Considering a Metal Roof

Gene and Katie Hamilton

The Metal Roofing Alliance is a not-for-profit organization that informs homeowners about the benefits of a metal roof. If you’re in need of a new roof, here are some things to consider.

This is especially important if you plan to stay in your home for the long term because an investment in improvements and renovations that will stay the test of time and build equity are a priority.

The roof over your head is such an improvement. While it may not be the sexiest purchase, a new roof is critical for basic maintenance and future resale value when the time comes. But you don’t want re-roofing to be on the renovation list again in five years, so it’s important to evaluate durability and longevity when seeking a new roof.

There is only one roofing material that will last 50 years or more. Metal. The life cycle cost of a metal roof is very attractive for most homes, a metal roof is a permanent choice, and will never have to be replaced, saving the costly tear off and replacement common with temporary solutions such as asphalt, slate or wood shakes.

New survey results from McGraw-Hill Construction and Analytics show metal roofing has made a significant climb in the residential roofing marketing, now comprising 11% of the residential retrofit market. According to 61% of surveyed homeowners, one of the biggest reasons they choose metal is due to the longevity.

Visit us at to compare the cost of hundreds of improvement projects and decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor.


Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.
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