Metal Roofs

By Robert Robillard on Roofing

Metal Roofs

Metal Roofs On Rise

I have three theories on why you see more metal roofs are on the rise.  First, let’s look at the state of Maine where metal roofs are common.

Many of the roofs you see in Maine are the old, thin tin “barn roofs” which were very popular on agricultural buildings. These roofs were popular because they were readily available at building supply stores, and offered the following features:

  • were low in cost,
  • offered a resistance to fire,
  • had an ability to shed snow better
  • advertised to have longer longevity.

Many of these roofs are still around today but are often very rusty and in bad shape.

Manufacturers, lumber yards and roofing companies are now starting to  market their metal roofs in other areas in addition to their already saturated rural areas such as New Hampshire or Maine.

Higher Up-Front Cost

A new metal roof costs more money to purchase and install upfront than  asphalt shingles but have a much better longevity and return on investment.    Asphalt roofing has enjoyed the reputation as being the  industry standard in this area and has a very strong foothold.

Metal Roofs

New Generation of Metal Roofs

During the past 20 years, an entirely new genre of metal roofing products has emerged to rival more-conventional materials. They are highly durable, lightweight, fire-resistant, colorful and easier to install.

According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, the popularity of metal roofing products has increased dramatically over the past decade, a clear sign that homeowners and builders are growing more and more aware of it’s benefits, such as, it’s durability, fire retardant qualities, color choices and almost being maintenance-free.

Standing-Seam Most Popular

Standing-seam steel roofing is the most popular residential metal roofing today. Standing-seam describes the upturned edge of one metal panel that connects it to adjacent sections, creating distinctive vertical lines and a very cool historical look.

Today, metal roofs come in a variety of design styles that look similar to wood shakes, clay tiles, shingles, and Victorian metal tiles.


Metal roofing typically can cost as much as $600 per square, making it a fairly expensive choice. Approximately 30 plus percent more than a typical asphalt room

Metal roofs are a green choice as well. They are made from between 60 percent to 65 percent recyclable material, they weigh very little, they last longer [50 +\- years] and weather better than asphalt shingles, can be installed over existing roofs, can be recycled when replaced, all of which eliminates the need to dispose of excess material in a landfill.

Metal roofs are also good choice for areas that experience high winds, and are able to resist higher mile per hour winds than asphalt shingles. Metal roofs are fire proof roof longevity is a factor for the homeowner planning to stay in the home. Although a metal roof costs more initially, in the long run it’s cheaper. Most metal roof manufacturers will guarantee approximately fifty years, which is conservative.

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