Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Is a Metal Roof 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.
Is a Metal Roof Resistant to Wind Damage?
Our metal roofs are EXTREMELY resistant to high winds. They are rated to withstand winds of 130 mph and some of our architectural panels have been tested to withstand over 200 mph! We cover all wind damage that is not classified as an "act of God".
Can a Metal Roof be Damaged by Hail?
Our metal roofing panels carry a UL class 4 impact rating. This means that it can withstand up to 2.5 inch diameter hail at terminal velocity! It's very rare that anyone in our area see hail larger than that. If so, it will likely be covered by the insurance carrier.
Is a Metal Roof Noisy When it Rains?
This is a common myth in the roofing industry. It comes from the days where a tin roof was installed on open purlins of a barn. With your home, you have many layers between the elements and your ears. You have the metal roof, the 1 layer of shingles (actually beneficial to keep that layer), the existing decking, the attic space, and any insulation inside the attic space. These added components make it so that the noise when it rains is no different than the noise produced on a regular shingle roof.
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 more upfront than a traditional asphalt shingle. However, a metal roof can save you thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars over the next 30+ years. Additionally, metal roofing systems have many advantages and benefits over asphalt/fiberglass shingle roofs; such as increased longevity, increased energy savings, and increased homeowner insurance premium savings.
Isn't a Metal Roof Really Heavy?
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.
Will the Color Fade?
Metal roofing sheets are painted with high-performance polymers that have exceptional weathering & fade resistant properties. around the next 30- 40 years you might notice a slight change in color due to minimal fading and 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.
Will a Metal Roof Make Lighting Strike My House?
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.
Do You Have to Remove My Old Shingle Roof First?
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 1 layer thick). In most situations, the metal roof can be installed directly over the old roof.
Will a Metal Roof Make My House Hotter?
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, ect. 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.