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Why Metal Roofing?

Today, most U.S. homes have asphalt shingle roofs – made from an inferior roofing material that provides them with only temporary protection. In as few as 15-years, asphalt shingle roofs wear out, fail and must be replaced.

Historically, there were good reasons for homeowners to choose asphalt shingle roofs. For example, a primary ingredient of asphalt – oil – was plentiful and cheap, and alternatives to asphalt shingles were few and cost prohibitive. Thankfully, these conditions have changed.

Today, dramatic increases in the cost of oil and significant innovations in high-performance metal coating systems have considerably narrowed the cost differential between asphalt shingles and metal roofing systems. Plus, when you factor in the long lifecycle of metal compared to asphalt shingles, homeowners are beginning to understand the true value that metal roofing brings to a home. This is a major reason why metal is the fastest growing category of roofing in the U.S.

Here are just some of the advantages that metal roofs have over asphalt shingle roofs.


A metal roof will likely be the last roof you ever purchase. A quality metal roof will last for generations – three times or longer than an asphalt shingle roof.

Resale Value

On average, a quality metal roof increases the value of a home by $1.45 per square foot1. An asphalt shingle roof is often a liability when it’s time to sell.


Metal roofs offer a wide variety of profiles and unlimited colors to dramatically improve the curb appeal of any style home.

Virtually Maintenance Free

Metal roofs are easily maintained with simple washing of plain water or with household detergents for areas with heavy dirt deposits. Occasional light cleaning will maintain a good appearance.

Reduced Insurance Premiums

Unlike asphalt or wood shingles, a metal roof exposed to burning embers will not catch fire. Also, metal roofs fair better than shingles in high winds. These advantages can save up to 35% on insurance premiums.

Environmentally Responsible

Steel is the #1 recycled material in the world, and residential metal roofs are made from a minimum of 30% recycled steel. Asphalt shingles contain petroleum, are rarely ever recycled and are the largest contributor to landfill waste of any building material.

Still have questions on why metal roofs are superior?

Contact one of our sales representatives at (315) 923-3195 for more information.