Homeowners have more options for roofing materials thanks to new metal stylesAmy Thornley Homeowners in the market for a new roof might want to take a closer look at metal. The metal roofs of today are stylish, colorful and sustainable.
“Metal roof adoption in the U.S. has increased significantly over the past few years, now capturing about 14 percent of the market,” says Darcie Meihoff of the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA). “Homeowners are pointing to metal roofing’s longevity, style, reliability and ability to stand up against Mother Nature as its biggest benefits.” According to consumer research conducted by the MRA in spring of 2018, metal is now the second most preferred type of roofing material.
One major reason for this surge in popularity could be metal’s reputation as a good choice for sustainability. Metal roofs can last more than 50 years and often can be repainted rather than replaced.
They are ENERGY STAR qualified as “Cool Roofs,” naturally reflecting and absorbing less heat than asphalt. Some metal roofs even make use of special “cool technology” coatings to keep your home cooler and save even more energy.
The metal used in roofing is often made from recycled materials and can be recycled at the end of its life rather than sitting in a landfill. For those considering solar panels, upgrading to a metal roof is almost a necessity.
“Homeowners considering solar must be sure that their roof will last as long as their solar panels, which have an average lifespan of at least 25 years,” says Meihoff. “It is exceedingly expensive to have to replace a roof after solar is installed, so metal is the way to go.”
Those thinking of industrial buildings, modern lines or silos may need to adjust their expectations. Metal roofing has undergone a style upgrade and you can now find metal roofs that mimic many traditional roofing styles. There are now metal versions of traditional asphalt shingles, cedar shake shingles, clay tile and natural slate.
Additionally, metal roofing can be made in any color that would suit your home, including unusual organic hues like copper, titanium and bright stainless steel. For those who are more adventurous in their home design choices, you can still opt for the traditional vertical panels, a more modern look that can still suit any architectural style.
If you haven’t yet seen metal roofing in your neighborhood, the price tag may be to blame. The average total cost of a metal roof is approximately 30 percent higher than the average total cost of asphalt shingles, according to industry-reported averages.
“They are rare in this area,” confirms Amy Hackett Roe, local realtor with Reed & Roe of Sibcy Cline. “They can last a long time, but it is more costly.”
For those who are interested in making the change to metal, it’s possible that the government might help you offset those costs: there is a federal tax credit of up to $500 available to those who make improvements to their home in order to increase energy efficiency.