Why Choose a Metal Roof?

According to a recent survey, metal roofing is now the second most popular style of roofing in the U.S.   Why do homeowners choose a metal roof?  The top two reasons are longevity and strength and protection for their home.  See below for all of the survey results:


Why Homeowners Choose a Metal Roof

With long-term warranties up to 50 years and the built-in strength of steel or aluminum, a metal roof easily outlasts other roofing materials. For most homeowners, a metal roof is the last roof they’ll ever have to buy for their home.  A standard asphalt shingle roof lasts 12-15 years, while metal roofs typically last 50 years or more.

Want to see how your house could look with a metal roof?  Check out our free “My New Metal Roof” tool on our website.  You can upload a photo and “try on” a variety of styles and colors of metal roofs to help you choose the one that you like best!


How the Right Roof Can Add Value to Your Home

If you’re planning to sell your home, you’ll need to start by looking at it through a potential buyer’s eyes.  

Home buyers usually have pretty full wishlists, with features such as an open concept floor plan, hardwood floors, or a spacious yard. The less-than-glamorous features like a “sturdy roof” are more of a given than a wish-list item, though. But not all roofs are created equal, and you might be surprised at how your home’s appeal can skyrocket when you replace worn-out asphalt shingles with premium roofing material.

Drexel Metal Roof


Why Choose Metal Roofing?

A tired, sagging roof can certainly take away from your home’s value, but a new asphalt roof isn’t guaranteed to do you any favors, monetarily speaking. A decent roof that doesn’t put the house at risk of damage is an expectation for every home buyer; therefore, a functional, run-of-the-mill one will not likely hold singular appeal.

But a new metal roof can become a selling point that puts money in your pocket. Here are a few reasons why metal roofing is a serious plus to both the seller and the buyer:


No matter what kind of metal roofing style you choose, you’ll never have to worry about your roof again. Most come with a true 30 to 50 year warranty.

Visually appealing

 In addition to their inherent charm and uniqueness, metal roofing materials can be manufactured in countless styles and colors to fit the aesthetic of your home. Today’s metal roofs offer a rainbow of color choices, and high quality finishes to prevent rusting. 

Metal Roof Styles

Energy efficient and eco-friendly 

Roofing materials that reflect radiant heat instead of absorbing it help your home stay cool in hot, sunny weather and better insulate it in the winter. If your home’s environmental impact is of concern to you, it’s worth noting that asphalt roofing accounts for 20 billions pounds of waste annually, whereas metal roofing can be made from recycled materials and can be recycled once dismantled from your home.

Low maintenance and durable

Metal roofs are virtually maintenance-free, making them attractive to home buyers. Metal roofs also offer superior protection from extreme weather, such as hail, strong winds and wildfires.”

Why You Shouldn’t Wait

Replacing your roof prior to selling can feel like an intimidating investment. But if it’s old, damaged, or in need of any work, it will deter buyers—they’ll simply see an expensive project or a damaging incident waiting to happen. Here are a few signs you should replace an asphalt roof:

  •       If it’s older than 25 years
  •       If the shingles are turning upward at the corners or bulging in the middle
  •       Shingles are falling off or cracked
  •       The roof is sagging

If you see any of these signs, it’s better to go ahead and act before your home incurs any damage.

It’s difficult to put a number on how much a roof will add to your home value, but in addition to spiking the dollar sign, it can also help buyers fall in love with your home at first glance.

For more information on energy-efficient, sustainable metal roofing, visit the Metal Roofing Alliance at www.MetalRoofing.com.


An Open Letter to Facebook’s CEO:  Use a Metal Roof to Protect ALL of Your New Homes


Investment Grade Roofing Logo

To:  Mark Zuckerberg

From: Bill Hippard, Executive Director, Metal Roofing Alliance

Date:  March 27, 2016

Re:  Metal Roofs Aren’t Just for Panic Houses

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,

Your Palo Alto home plans have created headlines this week.  Kudos to you for wanting to protect your family – that’s an instinct we all share.  Based on the plans we’ve seen referenced, at least one of the new homes will be built to last.  And not just because of the reported brick walls and steel doors.  It’s the standing seam metal roof that will provide decades of protection for your so-called “panic house.”  Resistant to cracking, shrinking and eroding, attractive metal roofs can work with any type of architecture, and withstand extreme weather conditions throughout their long, long life.

Clearly, you’re working with architects who know that a metal roof is not only an aesthetically- pleasing option, it’s also the best choice for a home that’s meant to provide a safe haven.  We’re just confused as to why you would choose wood shake roofs for the other planned homes, particularly in California with the constant threat of wildfires.

We think we can offer you a better alternative.  The members of the Metal Roofing Alliance create eco-friendly metal roofs that resemble other styles of roofing, including cedar shakes, but with the inherent benefits of metal.  So all of your new homes could have sustainable, energy-efficient metal roofs that are non-combustible.  In addition, metal roofs are made from recycled materials, and are 100% recyclable at the end of their long life.  These environmental benefits seem like they’d be important to you.

We’re happy to work with you and your architecture firm to recommend a variety of styles of metal roofing for your new homes.  Your switch to all metal roofs has the ability to inspire others to make sustainable choices that can positively impact our environment while protecting your family.

Please check out our website, www.MetalRoofing.com to learn more and get all of our contact info. Of course, you can also visit our Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/metalroofingalliance/.

Here are some examples of eco-friendly, non-combustible metal roofs manufactured by our MRA members.

Gerard Canyon Shake

Country Manor Shake by Classic Metal Roof



Will A Metal Roof Work for Your Home?

Wonder if a metal roof will fit into your neighborhood?   Don’t give it a second thought – the answer is YES!  Today’s metal roofs can be manufactured to mimic the look of traditional roofing materials, but offer many more benefits.

Yep, It's Metal

While the above roofs may look like tile, slate or wood shake roofs, they are in fact all investment grade metal roofs by members of the Metal Roofing Alliance.  These quality metal roofs will last for decades, reduce your energy bills and are an eco-friendly choice for your home.

If you prefer the architectural look of standing seam metal roofs, that’s of course another option.   We have a photo gallery with tons of choices.

Standing Seam Metal Roofs

Why keep wondering?  You can use the FREE “My New Metal Roof” tool on our website, upload a photo of your home, and “try on” a variety of styles and colors.

You can also follow the Metal Roofing Alliance on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter for more info.

Celebrate Earth Day Every Day with a Metal Roof

Searching for ideas to make your home a greener place to live, with a smaller eco-impact?  This Earth Day, start by looking up – the roof over your head can make a big difference to the environment.

celebrate earth day Every Day

Most people never think about their roof until there is a problem with it.  Planning ahead is the key to making wise, eco-friendly home choices.  Consider these Earth Day roofing facts:

  • Did you know that asphalt shingles are a petroleum product, with a big environmental impact? Not only are asphalt shingles adding to dependency on fossil fuels, they need to be replaced every 15-20 years, and there is no good way to dispose of them – landfills are full of asphalt shingles.
  • Eco-friendly products, including metal roofs, are rapidly replacing petroleum-based asphalt shingles.
  • Highly reflective “cool” colored metal roofs look just like traditional roofs, provide year-round relief from high energy costs, and are sustainable, green building products.
  • ORNL’s field tests have also shown the combination of venting and increased reflectance can reduce the heat penetrating the roof deck by about 45 percent for stone-coated metal roofs compared to an asphalt shingle roof in certain climates. Ongoing research with standing-seam cool-colored metal roofs is showing similar results.
  • Metal roofing provides a market for recycled materials. An old car, dishwasher or refrigerator can be recycled to re-roof a home.  All steel roofs contain a minimum of 25% recycled content, and many have a much higher percentage. At the end of its useful life, metal roofing is 100 percent recyclable — other roofing materials are routinely removed and disposed of by the ton in landfills.
  • Photovoltaic Systems and Solar Panels can easily be integrated into metal roof systems, making them an even better choice. Metal roofs can also allow consumers to harvest rainwater for reuse.

For more information about Earth-friendly metal roofing, visit the Metal Roofing Alliance website at www.MetalRoofing.com.  You can also use our free tool to see how your home could look with a new metal roof.