Residential Metal Roofing Resources

This month’s issue of Metal Architecture features an article on metal roofing trends in the residential market. As residential metal roofing continues to grow, more and more homeowners are going to be asking how and why they should make the switch to metal.

According to 2018 research from FMI, homeowners spend billions re-roofing their homes, with the residential roofing market expected to hit $8.2 billion in 2020. Today, metal roofing represents approximately 15% of the overall market in the U.S. and Canada.

“Getting a new roof is expensive. It’s not something most people want to do over and over again and yet the most popular type of roofing material in the U.S. only lasts about half as long as other options,” said Renee Ramey, Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) Executive Director. “Better informed homeowners make good home improvement investments, which is why education and helping ensure consumers have greater access to information and the most up-to-date tools is a top priority for us.”

To help homeowners looking to learn more about the roofing process, how the various materials compare, and what they need to know before starting a re-roofing project this year, the MRA is offering a variety of free resources:

Free e-book: Above All Else, You Need A Great Roof. With 130 pages written by experienced roofing installers and covering everything from how to tell if you really need a new roof to how to choose an installer and evaluate warranties, this guide is a great resource for any homeowner who wants in-depth information before they consider re-roofing their home with metal (or otherwise). Download for free at:

Free e-book: Metal Roofing Buyer’s Guide. Created to serve as a buyer’s guide and owner’s manual, this detailed guide focuses on how to choose a quality metal roof, different metal roofing types, decision-making factors, installation processes, care and maintenance. It even has a checklist designed to walk homeowners through the process. Available at:

Free visualizer tool: Curious about the wide range of designs and colors available with metal roofs and want to see how they might look on your own home? It’s as easy as uploading an image of your home and trying on different styles. Available on the Metal Roofing Alliance website at

Free access to experts: Metal Roofing Alliance’s forum is one of the most popular areas on its website, and for good reason. Addressing general to highly-detailed questions from both homeowners and tradespeople, the MRA forum is supported by industry experts and MRA members—some of the most respected and knowledgeable manufacturers and installers in the business. A wide range of topics and advice about metal roofing are regularly explored and discussed. Access the MRA Ask-the-Experts forum at

Free e-book: Resilient Housing Guide. With increasing threats of climate extremes, there may be no more important topic in the building and home improvement industry today than how to build tougher, more resilient homes. While metal roofing is just one example of a stronger, more reliable and longer lasting material, this guide from Green Builder covers a complete range of other essential best practices for designing and building homes that can withstand Mother Nature’s fury and better protect homes. Available for free download at:

Free e-book: Sustainable Masterpieces. To truly maximize curb appeal, a great-looking roof offers much more than just skin deep beauty. Created to show off the huge range of designs, colors and materials that can add sustainable architectural style points to any home, this resource featuring stunning imagery highlights how quality metal roofing performs as beautifully as it looks. Download at: