Reroofing can be an intimidating process. It’s an investment that can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and yet when it comes to choosing the right color and style, homeowners typically have just a small selection of tiny material swatches to figure out what’s going to look best on their home. That conundrum is the reason the Metal Roofing Alliance® (MRA) offers one of the most robust online visualizers in the home improvement industry. It is a free tool that allows homeowners to upload a photo of their actual home and try on different styles, colors, and metal roofing materials before making a re-roofing or new build decision. MRA recently expanded the visualizer with the latest updated metal roofing styles, including more color selections for stone-coated metal roofs in shake, multi-color, and tile designs. This adds to the visualizer’s already extensive library of roofing patterns, styles, material types, and shades.
The MRA visualizer is an essential resource, given the fact that quality metal roofs are proven to last nearly three times longer than other types and come in a wider variety of colors and styles than any other roofing material. That means homeowners have to live with their decision for a very long time, and must take into account a huge variety of potential choices. The visualizer is exceedingly simple to use, takes the guesswork out of the selection process, and allows homeowners to do their pre-work prior to contacting a metal roofing installer.
Homeowners who prefer the look of other roofing materials such as shake, tile, slate, and even asphalt, are often surprised to learn that they can get metal roofing that mimics those styles, yet offers all the performance benefits, reliability, low maintenance, and durability of metal. Metal roofing is more energy efficient; resistant to wildfire danger; and resilient against climate extremes such as severe storms, hail, and hurricane-force winds. Plus, unlike other materials, metal is extremely strong but lighter weight, meaning additional roof structural support typically isn’t necessary and it can be 100% recycled at the end of its very long life, making it a more sustainable choice.
Representing the residential metal roofing industry in the United States and Canada, the MRA was formed to help educate consumers about the many benefits of metal roofing. The main objective of the MRA is to increase awareness of the beauty, durability, and money-saving advantages of quality metal roofing among homeowners, as well as to provide support to the residential metal roofing industry.