Metal roofing has long been a favorite for its versatility and durability, but as home and business owners weigh the pros and cons of installing a metal roof, many wonder — what’s new for 2013?

Energy-Efficient Metal Roofing

One draw we’re seeing toward metal roofing comes in the form of tax credits and ever-increasing environmental awareness. The Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives for Appliances, New Homes and Retrofits to Existing Homes for 2012 to 2013 was recently extended by Congress, and while there are restrictions and limitations, there may also be opportunity for those installing metal roofing to take advantage of these incentives.

Metal roofing’s heat reflective properties, regardless of tax benefit status, give homeowners the added benefit of better environment control, less energy use and lower power bills over time.

Comparing the Cost of a Metal Roof

We’re also seeing a shift in the way people view the pricing of metal roofing.

Once thought to be one of the more expensive home coverings, metal roofing now offers some price benefits that other forms of traditional roofing do not.

The price of petroleum, for example, is escalating and inconsistent, making the cost of creating asphalt shingles higher and more unpredictable.

Consider your homeowners insurance, as well. In many states, especially those prone to having damaging storms and precipitation, home insurance providers frequently offer deep discounts for having durable, metal roofing that can better offset the effects of falling limbs and large hail.

Lastly, keep resale value in mind. Metal roofs typically last much longer than traditional shingles (approximately two to three times longer), and many appraisers give it a higher value because of this.

Diversity of Metal Roofing

No longer does metal roofing carry the stigma of a one size, or one type fits all. Once, metal roofing wasn’t seen as diverse or accommodating with regard to style. Today, however, metal roofing is as diverse and versatile as other types of coverings.

Metal shingle and slate; metal tiles in different textures and colors; metal shake; panels made from various types of metal; as well as natural metal roofs are all available options. For a range of homes and businesses, metal roofs can be customized and fitted to specially coordinate and complement the existing style.

Metal roofing has long offered added benefits over other forms of traditional roofing, and today, we’re finally seeing people align its long life, myriad styles and compositions with its cost.