Roofing Products: Asphalt Still Tops, Metal Growing in Popularity

On average, a home’s roof covers about 60% of the home’s exterior, making it a significant investment that is both practical – protecting the home from rain, snow, and the elements – and aesthetic implications. When choosing a roofing material, there are a number of considerations about material, cost, durability and maintenance, not to mention style and appearance. And more and more homeowners are also paying attention to the sustainability and energy efficiency of a product.

Asphalt is still number 1

Asphalt is and has been the top rated roofing material in the U.S. housing market for a long time. The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (WEAPON) says there are many reasons the product is preferred by builders and home buyers, but the top three factors are beauty, affordability and reliability.

“Asphalt products continue to raise the bar when it comes to current roofing material choices, making them the most popular choice for protecting American roofs,” said the trade association, representing North American asphalt roofing manufacturers and raw material suppliers. “Over the years, asphalt shingles have evolved in performance and aesthetics while maintaining their affordability. These improvements have made asphalt shingles the preferred choice of homeowners and contractors alike. “


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To top it all off, the asphalt roofing industry had a good year in 2020. In January, ARMA reported that shipments of asphalt shingle increased by 10.1% in 2020 compared to 2019. This number included a 45% increase in shipments in the fourth quarter compared to the fourth quarter. 2019.

Metal roofing is seeing growth

But in recent years, asphalt has challenged its dominance a bit as the popularity of metal roofing continues to grow. Last year, the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) announced that metal roofing is the second most popular type of residential roofing in the US. According to the Longview, Wash. established association, the market share of metal roofing for new construction has doubled from 4% in 2018 to 8% in 2019.

The MRA attributes this increase in demand for metal roofs among U.S. home builders to the adoption of more resilient building products to combat extreme climates, such as wildfires, hurricanes, and hail. “In the Mid-Atlantic region, where severe storms and hurricanes occur, metal roofing was most commonly used,” the association said. “Other factors that have contributed to increasing the popularity of metal roofing include consumers’ desire for more environmentally friendly choices,” with metal roofing often appealing to buyers because of the recycled material and the fact that it helps keep the home cool. by reflecting UV radiation.

6 New asphalt and metal roofing products

Tamko laminated fiberglass asphalt shingles

Heritage IR is a laminated fiberglass asphalt shingle with an additional polyester mat that reinforces the entire clapboard and double-reinforces the sawtooth and common joint areas, the company says. It is available in four colors: rustic black (shown), rustic slate, storm gray and distressed wood.

Tamko Heritage IR asphalt roofing in Rustic Black

CertainTeed double-layer asphalt shingles

Landmark asphalt shingles have a dual-layer design that mimics the dimensionality of real wood shake, the company says. Landmark shingles offer the heaviest weight and widest array of color options (24) in their class (weathered wood, shown), the company claims, allowing builders to create or recreate the ideal look for their projects. The shingle comes with a fire resistance class A.

CertainTeed Landmark asphalt roof covering in weathered wood color

Owens Corning laminated shingles

Oakridge Laminated Shingles has a full double coat in the nail area that provides up to two times better resistance to nail pull-through and up to seven times better resistance to nail puncture, the company said. The collection is available in a wide variety of colors. Estate Gray is shown.

Owens Corning asphalt roofing in Oakridge line Estate Gray

ProVia steel roofline

The manufacturer’s new metal roofing product line combines the appearance of slate or cedar wood with the durability and longevity of a steel roof system. Made from 26 gauge hot dip galvanized steel, the two metal roofing styles – Slate (Ironstone, shown) and Shake – weigh up to three times less than asphalt shingles, the manufacturer says, and feature the GalvaTec four-part Kynar paint system for performance and color fastness and chalk resistance . The metal shake and slate roofs are made in the USA from our own recycled steel.

ProVia metal roof covering in Ironstone Slate color

Rheinzink zinc metal roofing

The brand’s roof panels are made of high-quality zinc with trace elements of titanium and copper. This gives the product a lifespan of more than 80 years, the company says. In addition, zinc deteriorates and creates a protective patina that contributes to its self-repairing, low-maintenance and corrosion-resistant properties. The roofing uses 40% recycled post-consumer material and 30% post-industrial material and is 100% recyclable according to the manufacturer.

Rheinzink metal roofing installed on a house

Petersen Pac-Clad stamped metal tile

The Pac-Clad Precision Series Stamped Tile is made from 24-gauge metal and comes in three profiles – Cupped, Flat and Diamond (shown here on the home’s exterior walls) – so architects and specifiers have a range of design options . The interlocking tiles install directly onto plywood or raised channels using concealed fasteners, so no sealant is required. The product offers a 30-year finishing guarantee.

Petersen's Pac-Clad Precision Series Stamped Metal Roofing (Diamond) Installed on a Home's Walls

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