Metal Roofing FAQ's

Why should I consider a metal roof ?

Metal roofing is one of the most practical roofing materials on the market today and is "Sustainable Green Building" . It offers a long-life alternative to problem-plagued roofing materials such as asphalt, clay, wood and slate.

What will it look like?

Metal roofing products are available in a wide variety of styles and colors. Whether you prefer tiles, shingles, shakes or traditional standing seam, there is a product to satisfy your taste.

Isn't a metal roof noisy?

This is a common question, and probably one of the biggest misconceptions about metal roofing. When it comes to this question, people think of an old barn roof where the metal is visible to the interior of the structure. From a residential perspective, metal roofing is often installed over solid substrate. Further, attic space and insulation serve as additional sound barriers. Research has proven that metal isn't any noisier than traditional roofing products.

Do I need to remove my existing roofing material?

One of the benefits of metal roofing is that it is lightweight, which allows it to be installed over existing roofing material. However, the answer to this question ultimately depends upon your local building code requirements and the condition of your current roof's substructure.

Isn't metal roofing expensive?

Metal roofing offers homeowners a long-life solution. It is an investment in your home's future. Over the life of your home, metal roofing is probably the most economical material, because it can be the last roof you need to install. Traditional roofing materials have a very limited life expectancy before one is faced with the expense of another re-roof project. One of the basic concepts of Sustainable Green Building is creating less building waste.

How long can I expect the metal roof to last before it needs to be replaced?

Most of our products are backed by a 50 year limited warranty, and some a carry a Lifetime Non-Prorated Limited Warranty. Actual performance, however, can be well beyond 50 years. There are metal roofs that have been protecting structures for 100 plus years.

Is a metal roof hot?

Metal reflects 70% of the sun's energy. This minimizes heat retention and as a result, less heat is transferred into the building's structure. Further, research by the Florida Solar Energy Center showed that metal experienced a 34% less heat gain than asphalt shingles. Results indicate that metal roofing offers a similar effect of R-11 insulation on top of the roof during sunny day conditions.

Does a metal roof attract lightening?

Lightening is attracted to the highest point, not necessarily metal. A metal roof has no greater chance of being hit by lightening than any other type of roof. However, if your roof would be struck by lightening, a metal roof can help to prevent your home from catching on fire because it can dissipate the electrical charge. More importantly, it is noncombustible.

Will hail damage a metal roof?

Metal is a preferred roofing material in hail prone areas. Hail causes extensive damage to roofs because it can break, split and cause tear-off of traditional roofing materials. However, hail will not penetrate a metal roof. In the most severe case, the various styles and finishes available in metal roofing can help camouflage potential cosmetic damage.

Can I walk on the metal roof after it is installed?

Yes, but like with any roof, care should always be taken.