Metal roofing is now one of the biggest trends that homeowners are turning to when it comes to protecting their homes. This is one of the best roofing options we know of for homes in the Minneapolis area. When compared to other traditional residential roofing materials, it will generally last the longest and will provide the exceptional protection that is needed for a home. A great plus is that metal roofing comes in many different looks that resemble other roofing such as asphalt shingles or wood shakes.
If you're like many Twin Cities homeowners, you probably don't know a lot about metal roofing,and perhaps you're curious and would like to learn more about it and why it is so popular. Or maybe you’re considering adding this to your home. In that case, knowing more about the roofing material can help you make the best decision on what to go with for your home.
Metal Roofing Is Not Just a Novelty Item, and It's Not Just for the Wealthy
A few decades ago metal roofing had found its way into the residential home market mainly on architect-designed homes in high-end developments. This is something that is no longer true. In fact, if you drive around the Twin Cities and look at some of our projects, you'll see we've installed metal roofing on everything from a porch overhang to small bungalows to large homes. And we'd also like to point out that residential roofing isn't a trendy design item that's going to vanish when something new takes its place in a year or two. According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), approximately 14% of homes in the U.S. now have metal roofs, and in some areas that amount is as high as 30%. Just take a look at the infographic below from the MRA to see how the trend is progressing.
Metal Roofing Can Often Go Over Your Existing Roofing Materials
Metal roofing often can sit right over the current roofing materials that are on the home. This is one of the best things to think about. You don’t want to spend too much time taking off the old roof and then leaving the home to the outside elements without protection while your new roof is put on. Plus you can save money on your installation cost when this isn't needed. (Note: This is not necessarily the case for all homes; sometimes depending on the amount of existing roofing layers as well as the condition of what's under them, tear-off may be needed.)
When we're working on a metal roofing project, we check with local building code officials to make sure that this is something that can be done.
If you’re considering making the change to one of the best types of roofs for homes here in the Twin Cities, you can speak with our metal roofing professionals, or you can watch for Part 2 of this article on our blog. to find out even more. Metal roofing might just be the best roofing material to put on your home when considering the benefits that come with it.
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