Metal roofing has had quite the renaissance as of late. Whereas roofing contractors often avoided metal roofing in decades past because it was relatively expensive and drab, recent innovations have made it far more affordable and attractive – as well as more environmentally friendly.
Roofing industry statistics have made no secret of metal roofing’s rising popularity. According to a recent Dodge Report, metal roof replacement rose from 12 percent in 2019 to 15 percent in 2020. This trend was partly due to homeowners appreciating metal roofing for its superior durability, as well as its ability to be recycled at the end of its lifecycle. The same report also revealed that steel roofing products which mimic other materials such as shingle, tile and slate are becoming increasingly sought after for metal roof installation projects.
Will metal roofing become even more popular in 2022? By all reasonable estimates, yes! And the same trends which sparked metal roofing’s rising popularity over the past few years will continue to bear it into the future.
The hippies won! Most Americans are now interested in learning more about living a sustainable lifestyle, and four out of five of them recycle. Metal roofing, which can easily last up to 70 years, is naturally going to appeal to prevailing eco-sensibilities better than asphalt shingles which last for about three decades tops (and take up enormous amount of space at landfills). Modern metal roofing is also largely made of recycled materials, and may itself be completely recycled once the time for its replacement finally arrives.
Metal roofing is eco-friendly in other ways. When painted white, a metal roof repels approximately 95 percent of heat from the sun. The resultant lower energy costs speak for themselves!
Roofs have a harder job to do now than they did a century ago. The average temperature in the U.S. has risen by about two degrees since 1901. Many states are experiencing increasing amounts of snowfall – especially those in the Midwest. New studies have also revealed that torrential downpours are on the rise around the world.
Blazing heat, thick snow and driving rain are all natural enemies of shingles, which curl when they are baked and erode when they are exposed to heavy precipitation. But metal roofing is far more resilient than traditional shingles. It can withstand gusts of wind as violent as 140 mph when properly installed, and boasts far greater resistance to impact and erosion alike. In short, when the weather gets tougher, so too must our roofing!
Metal roofing still has a greater upfront cost than traditional asphalt shingles. But the “sticker shock” of metal roofing is wearing off as more property owners understand the value of so durable a roof. A single metal roof installation costs less than three asphalt shingle roof replacements!
Metal roofing previously offered virtually zero selection of colors. Options were fairly limited to steel-colored, or brown-and-then-green-colored in the case of far costlier copper. Likewise, metal roofing was predominantly available in two styles: flat sheets and corrugated.
Those days are done. Metal roofing is now available in more colors than any other type of roofing material. Furthermore, recent innovations have made metal roofing able to faithfully emulate any other kind of traditional roofing material – from clay tile to shake. The essentially limitless options offered by metal roofing mean that it can satisfy the unique needs of any exterior design trend. It’s the true Swiss Army Knife of roofs!
The NIJAC team specializes in metal roof repair and restoration, albeit for larger commercial, industrial and agricultural properties. But we are happy to see one of our favorite architectural mediums growing in popularity, even if homeowners don’t constitute our clients.
If your large metal roof is in need of expert care – or you are in need of grain silo coating or other silo services anywhere in the contiguous United States – then we welcome you to contact us today for an inspection and estimate!