Why choose an aluminum roof?

September 28, 2022 | Filed under: Buying a New Roof,Newsletter Articles,Research


If you’ve ever considered a metal roof for your home, the two options were probably a steel roof or an aluminum one. Maybe you thought steel would be more durable, or perhaps you were worried about rust, so you picked aluminum. Whatever your situation, here’s a brief history of aluminum roofing and why you should consider it for your home.

According to aluminum.org, two scientists on opposite ends of the world discovered how to extract aluminum in 1865. Since then, aluminum has enjoyed tremendous popularity for its low weight, strength, and recyclability. As a result, it’s commonly found in cars, cans, building products, aerospace applications, solar panels, and more.

4 Reasons Why Aluminum is the Right Roofing Choice

1. Aluminum Roofing is Durable

Some people think aluminum is flimsy or unsuitable for protecting their homes. Aluminum shingles and standing seam panels are highly durable. 

Aluminum shingles are strong enough to stomp on! Much of this strength comes from the material and interlocking design. The best ones can withstand hail, severe storms, and high winds. 

Despite its strength, aluminum’s low weight reduces structural stress, a massive boon for older homes. It also allows for installation over existing asphalt shingles. Many building codes allow for multiple roofing layers, saving you money as your roofers don’t have to tear the old roof off. 

2. Aluminum Roofing is Sustainable

Perhaps the most significant advantage of aluminum is its sustainability. A Classic aluminum roof is manufactured with up to 99% recycled material and is recycled at the end of a long life. The bulk of this recycled material is post-consumer. Compare this with asphalt shingles, which contribute billions of pounds to landfills yearly.

Aluminum recycling is a closed loop, so it starts as waste aluminum, is recycled into usable aluminum, and restarts the process. It’s incredibly efficient to recycle aluminum, only consuming 5% of the energy compared to making new material. Also, per aluminum.org, 75% of existing aluminum is still in use today, whether in its original application or recycled and performing a new function.

3. Aluminum Roofing Makes a Design Statement

Aluminum roofing offers flexibility in appearance.  Our roofs come in a wide range of colors and finishes making it easy to find the perfect match for your home. And our high-quality Kynar(™)coatings will last for decades without fading.

Beyond color, aluminum allows for a variety of styles and shapes. Standing seam roofs are long vertical panels, and aluminum shingles mimic the shape of tile, slate, shake, or asphalt shingles. So, whether you choose a contemporary standing seam, a low-key shingle, or a bold tile, an aluminum roof makes a statement.

4. Aluminum Roofing Saves Energy

Your roofing choice will impact your future energy demands and costs. Aluminum is an energy-efficient metal. Unlike asphalt, which holds the day’s heat for hours, aluminum quickly radiates heat back into the air. 

A Classic Metal Roof addresses all 3 forms of heat transfer: radiant, conductive, and convective – for a roofing system with maximum energy efficiency.  Learn how our aluminum roofs keep your home cooler while reducing energy usage. 

A Classic aluminum roof offers superior durability, longevity, style, and sustainability. Call or email us today to see how a Classic aluminum roof can work for you.