Although metal roofing has been used around the world for thousands of years — and in America since the Colonial era — it is just beginning to get a foothold in the American roofing market. Experts estimate that metal roofing represents about 10% of the entire roofing market; although metal roofing contractors offer sheet panels and a wide variety of roofing shingles, the general public may not yet realize the benefits of metal roofing in general.
In the last decade, there has been a strong push toward the installation of residential solar panels. What many American homeowners are noticing, however, is that asphalt roofing may not be the ideal support system for solar panels. Over time, the tendency of asphalt roofing materials to degrade — and sometimes leak, destroying roofing substructures —