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Metal Roofing FAQs

Metal roofs are increasing in popularity. More people would choose a metal roof if not due to the many misconceptions about them. Below are some Metal roof FAQs that will dispel many of the misconceptions while providing the necessary information for an informed decision on roofing material.

Q. How long will a metal roof last?

Climate has a big influence on how long a roof will last and so does the pitch of the roof. An asphalt roof can last, on average, anywhere from 12 to 20 years. With its 40 to 60 year lifespan, a metal roof outlasts all other types of roofs.

Q. Can a new metal roof be installed over my existing roof?

Generally, an old roof does not have to be removed; the new metal roof can be installed overtop the old one. In some cases, this is not a good idea because there may be damage to the wood under the old roof. We can advise you of the feasibility of installing the new roof over the old for your house. If it turns out that, your roof will not need to be removed then that will save you money as well as saving space in a landfill.

Q. Is there any restriction, due to weight, on where a metal roof can be used?

Many people are surprised to learn that metal roofs are lighter than every other type of roof. A metal roof weighs only half the weight of asphalt shingled roof and only a fourth the weight of a shake, slate or concrete tile roof.

Q. Will a metal roof have any effect on my home insurance?

Yes, insurance companies like metal roofs. They know that statistically homes with metal roofs sustain less damage from fire and weather. Therefore, the insurance company is less likely to have to pay a claim for roof damage.

Q. Will a metal roof adversely affect my home’s resale value?

On the contrary, because metal roofs have to be replaced less often and save money on energy and insurance premiums, homebuyers look favorably on houses with metal roofs.

Q. Will a metal roof be noisy?

Anyone who has stood in an old barn with a corrugated steel roof knows how incredible noisy it can be but a metal roof on a home is different. The combination of a solid substrate, attic, and insulation muffle the sound to the point that a metal roof is not any noisier in a rain storm than any other type of roof.

Q. Does a metal roof attract lightning?

This is a big concern for many people, but as counter-intuitive as it may seem, a metal roof is no more likely to be struck by lightning than other types of roofs. Lightning seeks out the highest point regardless of material. When lightning does strike a metal roof, the charge is dissipated thus reducing the chance of fire. Additionally metal roofs are noncombustible.

Q. What effect does hail have on a metal roof?

Metal roofs do well in hail-prone areas and sustain less damage than other roofing materials. While other materials can break, or tear-off the worst damage hail can do to a metal roof is cosmetic and is difficult to see unless closely inspected.

Q. How does a metal roof hold up to high winds?

Metal roof suffer less damage by high winds than traditionally shingled roofs. Shingles are prone to damage or to being torn from a roof, a metal roof will hold firm.

Q. How environmentally friendly is a metal roof?

Metal roofs often contain recycled material and can be recycled after their usefulness has ended. They also save money by reducing energy bills due to their ability to reflect and disperse heat, reducing air conditioning costs. Finally, metal roofing materials, unlike asphalt tiles, do not end up in our landfills.  Click here to learn more about the energy saving benefits of a metal roof.

Q. Can I install solar panels on a metal roof?

Solar panels work very well with metal roofs. The panels typically last longer than an asphalt-shingled roof. Since a metal roof lasts longer, the homeowner can avoid removing and remounting solar panels, or having to replace them all together, due to the short lifespan of the roof.

Q. If none of the other houses in my neighborhood have metal roofs, won’t my house look out of place?

With the large variety of metal roofing choices available, your roof can look like every other roof in the neighborhood, if that is what you want. On the other hand, if you want to make a splash and stand out from the crowd you can choose a metal roof that will do that also.

Hopefully, these metal roof FAQs have answered any questions you may have, but if not, please feel free to contact us for further information.


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