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Metal: The Fastest Growing Category of Roofing in the U.S. - for Good Reason

Updated: May 22

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 fail and must be replaced.

Because of high oil prices, there is little cost difference between asphalt shingles and metal roofing systems. Asphalt derives from petroleum, so as oil prices rise, the material cost different between metal and asphalt shingles narrows. Additionally, metal roofs have many more innovative features that save homeowners money long after the initial purchase. 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:

Energy Savings

A metal roof can save up to 40% off energy costs. It’s all in the color coating. Standard Metal Sales color coating systems are ENERGY STAR® listed and many are certified by the Cool Roof Rating Council. In both cases, Metal Sales products help to reduce the solar heat load on homes, thereby reducing energy expenditures for cooling.

Reduced Insurance Premiums

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

Virtually Maintenance Free

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


A metal roof will likely be the last roof you ever purchase. A quality metal roof will last for generations – at least three times 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, whereas because of their shorter lifespan, an asphalt shingle roof is often a liability when it’s time to sell. Metal roofs redeem up to 95% of their cost at resale. 


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

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.

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