Metal vs. shingle roofing It’s really a stormy issue

Oct 01, 2010 | 07:01 AM |

Hammered, battered and beaten by storms, the question facing residential customers is whether to opt for a metal or traditional shingled roof—and the answer appears to be increasingly for the former, particularly in the South and Southwest.

Strong storms continue to motivate homeowners to replace traditional shingled roofs, and the business has been able to offset the downturn in the nonresidential sector.

"There is so much hail damage down here that when people need a new roof they want a metal roof because of the longevity of it," a southwestern roof installer said, noting that the storm belt has helped insulate his company somewhat from the recession. "It (business) is off a bit, but nothing major. It seems like we have just been running pretty true."

Business in the replacement roofing market is far exceeding that for new construction, sources said.

"The one difference is that we are selling more replacement roofs than new construction projects. But selling into this market is pretty much a guarantee that people will need to replace roofs because we get hammered by storms," the southwestern source said.....

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