Why get a Metal Roof in 2020?

Updated: Aug 17, 2020

While asphalt shingles may be the industry standard for the residential roofing industry, metal roofing systems serve as a widely popular roofing option for commercial, industrial, and even residential properties in 2020.

Previously residential properties rarely used metal roofing, but due to the technological advances metal roofing systems have seen in the last thirty years, residential customers are beginning to look to metal roofing as a viable option.

While nearly every form of sheet metal has likely been used in roofing systems at some point in history, Aluminum has become the king of metal roofing. A recent study of the industrial roofing sector in Los Angeles found that over 90% of the metal roofing systems used Aluminum as it’s sheet base.

The heavily standardized process of cutting sheet metal allows roofers to give better estimates on metal roof installations and gives a much larger window for error. Also, this high level of customization allows roofers as well as property owners to make slight adjustments even after the project is underway. It is small advantages such as this that continue to make metal aluminum roofing one of the most popular options for Los Angeles property owners.

While industrial properties are rarely seen when they are seeking an aesthetic solution, advances in The Los Angeles Roofing sector have allowed a bridge between homeowners and metal roofing options. New advances include increased shape customization allowing for difficult angles, a large variety of coatings that give the metal a heat resistant texture, and a variety of colors that add stylistic appeal.

While Shingles and other roofing solutions might be more cost effective, the durability of metal roofing is second to none. One of the main factors that drives this cost is the difficult and often time consuming process of installing a metal roof. New roofing operations are beginning to spring up in the Los Angeles roofing industry that are breaking industrial standards in metal roofing installation by utilizing only specified labor groups that focus exclusively on the installation and repair of metal roofing. Companies like Southland Roofing inc strive to both promote and provide insight into how this distinct organization of labor can revolutionize the way metal roofing is seen. Call today to get an inspection from Southland Roofing inc. Let’s make it happen.

  • Great Value: When the quality of tile shingles is balanced to its high cost of equipment and installation, metal roofing installations add value to commercial real estate owners.

  • Excellent durability: Metal flat roofs have a high degree of durability when compared to traditional shingles.

  • Long-Term Weathering: Excellent long-term heat and weather resistant.

  • Inherently Flexible: No need for plasticizers.

  • Heavily standardized process: Metal Roofs are an industry standard for Los Angeles roofers and have a heavily studied and standardized installation.

  • Versatile Application Methods: Including high-performance roofs requiring high wind uplift, increased puncture resistance, or quick economical systems.


  • Cost: Metal roofing systems generally fall between its two main competitors being more expensive than EPDM and less expensive than PVC. As a lightweight yet sturdy material, Aluminum is easy and inexpensive to install. It's also easy to clean with a power washer, keeping down the cost of maintenance.

  • Durability: Metal roofs resists punctures and is flexible enough to stretch as the structure settles, as well as withstanding a wide range of thermal expansion and contraction.

  • Efficiency: Metal roofing systems are reflective enough to reduce cooling costs during hot weather. High-quality products are Energy Star-rated for energy efficiency.

  • Environmental Impact: Adding to its status as a green roofing product, Aluminum is completely recyclable. Discarded metal waste is recycled locally in Los Angeles.


  • Quality: There is a large variance in quality between products and types of metal for roof installation.

  • Longevity: As an industry standard, metal roofings main drawback is its inclination for rust. Especially in areas like Los Angeles and Orange County with a high degree of sea salt damage.

  • Leaks: When a Metal roof does leak, the leak can be hard to find and even harder to repair. Repairs that require removal of part of the roof covering can be expensive.

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