you with the choices that will best suit your needs. For more information on how to select a new tile roof in Las Vegas, call Prestige Roofing today at 702-646-7536.

Saving Energy and your Roof

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, more than half of the average American homeowner’s utility bill goes to pay for heating and cooling. If you live in Las Vegas like we do, you know how big that energy bill can get during very hot or very cold months. The good news is that there are a number of ways that you can make your home more energy efficient, and more comfortable. Your roof is one important part of that solution.

Whether you’re concerned that your home is actively losing hot or cool air through your roof, or you just want to make sure your roof is helping to keep your energy costs down, here are some steps you can take to make your roof as energy efficient as possible.

Assessing Your Roof’s Health

An important step in optimizing the energy efficiency of your roof is to make sure it is free of problems. It’s important to make stainless steel exhaust fan on roofregular checks of your roof, inside and outside the house, for signs of holes, leaks, mold or other damage that may be allowing energy to escape or creating other problems like contributing to asthma or allergies. A high utility bill may be your first sign you have a problem, or you may notices drafts, uneven temperatures from room to room, dry air in winter or a layer of dust in the rooms directly below your attic.

From outside, you may observe broken tiles or missing shingles, or see loose metal flashing around seams, fixtures or chimneys. You may notice signs of storm damage, such as damage from fallen branches or loose shingles due to high winds. You may have ice dams blocking your gutters in winter which can cause long-term damage as well.

Inside your home, check ceilings for stains from leaks in the roof. Visit your attic and identify gaps or holes that allow light or where you feel drafts or excess heat entering the room. Signs that your roof has mold or leaks are often visible to the naked eye. Water stains, discoloration and peeling or cracked paint may appear on your ceiling or walls. Many homeowners have a physical reaction to mold; if you find yourself experiencing symptoms such as itchy skin, a runny nose or watery eyes without any other obvious cause, mold from moisture getting into your roof may be to blame.

Checking for Adequate Attic Insulation

Clean work checking the energy efficiency of their house by measuring the thickness of fiberglass insulation in the atticOccasionally, signs like high utility bills, drafts or uneven temperatures throughout your home can be due to inadequate insulation in your attic. Performing a quick check of your insulation levels is easy. Take a look across your attic; if you can see your attic’s floor joists, your insulation is probably inadequate. Adding more insulation may help you save on your heating and cooling costs.

Roof Repair Options

If you discover that your roof does have holes, leaks, mold or other damage, or you find that your insulation is insufficient, you have the option of repairing your roof yourself. However, for all but the most experienced do-it-yourselfers, roof repairs are difficult. Attempting to repair a roof problem without the right knowledge and safety equipment can result in more damage that may be costlier in the long run. Hiring a professional roofer to carry out your repair may cost you money up front, but the savings on future repairs and on your utility bill can be substantial.  At Prestige Roofing, we offer a no-obligation free quote on fixing any roof problem.

To see for yourself how energy efficient your home is now, check how your home’s current energy use measures up and explore your potential energy savings.

Roof Replacement Options

Older homes, remodeled homes or homes built with inadequate roofing may require a roof replacement. If your home does Roofing trouble - damage to shingles that needs repairneed a complete roof replacement, choosing an energy-saving roofing material can help lower your utility bills even further. Homeowners who are truly serious about minimizing their home energy use related to heating and cooling may want to consider some of the newer “cool roof” technologies. Cool roofs are designed to absorb less heat and reflect more sunlight than a traditional roof and to minimize the need for air conditioning. They are particularly well-suited to hot climates like Las Vegas. Cool roofs can be made out of a range of materials, including light-colored and highly reflective paint, reflective shingles, tiles or solar paneling. “Green” roofs, or roofs finished with plants and grass, are an innovative type of cool roof that are particularly popular in warm, urban environments.

Installing Solar on your Roof

Solar energy is a growing part of the energy efficiency movement, offering an alternative source of energy to homeowners. Many homeowners choose this option where it is available, and it can result in both energy and cost savings over the long term. Solar panels can be safely installed on most types of roofs, including shingles, tile and metal roofs. Whether it’s a practical choice for your roof depends more on factors such as the angle and orientation of the roof to the sun and how much tree cover surrounds the home. However, before any solar installation, and especially if your roof is older or has sustained damage from weather, falling branches or other problems, be sure to have your professional roofer inspect your roof before the panels are installed. This gives you a chance to find problems that might otherwise be hidden and get worse after the panels are in place, making the repairs more difficult and more costly.

In the near future, expect to see more solar roofing options, including roofs made of solar tiles that look and act like regular roof tiles but that are actually solar cells that use the span of your roof to directly and efficiently provide energy to your home. Energy efficiency improvements will be a big part of the exciting future of roofs and roofing materials.

Save Energy with Tile or Metal Roofing

Whether made with reflective tiles or with more traditional tiles of concrete or clay, tile roofs are an effective option for reducing your energy bill. When properly installed, a tile roof lowers the amount of heat that is transmitted through the roof to the attic by almost 50 percent, according to the Oak Ridge National Laboratories. Tile is a durable insulator, preventing both cool and hot air from escaping your home.

Energy efficiency through copper roofing on new home in Henderson, NVMetal roofing is another quality roofing option that can provide homeowners with a significant savings on heating and cooling costs. Many homeowners are surprised to find that metal roofs help keep homes cooler during hot, sunny months, but in fact roofs made of metals such as copper and zinc are highly reflective and can save up to 40 percent on cooling costs during the summer. Moreover, metal roofs that are treated with reflective pigments can also re-emit as much as 90 percent of your home’s absorbed solar radiation for further energy savings. Metal roofs are exceptionally durable and add beauty and value to your home, even as you enjoy the energy efficiency savings they provide.

Ask a Las Vegas Professional Roofer

If you want your home to be more energy efficient, consider the important role your roof plays in keeping your energy costs under control. A simple roof inspection may turn up problems that can be easily repaired and start saving you money right away.  If you would like us to take a look at your roof or have any questions on how to make your roof more energy efficient, give Prestige Roofing a call today.

The Energy Efficiency of Cool Roofing and Metal Roofs

Everywhere you look, concern for the environment is changing how we live, how we shop and, for home builders and roofers, how we build. Consumers today are increasingly aware of the effects of carbon emissions on the environment and the need to use less energy and resources to save money, and to save the planet. Roofing is a key building component where a lot of energy can be saved, and both cool roofing and metal roofing are great ways to improve the energy efficiency of any building.

Solar panel technician on roof with solar panels

Benefits of Cool Roofing

The future of roofing lies in reducing the heat absorbed by roofs of buildings and homes, and turning roofs into places of energy conservation, even clean energy generation. New roofing materials and types of roofing on the market are aimed to do the following:

  • Reflect sunlight to reduce local air temperatures
  • Reduce electricity use needed for air conditioning when buildings heat up
  • Reduce power emissions due to less electricity use
  • Make better use of roof space with innovative ideas
  • Decrease landfill waste using recycled materials
  • Increase property value by protective the building/residence

Types of Cool Roofing

A Word on Solar Roofing

Solar roofing, sold today mostly in the form of solar panels attached to the roof, allows homeowners and businesses to capture the rays of the sun and convert them to energy. This helps reduce fossil fuel energy use, but also help to cool the roof, lowering overall cooling costs on hot days and locking in warmth on cold days.  Now solar roofing is being developed that will incorporate solar panels designed right into the roofing. Solar shingles are already available that incorporate a semiconductor layer that generates energy, much like solar panels do. Recently, Elon Musk of Tesla, along with SolarCity, has recently announced he plans to develop an integrated “beautiful roof that is a solar roof” that will be attractive as well as generate power for use in the home or to send back to the energy grid. It will be an attractive alternative to today’s solar panels.

Of course, there are other ways to create a cool roof beyond a solar roof. Here are a few trends in roofing that we will see more of in the future.

White Roofs

man saving energy by painting a whitewashed roof overlooking the sea in sunny GreeceOne trend is growing in cities and towns everywhere:  painting roofs with reflective materials can drastically conserve energy.  A “global whitewashing”, as Energy Secretary Steven Chu called it, would reduce carbon emissions by 44 billion tons of carbon dioxide if roofs and pavement were made to be more energy efficient.

In creating a “white roof”, a special white paint is used on roof surfaces to protect it from UV light. Similar to how you might wear light-colored clothing, or purchase a car with beige seats rather than black seats, white roofs absorb less sunlight, thereby reducing the “urban heat island effect”, which causes cities to have hotter temperatures than their suburb counterparts. These coatings are thick and reflective, and a variety of products are available for different roof types.  The concept of “white roofing” has been practiced for years in places like sunny Greece where buildings and roofs are routinely painted white to reflect the sunlight and keep the building’s interior cooler.

Green Roofs

In the future, you will likely see more and more green roofs, or roofs with gardens and yards. These roofs include grass, shrubs, and plants, and thrive on rooftops because of the sunlight they absorb. Monaco building examples of energy efficient green roofing with green gardens on the roofAdditionally, it offers a place for insects and wildlife to thrive in the otherwise barren city landscape. If more and more rooftops go green, you could even start seeing small animals like birds, snakes, and squirrels living comfortably on top of buildings. Not only does this “green roof” help cool buildings, but the plants can produce oxygen and also absorb noise, which is incredibly important in an urban landscape.

Protected Membrane Roofs

Protected Membrane Roofs (PMRs) last longer than normal roofs and protect your home or building from extreme climate change. With PMRs, the insulation is on top of the membrane instead of underneath, which helps it maintain temperatures inside whatever it is covering. There are various kinds of membranes, some with more layers than others.

Metal Roofing Can Reduce Energy Usage and Save You Money

Among the best energy saving roofing solutions is metal roofing. Metal roofing is an increasingly popular type of roof that conserves energy, is highly durable and adds beauty to your home. While most people energy efficient copper roofing in a McDonald Highlands home in Las Vegas, NVassume metal roofing might make your home hotter, metals such as zinc, copper, steel, and aluminum naturally absorb heat, but then more quickly release it back into the air. These metals can be molded into beautiful designs and coated with different colors into attractive looking sheets, panels, and shingles. Special paints and coatings can increase the reflectivity of the metal. According to the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, while normal asphalt roofing traps heat, metal roofing reflects up to 90% of solar radiation back into the atmosphere, with the potential to reduce energy usage by up to 40%.

In addition to energy savings, metal roofing can be an environmentally friendly choice. Metal roofing may be made from recycled material. It can even be installed directly over your existing roof, reducing the time and cost of roof replacement.  And, of course, at its end of life, metal roofing can be recycled to be used again, reducing the impact on landfills.

Additional Benefits of Metal Roofing

  • Custom copper roofing on a suburban Las Vegas homeMetal roofing is one of the most durable materials, both fire resistant and waterproof
  • Metal rooftops typically have the longest lifespan, lasting up to 70 years or more
  • Over time, it can improve the value of your home thanks to its protective properties

As consumer trends point towards more energy-efficient buying habits, the future of roofing looks promising. Rooftops can be otherwise wasted space, but instead, today, manufacturers are more and more seeing roofing as an opportunity to not only beautify a home, but also make the most of the roof area to reduce the building’s energy usage and cost, and help the environment.

Prestige Roofing specializes in the fabrication and installation of top quality custom metal roofing. We have completed dozens of projects in Las Vegas and Henderson, helping homeowners, civic institutions and businesses beautify their homes and buildings, adding value and increasing their energy savings with custom copper, zinc and other metal roofing. See our gallery for more examples like these photos, or get a free estimate on an environmentally-friendly, beautiful metal roof for your new or remodeled home.