For a long time, metal roofing didn’t get the respect it deserved. You’d mention it, and people would immediately think of a cheap tin shack, with rain hammering off the roof. But the fact is, metal roofs occupy a place of pride not just in the United States, but all around the world. It was originally a difficult and costly means of roofing, yet you’ll find metal atop Monticello, the Pantheon, and the astonishing Notre Dame cathedral.

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Today’s metal roof technology has sprung forwards to a breathtaking degree. The aesthetic options are impressive, with roofs made to resemble traditional materials like tile, slate, shake, or the traditional standing seam. In many cases, the likeness is so close that the untrained eye cannot tell the roof is made of metal. The benefit to this is that a homeowner can reap the benefits yet their home can effortlessly fit into any residential setting. Along with that, the durability and ease of installation is attractive to buyers. The metal panels interlock with each other and, unlike asphalt shingles, open edges causing leakage is never an issue.

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But perhaps the most popular aspect of metal roofs is just how environmentally friendly they are. Typically, a metal roof will be made, at least partially, from recycled steel or other materials. Since recyclables are such an important part, metal roofs are rarely thrown away and found in landfills. It also helps that they typically have a functional lifespan of at least 60 years.

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