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Prepainted residential metal roofs continue to gain market share because of durability and environmental benefits for homeowners

Cleveland, Ohio—Residential metal roofs have continued to increase in market share as more than seven million homeowners in North America are faced with replacing their worn-out asphalt roofs annually. Approximately 10% of those households are choosing metal roofs and that number is expected to climb to 20% by the year 2020.


Those numbers translate into nearly 700,000 tons of metal getting prepainted and formed into residential roofs each year because of their durability and environmental benefits over other roofing materials, according to the National Coil Coating Association, which serves more than 100 members companies involved in coil coated (prepainted) products.


Metal roofs can be formed and prepainted to simulate common residential roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, cedar shake, tile or even slate. Advancements in coil coating technology now make it possible for prepainted metal roofs to feature many different linear and multi-dimensional looks to complement other homes in the neighborhood. Homeowners like metal roofs because they are attractive, lightweight, durable and fire-resistant.


Coil coating for residential metal roof applications is a highly automated technique. In one continuous process, a coil of metal, up to 72 inches wide moving up to 700 feet per minute, is unwound, cleaned on both the top and bottom, chemically treated, primed, oven cured, top coated, oven cured again, rewound and prepared for shipment. The paint is flexible enough to be later stamped or rollformed or press-braked into the final roof and accessory shapes used for the roofing, gutters, downspouts and rain ware.


Dealing with a flat (unwound) sheet allows for mechanical cleaning in addition to spray cleaning. The flat sheet also enables excellent control of coating weights of the pretreatment and the dry film thickness of paint to within a tenth of a mil or less to insure consistent color and quality from coil to coil.

A variety of environmental benefits are also attributed to the rise in prepainted metal roofs. “Cool” infrared pigment technology is specifically designed to reflect heat, helping to reduce energy needs and mitigate environmental problems like Urban Heat islands and smog.


Coil coating eliminates other issues associated with other roofing materials, including fixed paint equipment costs, inventory, labor as well as costs associated with EPA compliance and reporting.


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The National Coil Coating Association (NCCA) is an established trade organization dedicated to the growth of coil coated products. Founded in 1962, the NCCA consists of more than 100 member companies that are at the forefront of the industry. Members include coil coating service providers as well as manufacturers and suppliers of metal, coatings, chemicals and equipment. Members of NCCA also process and warehouse the coil coated products prior to delivery to user industries. For more information, contact the NCCA at 216-241-7333 or email at Visit the NCCA website at



Leslie Schraff


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