Frequently Asked Metal Roofing Questions
Why should I consider metal roofing?
Metal roofing is one of the most practical roofing materials on the market today. It offers a life long alternative to problem plagued roofing materials such as asphalt, clay, wood and slate.
Metal roofing is available in a wide variety of styles and colors. Whether you prefer tiles, shingles, shakes or standing seam, there is a product to satisfy your taste.
Isn’t metal roofing expensive?
Metal roofing should be considered an investment, not an expense. Over the life of your home, metal roofing is probably the most economical roofing material because it can be the last roof you need to install. Traditional roofing materials have a very limited life expectancy and additional costs will need to be incurred over and over.
Isn’t metal roofing noisy?
Most metal roofing is installed over the top of an existing roof or solid deck. Attic space and insulation provides a further sound barrier. Research has proven that metal roofing is not any nosier than traditional roofing products.
Do I need to remove the existing roof because of the additional weight?
One of the biggest advantages to metal roofing is that in most installations, the existing roof is not removed. Metal roofing is a lightweight material (approx. 1/3 the weight of shingles) and depending on your local building codes, the preferred option is to leave the old roof intact.
In addition, millions of tons of old shingles are disposed of in landfills all across the country. Metal roofing can reduce the environmental impact.
How long does a metal roof really last?
A metal roof is a permanent roof system. Warranties normally cover paint finishes and installation from 30-50 years. The actual metal roof panels are projected to last far beyond the warranty. With minimal maintenance, it will last as long as your house. There are metal roofs that have been protecting structures for more than 100 years.
Are metal roofs hot?
Metal roofs are naturally cooler because they reflect over 70% of the sun’s energy. This minimizes heat retnetion and as a result, less heat is transferred into the building’s structure. In addition, most metal roofs allow for airflow under the actual roof panel which further reduces the heat absorption of the shingles or decking beneath the panel.
Is metal roofing more resistant to severe weather?
Metal roofing withstands severe weather conditions better than most roofing materials. Even in the most extreme conditions, metal roofs will withstand high winds, torrential rains and even large hail. While other roofing materials will tear, break or blow off, metal roofing remains intact. The most severe result in a hail storm would likely be some cosmetic dimpling but the roof will maintain its integrity.
Does metal roofing attract lightning?
Metal roofing is no more susceptible to lightning than any other roofing material. Lightning most frequently strikes the highest point, not necessarily metal. However, if your roof would be struck by lightning, a metal roof can help to prevent your home from catching on fire because it can dissipate the electrical charge. More importantly, it is non-combustible.