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Metal roofing is growing in popularity across the country, particularly in states that experience severe climate conditions, according to figures reported by the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA). Florida, Pennsylvania, California, New York, and North Carolina are the top states for interest in metal roofing, the MRA finds, with Texas also showing strong interest.

In addition to representing major population hubs, the five states all have experienced increasingly severe weather and extreme climate conditions. Wildfires, hurricanes, and ice dams caused by polar vortex winter weather have made all-season durability and performance a top priority for roofs among homeowners. The demand for metal roofing is particularly high among those looking to repair or rebuild after a climate-related disaster, the MRA reports. The MRA says metal roofing is popular in extreme climate regions because of its longevity, its high fire-protection safety rating, and its resilience against wind, hail, and heavy snow.

The MRA report also finds local demand may be outpacing the supply of metal-roofing installers in some regions across the country, in California, New York, and North Carolina in particular.

The MRA expects metal-roofing demand to continue to rise nationwide. The non-profit organization representing manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada projects metal-roofing market growth in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and a large number of southern states. However, the organization suggests the lack of qualified contractors will continued to be an issue when it comes to meeting local demand.

"Frankly, extreme weather and the need for more durable, resilient building materials is an issue that impacts nearly every region," says Renee Ramey, executive director of the MRA. "That’s driving the need for residential metal roofing into brand new territories. Just as important is making sure there are local contractors ready to meet that demand."

This article originally appeared on BUILDER's sister site, Remodeling.

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