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Four Reasons to Consider Metal Roofs


Over the past few years, we have seen a significant increase in the use of metal roofs in the residential sector. In fact, the Metal Roofing Alliance estimates that more than 750,000 U.S. homeowners chose a metal roof to protect their families in 2015. According to their survey, the Metal Roofing Alliance identified eight reasons homeowners are making the switch to metal roofs. Here is a breakdown of the four most popular reasons people are using metal roofs to protect their homes.

1. Metal roofs have longevity.

Depending on the material, metal roofs can last anywhere between 40 and 70 years. That’s a significant increase when compared to the life expectancy of a traditional asphalt roof, which may only last between 12 and 20 years.

2. Metal roofs are durable and offer strong protection.

Metal roofs have been known to be very durable, some withstanding wind gusts up to 140 miles-per-hour. Metal roofs will not corrode or crack and won’t spark or ignite into flames if struck by lightning or a wildfire. Roof attributes, such as roof clips, weathertight sealing and steel-rod bracing have been known to keep metal roofs in great, long-lasting condition that requires less maintenance than traditional roofing systems.

3. Metal roofs are a good investment.

In the long run, metal roofs provide a number of cost-saving benefits. For example, metal roofs can function as “cool roofs” and repel, rather than absorb, the sun’s heat during the hotter months. This reduces air conditioning costs for the home as a whole. In addition to reducing the home’s energy costs through lowering its temperature, solar reflective coated metal roofs are compliant with Energy Star®, LEED®, ASHRAE® and other code body standards. The selection of solar reflective metal roofing can often lead to points or credits offered by the various code writing organizations. Reflective coatings also protect the roof substrate from harmful UV rays, extending the life of the roof and saving replacement costs.

4. Metal roofs are attractive

The metal roofing industry today manufactures colors and textures to fit all types of aesthetic and color requirements. No matter the building profile, architects and designers can find products that work in tandem with coatings to incorporate bold textures and patterns into a finished roofing system. Whether it’s color-shifting patterns or textured panels that emulate the look and feel of wood or shale, choosing a metal roof opens up a homebuilder’s options to a world of possibilities.

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10 thoughts on “Four Reasons to Consider Metal Roofs

  1. It’s amazing to know that reflective coatings has the ability to protect the substrate of a roof from harmful UV rays which can result in a longer lifespan of a roof. Our new house is going to be constructed soon. Since this is a precious investment for us, it is important for us to ensure that we will consider all the materials that will contribute to its durability and longevity. It will make sense for us to consider reflective coatings that can save us from replacement costs in the future. I will make sure to consider all your tips.


  2. It’s interesting that you talked about how metal roofs can withstand strong gusts of wind. My wife and I have been looking for someone to put a roof on our new house. It would be smart to choose metal because it is really windy where we live.


  3. I’m grateful for your advice about the benefits of metal roofing because of its durability as it can last anywhere between 40 and 70 years. Our roof is a bit worn out, and we’re considering on replacing it. Thanks for mentioning that metal roofing will not corrode or crack and won’t spark or ignite into flames if struck by lightning or a wildfire. Thanks for the tips!


  4. It sure got my attention when you said that one of the advantages of using metal roofing is the idea that it lasts somewhere between 40 to 70 years when taken care of properly. If that is the case, then I will make sure that I suggest using metal roofing to my parents for the next house renovation. They wanted a roofing material that they won’t have to place for a long time, and this is what I found. Thanks for the info!


  5. I liked your point about metal roofs being a good investment. It definitely grabbed my attention that you could receive credits for choosing your roof. My wife and I are looking at a new roof right now and we’ll keep these tips in mind, thanks!


  6. Thanks for bringing to my attention that metal roofs can last between 40 and 70 years, which is far longer than an asphalt roof. My area had a pretty big windstorm a few days ago, and I’m going to have to replace my roof entirely. I’d prefer something that is durable and that will last a long time, so maybe metal is a better option for us.


  7. It was interesting to know that metal roofs can withstand gusts up to 140 miles per hour because they are known to be durable. This sounds like a good investment for me since I am planning to have our old roof replaced. My goal is to find a roofing material that can save me from replacement and repair costs in the long run, most especially that we are living in an area that is prone to hurricane damages. Thanks for sharing this.


  8. The best part of your blog for me is when you said that metal roofs don’t corrode or crack, so they are known to be very durable. My husband and I are interested in starting the construction of our apartment building before the last quarter of the year starts. Maybe, we can consider shopping for metal structures and materials to ensure that all the parts of the building can withstand the test of time.


  9. Thank you for explaining about how durable metal roofs are. We’ve been thinking about investing in a new roof that will last as long as we live in our home. It seems like this could be something that will last us a long time and can withstand the weather we have here.


  10. It was intriguing to learn that metal roofs, which are renowned for their durability, can resist wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour. As I want to replace our outdated roof, this seems like a wise investment to me. Finding a residential  roofing material that can save me from having to replace it or pay for repairs in the long term is my main objective, especially given that we live in a region that is vulnerable to hurricane damage. I appreciate you sharing this.


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