Metal shingle- or tile roofing looks quite different than sheet roofing. With these, metal is formed into shapes that imitate Spanish and mission tile, wood shakes, slate, and Victorian metal tiles. Most are made from painted or coated steel or aluminum that has been pressed or formed into realistic shapes.
Metal shingle systems are manufactured as panels that have the appearance of several tiles or shingles joined together. They also come as individual shingles. The larger panels, typically about 4 feet long, are designed for quick installation and to bridge across irregularities. Single shingles, meant to be applied one by one, can be easier to handle and more accommodating (they require less cutting) on irregular or complicated roofs.