FAQ about Metal Roofing Systems

Will a metal roof make my house hot?

Actually, a metal roofing system can save you money on your a/c costs because it has a higher heat reflectivity than other roofing products like asphalt/fiberglass shingles, wood, tile, etc. During the summer, metal roofs make buildings cooler by efficiently reflecting away sunlight and reducing the amount of heat transmitted into the building. Likewise, it makes buildings warmer in the winter by reflecting inside heat from the underside of the roof back into the building. This good thermal reflectivity translates into energy savings by reducing cooling costs in the summer and heating costs in the winter.

If I’m re-roofing, do I have to remove the old roof before installing the metal roof?

Usually you do not need to remove the old roof if you’re installing the metal roof over existing asphalt, fiberglass, or composition shingles (maximum of two layers thick). In most situations, the metal roof can be installed directly over the old roof.

What about lightning?

Steel roofing is no more susceptible to lightning than any other roofing material. Lightning most frequently strikes the highest point in any terrain; and if your roof is the highest point of the surrounding terrain then it is more likely to get struck. If that is the case, you can install lightning rods to help prevent your home from getting struck by lightning.

Does the color fade?

Metal roofing sheets are painted with high-performance polymers that have exceptional weathering properties. Over time you might notice a slight change in color due to the settling of airborne contamination, but occasional rain or washing the roof with a garden hose (from the ground) will keep the metal roofing system looking like new.

How does the weight of a metal roof compare to other types of roofing?

To many people’s surprise, metal roofs are significantly lighter than other types of roofs. Typically they weigh less than one-third the weight of asphalt/fiberglass shingles; and are as much as 75% lighter than clay, concrete, or slate.

How does the cost of a metal roof compare to other roofs?

Metal roofs are a premium product that adds value to your home. Typically, metal roofs cost somewhat more than a 20 year warranty asphalt/fiberglass shingle roof; however, a metal roof can cost less than many of the high-end architectural shingles now being sold. Additionally, metal roofing systems have many advantages and benefits over asphalt/fiberglass shingle roofs.

Is a metal roof noisy when it rains?

No, metal roofs are not noisy when it rains. According to one study, the noise levels of a metal roofing system are about the same as other roofing products such as asphalt or wood shingles as well as clay tiles.

Is a metal roof damaged by hail?

Metal roofs are very tough and highly resistant to hail damage… much more so than asphalt/fiberglass shingles. In fact, many metal roofing products such as Stone Coated Metal Shingles have the highest impact resistance and hail rating granted by the insurance commissions in the hail belt regions of the U.S. Some insurance companies even provide a reduced rate for metal roofs because of their high durability.

How about resistance to wind damage?

All metal roofing products are very wind resistant. Many styles have been tested to withstand hurricane force winds, and wind warranties can be as high as 120 mph.

Is a metal roof fire safe?

A metal roof is the most fire safe roof on the market today. It is classified as a non-combustible roofing material with a Class “A” rating – the highest rating given.

Will a metal roof rust?

Galvalume coated steel roofing panels are protected by layers of metallic and polymer coatings. Industry studies have repeatedly shown them to outperform the corrosion resistance of other coated metals. They are available with warranties that last as long as 50 years.

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