The old tin roof is still available. Tin is an eco-friendly metal and it is much cheaper than the new metal roofing materials. The stories about the sound of rain on a tin roof have been mitigated by new installation methods which install the tin over plywood and roofing felt. Tin is not affected by corrosion due to water and salt. It can normally be expected to last 40 or 50 years. With new sealants and good maintenance, some tin roofs have lasted up to 100 years.

New metal roofs are available in a wide variety of colors, textures and finishes. The greatest value of a new metal roof is that it is insulated and highly reflective of heat from the sun, thus reducing energy use for heating and cooling by as much as 25%.

One advantage of all metal roofing materials is that they are lightweight and they can be installed relatively quickly. New metal roofs can be a bit noisy during rainstorms. Most of the new metal roofs are made of a combination of steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper and other alloys. All metal roofs are very fire resistant.