- Isn't metal roofing expensive?
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 asphalt roofing materials have a very limited life expectancy before one is faced with the expense of another reroof project.
- Which metal is better, steel or aluminum?
Both aluminum and steel have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. So do other, less commonly used metals such as copper or stainless steel. We offer and install all of these and work to educate you on which product will be the best solution for you.
- Isn't a metal roof noisy?
This is a fairly common misconception about metal roofing. It is true that on an old barn roof where the metal is visible from the interior of the structure, the roof will be noisy during a rain storm. On a residence however, metal roofing is often installed over a 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.
- What will it look like?
Metal roofing products are available in a wide variety of styles and colors. The traditional look of metal roofing is that of a long panel running from eave to ridge. This is called "standing seam". Numerous other cost effective styles are available though, including those that look like shingles, slate, or shake.
- Do I need to remove my existing roofing material?
Traditional asphalt roofs typically involve removal of your existing shingle. There are two primary reasons for this, weight considerations, and secondly an asphalt shingle normally relies on an adhesive strip on the backside of the shingle to hold it down in high winds. Therefore, installing over existing old, curled, cupped, or split shingles may result in a weakened system. One of the benefits of metal roofing is that it is lightweight. Also, it relies on a metal interlock for wind resistance instead of adhesives. However, the answer to this question ultimately depends upon your local building code requirements and the condition of your current roof's substructure.
- Is a metal roof hot?
Metal can reflect up to 70% of the sun's energy. This minimizes heat retention and as a result less heat is transferred into the building's structure. Further, 1985 research by the Florida Solar Energy Center showed that metal experienced a 34% less heat gain than asphalt shingles which can make your home cooler and more comfortable in the summertime.
- Does a metal roof attract lightning?
Lightning is attracted to the highest point, not necessarily metal. A metal roof has no greater chance of being hit by lightning than any other type of roof.
- Won't metal roofs rust or its paint finish fade?
We handle all manner of metal roofing, including copper, steel, and aluminum. Copper is a product that you typically want to "corrode", giving it a beautiful patina over time. Aluminum needs to be protected against it's natural oxidation tendency so as not to get "white rust". Steel has to be protected against it's natural oxidation tendency so as not to get "red rust". Galvalume coatings and zinc technology protect modern era steel from rust. Knowledgeable and experienced installers are vital. Taking steps to protect against "galvanic action", for example, is not intuitive to the inexperienced. Having the knowledge that you never cut any metals with a saw, even though it’s quicker and easier, is another justification for hiring an experienced company. In addition, paint coating such as "Kynar 500", offers an extremely high performance finish that is guaranteed against fading and chalking.