After a two-year hiatus, Metal Construction News, has brought back our annual list of Top Metal Roofers, showcasing those companies that are tops in the industry.
The roofing industry is a hugely fragmented group that works in every segment of the construction industry, from residential to commercial to industrial. The products roofing contractors represent are an equally broad spectrum, but without exception, metal roofs are the best performing, making the decision to use a metal roof a long-lasting one.
These contractors often compete against fly-by-night operators, especially in the residential reroofing market. Companies often go in and out of business, sometimes work without licenses and often go uninsured. They do, however, offer an extremely low-cost service, making it more difficult for the metal roofer to compete on an even playing field.
Still, according the Metal Roofing Alliance, the residential market alone for metal roofing has increased from 3 percent of market share in 1998 to 10 percent today. The commercial metal roofing market is larger, but has not seen the same kind of increase.
As the construction market returns with vigor, we can expect the market for new metal roofs, retrofits and reroofing to increase. It also seems clear that with the great story metal roofs have to tell and an increasing emphasis on long-term investment in performance-type buildings, metal roofs will continue to gather market share across the spectrum.