The hype behind solar roofing: what homeowners need to know

Talk of solar roofing is hot right now, as expected when Tesla joins the conversation. But the typical homeowner looking to replace a leaky roof now or upgrade before the leaks begin, can’t wait for — or likely afford — the Tesla option.  The nonprofit Metal Roofing Alliance explains that homeowners have options for energy efficient solar panel roofing systems that are available now.

In fact, the metal roofing industry has had the ability to incorporate solar panel products for years. The technology behind metal roofs as a base for generating energy savings is tried and true, and there’s no need to be on a waiting list to install it.

Here’s what homeowners should know about solar energy systems and roofing before they make a roofing change:

  • Invest in a roof first, not solar. If a roof needs to be repaired or replaced within 10 years, the solar system will have to be disconnected, removed, the roof replaced, then solar rebuilt and reconnected, adding to the product cost.


  • Metal makes a great base. Solar energy systems can be installed on metal roofs with simple attachment and clip solutions that do not put holes in the roof or add ballast, reducing potential leaks. Metal roofs will easily outlast the solar panels, making replacement easy.


  • Solar panels can be heavy. Installing solar on an asphalt roof involves either penetration or adding weight for a self-ballasted system. Both increase the possibility of roofing failures. Thin-film solar panels are now available to literally peel and stick to many metal roofing systems.


  • Metal is environmentally friendly. The metal roof, as well as the solar panels themselves, use various types of solar-to-electricity conversion and have been on the market for a number of years. All metal roofs are made of at least 25 percent recycled materials and are 100 percent recyclable.


“Nothing has greater potential to increase a home’s energy efficiency than the roof,” explains Renee Ramey, Executive Director of the nonprofit Metal Roofing Alliance.  “The roof can both reduce energy costs AND produce energy through the use of solar panels.”

Today’s residential metal roofing are made to look like common roofing material – such as asphalt shingles, cedar shake, clay tile or slate roofing – only stronger and more durable. No matter the style, solar panel systems can be incorporated either at the time of the metal roof installation or later.  Given their inherent strength, most homeowners who choose a metal roof will never have to worry about re-roofing again.

For more information, visit the Metal Roofing Alliance.


Can Your Roof Hold Up to Extreme Weather?

Your roof protects your home from everything Mother Nature can throw at it.  High winds, heavy rain, snow and hail can put a lot of stress on your roof.  Best to be sure your roof is up to the task.

Ever wonder how would your roof would react to having a large branch fall onto it?

John Miller found out just how sturdy his Drexel Metals Roof is when that exact thing happened.   Check out this photo taken by his contractor — the branch dented the metal roof panel, but did NOT penetrate through it.  So no water damage from the storm.

Now, that’s a statement about the strength and durability of a metal roof!  A quality metal roof is the key to long term protection for your home and family.

Want to find out how your home could look with a durable metal roof?  Check out the many styles on our website.  You can also upload a photo and “try on” various colors and styles with our free “My New Metal Roof” tool.

Ready to install a high quality metal roof?  You can also Find a Contractor in your area using our free service.



Time to Do a Roof Check Up!

Spring’s the perfect time to perform a roof checkup.  Mike Holmes has a great new article with everything you should consider.

Spoiler alert:  Mike loves metal roofs!  Here’s a quote from the article:  “A metal roof is my favourite kind of roof. Why? It’s efficient and it’s built to last. A metal roof will last you 50 years and stands up against high winds, and extreme weather like hail as well as resist mildew, rot, insects, and even fire. They’re made from recyclable materials and that means we see less garbage in our landfills. Metal is a smart investment that will increase the value of your home and keep your roof in good shape for decades.”
Read the whole article here.

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A Guide to Home Roofing Trends

Every house needs a roof—and the top roofing trends are always evolving. Today, homeowners can consider a variety of factors while selecting a roofing material, including sustainability, resale value, durability, weather resistance, and much more. With each passing year, new roofing materials and options gain popularity, allowing homeowners to change the way they live. The team at Fowler Homes, a contractor member of the non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance, built this guide to provide insight into the top trends in the industry for 2017.

The green building market continues to be high in demand, and an environmentally friendly home has a myriad of advantages. Not only can it boost resale value, but it can also help lower utility bills over time. While a roof that will decrease bills is typically more expensive upfront, it can pay off in the long run. As homeowners take more of an interest in green building, it will become increasingly important for the industry to offer a diverse variety of green roofing products and materials.  

Metal Roofing

So what is the best type of green building material? We often recommend metal roofing. This form of roofing is 100% recyclable and is Energy-Star rated for its sustainability. Additionally, metal roofs have an array of benefits, including:

  • Longer lifespan. Depending on the material, metal roofs can last up to 50 years.
  • Lower lifetime cost. Metal roofs require less maintenance than other types of roofs and tend to have less problems. Of course, metal roofs should still get a routine inspection to ensure repairs aren’t necessary.
  • Aesthetically pleasing appearance. There is a wide breadth of designs and installation techniques that make this form of roofing a popular choice for homeowners.
  • Durability. Metal roofs will not corrode with time. Instead, they are weather resistant and offer safety—homeowners need not worry about lightning strikes and other destructive forces.

Green roofing materials insulate a home just as well as non-green roofing materials. Because there is a variety of metal roofing styles and materials homeowners can choose from, there is truly a metal roofing type to match the look and feel of any home, including:

  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Tin
  • Copper
  • Stainless steel
  • Ribbed Panel or Corrugated Metal
  • Standing Seam
  • Metal Shingles
  • Copper Standing Seam
  • Stone Coated Steel Roofing

Metal roofing is also considered a “cool roofing option”, which means the roofing material is designed to minimize heat. Cool roofing can decrease energy consumption and roof maintenance costs.

The best roofing material in the world is useless if you don’t have quality contractors installing it correctly. Look for a roofing company that has great experience and aims to give customers 100% satisfaction. Make sure you trust quality roofers with your home!

If you’re in Georgia, click here to find out more about Fowler Homes.   To find a quality metal roofing contractor in other areas, homeowners can use the free Find-A-Contractor tool on the Metal Roofing Alliance website.

How Does Your Roof Impact the Environment?

Here’s a new infographic with key facts about metal roofs and the environment.

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Earth Day is a great time to think about making eco-friendly choices for your family. One of those choices can be your roof. And, the decision you make can have a big impact on the environment.

According to industry data, roughly 7 million U.S. homeowners replace their roof each year and many are looking for new ‘green’, energy-saving options.

Traditional asphalt shingles are a petroleum product and require replacement every 15-20 years (or sooner), resulting in about 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles ending up in U.S. landfills every year according to the EPA.  Asphalt shingles also increase dependency on fossil fuels.

Metal roofs are considered a sustainable option because they are made of at least 25 percent recycled materials and are 100 percent recyclable. Old refrigerators, dishwashers, automobiles, and even aluminum cans can be recycled into a high quality metal roof – with long term warranties, often 50 years or more.

As Earth Day 2017 approaches, here are a few things to know about eco-friendly metal roofs:

  1. Modern metal roofs have rust-proof coatings and are available in a wide range of styles to fit any neighborhood.  Many resemble traditional roofing materials such as tile or shake with the added benefit of sustainability.

  2. Steel products can be recycled repeatedly without loss of strength. When you buy steel, you’re always buying recycled.

  3. For homeowners looking to be aggressive with green living initiatives, metal roofs serve as an excellent platform for photovoltaic systems, solar panels, or harvesting rainwater for reuse/irrigation.

  4. A metal roof has the ability to reduce both cooling and heating energy use, saving homeowners up to 25% in utility bills.

  5. Metal roofs are significantly lighter than other roofing products. A metal roof can often be installed directly over asphalt shingles, reducing landfill waste.  

To learn more about quality metal roofing, visit the nonprofit Metal Roofing Alliance at