For most of the 20th century, metal roofing
products were mainly used in industrial and commercial buildings. In the housing market, as many as 70% of households use it.
The historical origin of metal roofing
In today's roofing industry, metal roofing for residential construction is considered a 21st-century innovation. In fact, the most stately homes and buildings in North America have metal roofs that date back to the late 1700s. Thomas Jefferson took advantage of the innovative tinplate material of his era, one of the first roofing metals capable of addressing elements of architectural style. Jefferson designed and built the tin shingle system for Monticello's intricate multi-layered roof.
1. Design beyond the times
Commercial and industrial businesses have been reaping the return on investment (ROI) from metal roofing for decades. In addition to aesthetics and aesthetics, large panel metal roofs provide strength, durability, and efficiency in low maintenance "set it and forget it" solution. Many rolled metal, corrugated, galvanized, and seamed metal roofs in barns, hangars and factories continue to this day after a century or more. That said, it is extremely difficult to apply these heavy-duty utility roofing products to complex residential roof designs.
While the ultra-modernist concept of flat roofs may be able to accommodate industrial-style large-panel metal roofs, these durable but unsightly roof systems fall short of the elements of traditional elegance that most high-end homeowners appreciate. "New West Lake" Color Stone Metal Tile incorporates stylish and colorful stone coatings on multi-layer steel, providing architects and builders with design and installation versatility to enhance the most complex roof designs.
2. The public's demand for diversity
Today's homeowners are less likely to embrace wasteful 20th century "traditional" building practices and outdated materials. In the age of sustainability, the entire life cycle of a home is under scrutiny. Today, the most complex home designs have a lifespan of 5 to 10 years, and the short-term strategy is to quickly build a "worthy" home with a very limited lifespan. Even the best conventional roofing materials need to be replaced every 10-20 years, and metal roofing provides a more suitable option for sustainable homes that are intended to last a century or more.
3. Reduce roof maintenance costs
Ironically, if the entire life of the house is factored into the cost, regular shingles are significantly more expensive than metal roofing. Even the best regular tile roofs need to be replaced every 10 to 20 years, and an impressive tile manufacturer's warranty can easily be voided if installation instructions are not followed. "New West Lake" colored stone metal tiles have unmatched strength and durability, thus providing homeowners with a virtually maintenance-free lifetime roofing solution.
4. Durable stone-coated steel roofing
Wind, rain, hail, heavy snow, and even dry sunny days all take their toll on traditional roofing materials. Typically, the heaviest building shingles have a wind resistance of only 60-110 mph. Clay bricks and wood shakes are so vulnerable to wind damage that they are not rated at all, and even fiber cement products are limited to 75mph. "New West Lake" colored stone metal tiles are unmatched in durability, with a level 4 impact resistance against hail attack and guaranteed wind speeds of up to 120 mph.