“Metal roofing has long been a favorite of agriculture, and is fast becoming a preference for residential use,” says Dale Walton, manager of residential product marketing for CertainTeed Roofing. Metal roofing is increasingly becoming the choice for eco-minded homeowners. And, because of its longevity (often lasting 50 years or more) and low maintenance needs, it has a much higher return on investment than traditional roofing.
“There’s no denying the durability of metal, and when you couple that durability with minimal maintenance and cool roof technology, you are hard-pressed to find a better roofing material option,” Walton says.
Walton adds that metal roofing provides excellent hail protection and, when compared to roof types such as wood shake, is safer due to metal’s high resistance to fire. These benefits can make a big difference in the price of insurance premiums in areas where hailstorms or wildfires are issues.
And that beloved cliché of rain clanking against a tin roof? Walton advised that it doesn’t apply to today’s metal roofing.
“A contemporary metal roofing system, properly installed, is no louder than any other type of roof system. A solid deck under the roof, an insulated attic space and ventilation all play a role in reducing the acoustic transmission of the rain into the living space.”
The metal roofing frequently seen today, called “standing seam,” is constructed from flat vertical panels. This look, though, is often not complementary to modern or classical architecture. As a more fitting alternative, metal is stamped into panels which mimic the color, dimensionality and texture of traditional roofing profiles such as wood shake, slate and barrel tile. These architectural metal roofing designs are ideal for practically any building type.