By Marcy Tate, Networx

It's hard to eliminate that barnyard image from your mind when you think about metal roofs. But, the fact is that today's metal roofing is nothing at all like the metal barnyard roofing of yesterday. Metal roofing is actually the leader in residential roofing options and is hands-down the best roofing material out there. There is one, and only one, disadvantage to metal roofing which has kept it back from gaining popularity. The disadvantage is the high initial purchase and installation cost. For example, metal roofing for the average size ranch style home in the U.S (let's use a 1,400 square foot home in the Midwest as an example) could cost about $15,000. That's a lot for the average American. While I am no financial advisor, I feel that I should give some financial advice to all those new roof seekers out there. My advice is: Do it! If you can't pay that large amount up front, then you should consider financing options because in the end, as there is virtually no maintenance associated with metal roofs and they will last at least 50 years. Top quality metal roofs which are installed properly will last even longer.

If you are considering making an investment in your home by replacing the roof, then go with metal roofing since it will increase the value of your home. In fact, many estimate that a new metal roof can increase your home's value by up to 50 percent. That's right -- and in today's housing market! Even in a good housing market that is almost unheard of!