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Sustainable Metal Roofing Grows in Popularity


July 31, 2018

Sustainable Metal Roofing Grows in Popularity

In North America, energy efficient and eco-friendly home improvement materials continue to be more and more in demand.

People are becoming more aware of the fact that some simple changes to their homes can increase their sustainability. When making such changes comes with additional monetary benefits like increasing the value of a home, it’s easy to see why sustainable metal roofing is growing in popularity.

We don’t typically think of metal roofing as even being an option for residential properties. Think about it – how many of your neighbors have metal roofs? And yet, recent data released by the Metal Roofing Alliance shows that more than one out of ten of all American homeowners who installed roofs in 2015 chose to install metal roofing systems.

Metal Roofing is Sustainable and Durable

Of all the possible roofing materials, metal is among the most sustainable. Metal is also becoming one of the most popular roofing materials. During the past several years, residential roofing systems have comprised more than 10% of the market share of all roofing jobs.

According to research published by the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) in 2016, metal roofing systems have exploded in popularity over the last several decades. In 1998, metal roofing systems were only installed in about 4% of residential properties. In 2015, however, that number had ballooned to 11%.

The MRA inferred from this data that over 750,000 American homeowners installed metal roofing in 2015, meaning that the only kind of roofing more popular than metal is now asphalt shingles.

The MRA’s estimate was based on Dodge Data and Analytics annual surveys. The Dodge surveys measure the proportion of homeowners who bought various types of building projects in any given year. 2016’s survey included questions regarding metal roofing, and the results revealed which kind of metal roofing homeowners most commonly chose and why they were motivated to go with metal roofing above other available options.

Vertical ribbed panel systems were the most popular kind of metal roofing. Vertical ribbed panel systems accounted for more than two-thirds of all metal roofing sales, with different kinds of proprietary metal tiles/shake/shingle accounting for over 20%.

The primary reasons homeowners said they chose to install metal roofing were:

  • Longevity (26%)
  • Good investment value (15%)
  • Attractiveness (15%)
  • Strength/Protection (22%)

 Sustainable Metal Roofing Summarized

All things considered, this survey shows that growing numbers of homeowners are installing metal roofing due to its increased service life and protection. Metal roofing also increases the value of a homeowner’s property.

People choose metal roofing for their homes in order to increase their energy efficiency, make their homes more durable, and increase the value of their property.

While in the past fewer than one out of every twenty homeowners installed metal roofing systems, today we are seeing more than one out of every ten homeowners installing metal roofing systems.

If current trends continue, it’s possible that over 20% of all new residential properties could have metal roofs at some point during the next twenty years. Even though very few of your neighbors might have metal roofing systems installed today, all of that could change in the near future. Sustainable metal roofing is growing in popularity and will only continue to do so going forward.



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