Throughout the centuries, humans have experimented with many different types of roofing materials, from sticks, mud, and sod to thatch, wood, and tiles. Almost any substance that is durable and can be made into a roof has been tried, all in the quest to find the best roofing material for your home. Brett Hayse Exterior Specialists is the best roofing contractor in Gainesville, specializing in residential roofing repair and multi-family roofing installation. In this series, we’ll be investigating the metal roof. Contact us today for a free roofing estimate!


Continuing the quest for the best roofing material, someone tried metal. After all, it was being used everywhere, such as farming equipment and weapons, and with its strength and durability, why not try out a metal roof? Examples of metal roofing exist from the early eighteenth century here in America. Copper was popular for church domes and cupolas, mainly due to its beauty and not for its other notable qualities. Sheet iron was first manufactured in America in 1794 and was popular as an alternative to wood roofing material that had a tendency to catch fire and spread in big cities quite easily since most homes were still heated by fires, either in a fireplace or a stove.

In fact, before asphalt shingles exploded in popularity, it was actually tin roofs that were the most popular roofing material in the 19th century due to its low cost, light weight, and low maintenance. Tin, being one of the most malleable metal materials, could be shaped into interesting patterns and shapes.


Metal roofing today hasn’t changed much since the 19th century. Copper, zinc, tin, steel, and aluminum are all still in use today. Metal roofs are growing in popularity because all are long-lasting. Most metal roofing manufacturers offer up to 50 year warranties on their metal roofing products, and if you invest in a metal roof, you can expect that roof to last probably well over 100 years. The idea of having one roof installed in your life is appealing to many homeowners. Throw in the fact that metal roofs are extremely durable, aesthetically-appealing, and 100 percent recyclable, they are one of the most green roofing materials available. Other benefits of metal roofing materials include:

  • Fire resistant
  • Energy efficient
  • Light weight
  • Available in many styles and colors

Metal roofing is another roofing material you can install and then forget about for years to come. The one major downside to metal roofing is its cost; metal roofing is expensive, especially when compared to asphalt roofing. Metal roofing is a long-term investment; however, if you plan on moving in the next 50 years, it may not be worth the extra expense.

Brett Hayse Exterior Specialists specializes in asphalt roofing for home and multi-family units in the greater Atlanta area. We pride ourselves on our expert craftsmanship and customer service. We offer roof installations, roof repair, and roof maintenance services, as well as roof installation financing. Contact us today for a free roof estimate!