Residential metal roofing use increases: report

The 2020 Dodge report revealed that the proportion of metal roofing used for roof resurfacing in the U.S. increased from 12 percent in 2019 to 15 percent in 2020. Photo courtesy of MRA

The 2020 Dodge Report, which measures overall roofing demand and activity annually, reported that more homeowners are choosing durable, resilient metal for their new roofing.

The report shows that the proportion of metal roofing used for roof remodeling in the U.S. has increased from 12 percent in 2019 to 15 percent in 2020.

“There’s no question that homeowners get the message: Durable, stronger, and more durable quality materials are a much better investment for your home in the long run, especially in the face of extreme climate conditions,” said Renee Ramey, Executive Director of Metal Roofing Alliance ( MRI). “That mindset is reflected in the latest figures and the overall growth of the metal roofing industry.”

The report also revealed that while traditional metal roofing styles such as the standing seam remain popular, homeowners are also drawn to the wide variety of designs that metal roofing offers, including shingle, shake, tile and slate.

Steel remains the most common type of metal roofing for renovation projects, in part because of its affordability and strength. Like other metal alloys, steel also increases energy efficiency and can be 100 percent recycled at the end of its long life, making it a sustainable and better performing choice for conditions such as high winds, hail, heavy snowfall and ice loads.

The use of metal roofing has increased in regions that have suffered greatly from climatic extremes in recent years, including the mountain and Atlantic regions. Hurricanes and wildfires have intensified in those regions and have affected more homeowners, drawing them to resilient and protective materials to protect their homes.

While not measured by the report, the MRA also theorizes that homeowners are increasingly attracted to the low-maintenance and low-maintenance benefits of metal roofing, based on the organization’s own data and website that receives hundreds of thousands of visits from homeowners wanting to learn more about it. metal roofing every year.

“Obviously, homeowners no longer have to worry about one thing in their lives, and the fact that metal is extremely easy to maintain and lasts longer than other types of materials while providing great peace of mind is undoubtedly a very strong selling point. . these days,” said Ramey.

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