For Minneapolis Homeowners Considering a New Roof: What Architects Have to Say About Metal Roofing & Sustainability

For Minneapolis Homeowners Considering a New Roof: What Architects Have to Say About Metal Roofing & Sustainability

Edco Metal Shake Roof in Brown, photo courtesy of the Metal Roofing Alliance

As homeowners around the Minneapolis area are assessing the state of their homes after another harsh Minnesota winter, we know that roof condition is a big concern.  After a cold and snowy season like we just had, it’s a good idea to get your roof evaluated.  You may even want a complete inspection if you haven’t had one for awhile.  (Check with your homeowner’s insurance policy; it may in fact be required periodically.)  If you’ve decided that it’s time your home had its roof replaced, a big question is what type of roofing are you in the market for?  Of course, as a licensed roofing company specializing in metal roofing, that’s what we would recommend.

But what do other experts say, those who are not metal roof installers?  Many professionals in the home industry – including designers and developers, are big fans of metal roofing.  Its popularity as a residential roofing material is increasing, and we have installed many metal roofs in the greater Twin Cities area as more and more homeowners are catching on to the benefits metal roofing offers.  But here’s what architects – one of the biggest groups of metal roofing cheerleaders – have to say about it.

Why Architects Recommend Metal Roofing

As more and more homeowners are making the move to sustainable, eco-friendly homes, they are seeking out building materials that meet the criteria of being energy-efficient and considered green.  Metal roofing definitely fits those requirements.  According to a June 2018 article in “Architect,” the official journal of architectural professionals, “Metal roofing has become the darling of the architectural community.”  The article specifically addresses these factors for those wishing to have a sustainable home:

  • Longevity
  • Durability
  • Recyclability

Many architects who recommend it appreciate the fact that it is also lightweight and very resistant to combustion, a definitely plus in any area where homes might be threatened with fire, such as wildfire prone areas or where lightning strikes are common.  Here in Minnesota, we find it’s very popular with those who own homes in wooded areas, just for that reason.  We had one project where we replaced a wood shake roof on a river bluff home because the insurance company would no longer cover it.  The new steel roof has a finish that looks just like cedar shakes, but without the flammability issue.

So if you’re evaluating roofing for replacing the existing roof on your home, we’d like you to take a look at a steel or other metal roof.  You can read more about some of the benefits on our website, and you can also schedule an estimate to find out what it would take to protect your home with a sustainable roof.

 

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