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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Why the Increase in Metal Roofing for Homes?

Posted by at 10:18 AM

The use of steel and other metal roofing for homes tends to be on the rise in just about every state and city that we have seen, especially here in the Minneapolis area.  You might wonder why.

The analysis of why people are choosing metal roofing can be intriguing. And the different types of people using the roofing are just as interesting, since homeowners choosing to have metal roofs installed on their homes reflect a wide spectrum - all types of people, from all walks of life, all ages and sizes and styles. Those with modern, affordable homes and even those with multi-million dollar homes are choosing metal roofing. Those will all levels of education as well as varying professions income level are choosing metal roofing.

So what is fueling this trend?

A Major Factor Influencing Metal Roofing Use on Minnesota Homes

Life Cycles of Roofing: One of the most common things about those choosing to put a metal roof on their home is that they want their house to be their “forever” home or the home they are going to live in for the rest of their lives. This means they don’t want to keep replacing the roof again and again. They want something that is going to last. Metal roofing is great for this. Its life expectancy is likely longer than the homeowners and in some cases even the house it is installed on.  

The roofing cycle or the general term for when an asphalt roof is put on and then needs to be replaced is 15 to 20 years.  Some asphalt roofing is claimed to have a longer life than that, but if your roof gets a lot of direct sun, it won't last as long.  And here in the Twin Cities where we often get hail and heavy rains, asphalt roofing doesn't last as long as in areas with milder climates.  So if you've got an asphalt roof, you can plan on having to replace it in about 12-15 years, with repairs likely during that time frame.  And when you're ready to replace it, the cost will be much greater than it is today.  Take into consideration that if an asphalt roof costs $15,000 today, right now, then it can easily double to $30,000 when the time comes to have it replaced.

It has been shown that homeowners are choosing the metal roof way to go because it is longer lasting, extremely protective, cost-effective and more.  With a life-cycle of 50 years or more (some metal roofs have been on homes in Europe for more than 100 years and still look and work great), you'll get the equivalent of 3 or more asphalt roofs without paying 3 times the cost. And because a metal roof holds up so well to our weather, you likely won't have any repair or maintenance costs in that time either.  

Metal Roofing and Siding of Minnesota knows the importance of a good metal roof and we provide quality roofing materials and services to protect your Minnesota home.  The expected life of a metal roof is just one reason more and more homeowners we talk to are choosing metal instead of asphalt roofing.  Watch our blog for an upcoming post with even more insight into this trend. If you'd like to find out more regarding a steel or other metal roof for your home, please give us a call today for a free, no-obligation consultation.