With California’s new law requiring all future homes to be equipped with solar power, we are going to see a shift in the construction industry as the materials and methods used to build homes become more aimed at supporting solar power systems. As this shift occurs, the quality and durability of the roofing materials used in these homes will become increasingly critical as their roofs will need to support heavy solar systems. For many homeowners and contractors, the solution to this new demand is metal roofing.

Metal roofs are the best for supporting solar photovoltaic cells because they last 2-3 times longer than other roofing materials and twice as long as the solar panels themselves — this means you won’t have to uninstall and reinstall your solar panels because you need to replace your roof! Metal is also one of the strongest, most durable roofing materials available, allowing it to support the weight of the solar panels, and attaches to the panels with a clip instead of by drilling holes in the roof that often lead to structural failures and leaks. Metal roofs, aka “cool roofs,” work in conjunction with solar panels to increase a home’s energy efficiency by reflecting the sun’s rays (instead of absorbing them like asphalt), keeping homes cooler and energy bills lower. And metal roofs are 100% recyclable at the end of their long lifespans!

To learn more about metal roofing, visit the Metal Roofing Alliance’s full article.