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So I keep hearing metal construction is growing in the residential sector more and more, but is it really? I live right in Boston and I still see many 3 deckers, new condominiums, and single familyhomes being built with the standard concrete slab and wood frame. The experts all say it is growing so then what is the hold up. I do not see it around me as much as the experts say. Is it cost, training, or lack of demand? Or is it just plain to see that contractors in the Northeast might not be educated on metal construction and the benefits it might bring. Yes, it is green and sustainable, but so is wood right? Don’t they replant trees in place of the ones used for building a home? This has been on my mind and I really would like to get a few perspectives on this, both the contractor and manufacturer please. As always comment below on why I do not see it as much as some of you do.

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  1. I am not a manufacturer, but I am a keen observer of the industry we’re both associated with. Regardless of what framing is used, what about the roofing? In Australia and New Zealand, where we’re from and where we develop our software estimating tools, metal roofing is about 65-75% of all residential roofing. The balance is tile (concrete and clay). Metal roofing on residential seems to be quite competitive here, why not in the US? If you take a look at commercial/industrial, metal is about 95% or all roofing material installed. It certainly begs the question eh?

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