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The Metal Advantage

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

How does the cost of a metal roof compare to other roofs?
Metal roofs are a premium product and do cost more than a standard 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 roofs have a variety of benefits over asphalt / fiberglass shingle roofs.

Is a metal roof noisy when it rains?

No, metal roofs are not noisy when it rains.We doubt you can tell a difference once a metal roof was installed properly on your roof. 

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 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.

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 120mph.

Is a metal roof fire safe?
A steel roof is the most fire safe roof. It is classified as a noncombustible roofing material with a Class "A" rating - the highest rating given.

How does the weight of a metal roof compare to other types of roofing?
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 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 warranty's as long as 50 years.

Does the color fade?
Metal roofs 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. 

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 at the highest point of the surrounding terrain, you can install lightning rods.

If I'm reroofing, do I have to remove the old roof before installing the metal roof?
Usually not 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.

Will a metal roof make my house hot?
Actually, a metal roof 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 it makes buildings cooler by efficiently reflecting away sunlight and reducing the amount of heat transmitted into the building.

What is galvalume?
Galvalume is 55% Al-Zn (aluminum - zinc) coated sheet steel that is ideally suited for most types of roofing applications. An estimated 40 billion square feet of galvalume now covers buildings in all kinds of climates and environments throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as Europe, Asia and Australia. Galvalume is an ideal material for roofing because of its extraordinary outdoor corrosion resistance and resulting long life. It is extremely popular due to its versatility, ease of use, aesthetics and long-term performance.

How long will metal roofing last?
metal roofs are manufactured from Galvalume Steel , a hybrid material that combines the strength of carbon steel with the corrosion resistance of aluminum and the thermal properties of zinc. This super-powerful combination prevents metal roofs from drying out, splitting, curling, peeling or flaking.

How will I save on my energy costs with a metal roof?
Asphalt shingles absorb heat, creating high temperatures in the upper reaches of your home during warm months, forcing your cooling system to work overtime. In the winter, heat can escape from your home through the vented layering that shingle patterns possess.

In terms of your home's exterior, our metal roofing panels can reflect as much as 90% of the sun's radiant heat, giving your cooling system a serious advantage. In the winter, the system acts as blanket, trapping heat and saving energy. This thermal reflectivity can save you a significant amount on your  monthly energy bill!

  Why spend more money for metal roofing?
 Conventional roofing materials such as asphalt shingles have a significantly shorter life span and according to the insurance industry, the average replacement age of a typical 40 year architectural asphalt shingle is between 8-12 years. They begin to devalue your roof because of discoloration, stains, and algae growth within the first few years after installation. A typical asphalt roof, even with the new high wind warranties, only carries a five year warranty against shingles blowing off. The rest of the warranty is usually prorated.

What is the difference between the Galvalume Metal you use for metal roofs and the competitor's Galvanized Metal?
Galvalume sheet has been successfully used in roofing applications for more than 25 years and has been evaluated in outdoor tests for well over 30 years. Based on these tests, in which corrosion weight losses were measured and compared with galvanized,Galvalume sheet is projected to outlast galvanized sheet (with an equivalent coating thickness) in various atmospheres by up to nine (9) times

 Can you walk on a metal roof?
 Yes, you can walk on a metal roof. Care must always be taken when walking on your roof, however
Metal surfaces can become slippery when wet or covered with foreign materials. For safety precautions, there should be no walking on a metal roof at these times. Also, due to the powerful reflective properties of our materials, metal roofs can become very, very hot on a bright summer day. Always use caution when climbing on your roof and make sure you have someone nearby to assist just in case.


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