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Old 06-06-2009, 04:26 PM
 
Location: IN
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Does your area of the country have many houses that have metal roofs?

They are extremely common in New Hampshire because we average so much snowfall during the winter. The roofs typically are more expensive but offer much lower long-term maintenence costs as well as low overall wear. The snow is able to slide off the roof much more easily compared to a shingle or composite roofs.

I also noticed that the UP of Michigan has some houses with metal roofs as well as portions of northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.
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Old 06-06-2009, 08:17 PM
 
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Are you talking about the modern metal roofs, or the old steel roofs you see on 80-90-100 year old houses (the kind that have to be painted so they don't rust)? RE: the old ones, lots of them in IL, IA and MO, but I've seen next to none in MN. Don't recall ever seeing any outside the Midwest.
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Old 06-06-2009, 08:37 PM
 
Location: IN
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Are you talking about the modern metal roofs, or the old steel roofs you see on 80-90-100 year old houses (the kind that have to be painted so they don't rust)? RE: the old ones, lots of them in IL, IA and MO, but I've seen next to none in MN. Don't recall ever seeing any outside the Midwest.
I am referring to the modern metal roofs. They can often be of different colors as well. I saw a green metal roof the other day.
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Old 06-06-2009, 08:41 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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Ive seen a few in NW New Mexico
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Old 06-06-2009, 08:55 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Not in the US, but there are lots of metal roofs in Quebec.

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The only place I've seen them in the US is in northern New England:

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Old 06-06-2009, 09:26 PM
 
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Metal roofs were out of favor with insurance companies and mortgage companies until a few years back. Now you see them more and more here in E TN. Considering labor some brands are not much more expensive than dimensional shingles.

I was looking at metal roof samples at the farmers' co-op and they have a steel roof with a copper coating. How cool is that? On the way home from the mountains I saw such a roof through the trees on a chalet. I'd be afraid to install one because theives might get greedy and steal your whole roof.
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:15 PM
 
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LOTS of 'em here in middle Tennessee/northern Alabama--and more of them being put on all the time.
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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Don't recall ever seeing any outside the Midwest.
I always thought metal roofs - at least the old ones - were more common in southern and appalachian areas.

Residential metal roofs, old or new, are almost unheard of around here.
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:33 PM
 
Location: USA
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I always thought metal roofs - at least the old ones - were more common in southern and appalachian areas.

Residential metal roofs, old or new, are almost unheard of around here.
You are probably thinking about the old "tin" corregated roofs which I think were some sort of galvanized steel. Basically they are fewer in number now.

I do see some of them and like another poster said more everyday. Don't know the particulars about metal roofing but the proper color can cut energy bills which in important in the hot climate of the south. Asphalt shingles are extremely hot in the summer and frankly I have been a proponent to find an alternative to those dark colored shingles (and dark brick to boot I may add). Hot strong sun with an almost 90deg angle to the earth in the South at summer solstice is one reason that summer energy bills can be so expensive especially in states that border the gulf. Not to get off topic, that is just my rant.
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:20 PM
 
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Pretty common in northern New Mexico.


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