Quarve Contracting
Wednesday 31 July 2019

The Revival of Metal Roofing

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Even though you might think that metal roofing is something that is new in the world, it is actually one of the oldest roofing options out there. Metal roofs used to dominate the houses across the world, and it seems like that is coming back around. Here in the U.S., metal roofing is quickly becoming the #1 choice.  Builders and architects already love it, and around the Twin Cities, thanks in part to our Minnesota roofing company, homeowners are catching on, too. In addition to getting an appreciation for the benefits that along with having a metal roof installed on your home, we thought our readers might enjoy knowing a little bit about the backstory of metal roofing. Metal Roofing and Ancient Architecture Copper and its alloys have been used as roofing for centuries. Even in ancient times when Romans were crowning all of their buildings, they chose to use metals for their roofing because of the advantages that it brought along with it.  A notable example is the Pantheon, constructed about 27 B.C. It was protected with a copper roof. It's strong, durable, and weather resistant, and the perfect roofing when builders want something that will last.  Those who erected structures in times long past understood that. Ancient Egyptians used aluminum roofing in the earliest form. Copper roofing shows up as early as 300 B.C. on a temple in Sri Lanka.  European architects going back at least to 1200 A.D. ago used metal to roof many historical buildings that are still standing to this day, especially those buildings in Germany that have zinc roofing on them. Look all around European cities and you'll see copper roofs with that telltale green patina. Metal Roofing Fell Out of Popularity for Awhile With the introduction of asphalt roofing (an American invention, emerging around 1900), metal roofing disappeared for a little bit but is now making a strong comeback. Asphalt shingles were (and still are) more affordable to install upfront, and asphalt is still seen as an economical choice. Asphalt has dominated the roofing market for the past 100 years, especially during the times when money was tight. But many homeowners are looking beyond the initial installation cost and considering what a roof will cost over its expected lifetime.  A metal roof will outlive at least two asphalt roofs, and so that is a factor that needs to be considered when evaluating the overall cost. Those who are considering metal roofing for their homes should know that it brings many benefits along with it. This roofing, though the thought of as being something new in the market, is actually something that has been providing that quality roofing and protection that is needed for centuries. It can definitely be something that will protect your home when the time comes. Give us a call today to learn more. Quarve Contracting, Inc./Metal Roofing & Siding of Minnesota - we are a licensed Minnesota home remodeling contractor, and we specialize in the installation of metal roofs.