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Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions about METAL ROOFING:
Does a Metal Roof cost more than a typical roof?
Since Metal Roofing is considered a Premium Home Product, you can expect a metal roof to cost less than a slate roof, more than an asphalt shingle, and be comparable in price to a tile or cedar shake roof. But even more, a Metal Roof will add to the resale value of your home, save you money on your energy bills, and give you piece of mind that you’ll likely never have to re-roof again!
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. Also, if your Metal Roof is struck by lightning, metal is non-combustible and can prevent your home from catching fire by dissipating the electrical charge.
Can you walk on a Metal Roof?
Most metal panel systems can support the load of an individual walking on them. As with any roof, care must be taken to not damage the roof due to abrasion or to collapsing of raised portions of the panel. Appropriate OSHA approved safety procedures should also be followed.
How heavy is Metal Roofing?
Most Metal Roof systems weigh between 1 to 3 pounds per square foot with the actual weight depending upon the gauge of the metal and the profile of the panel. Metal Roof systems are considered lightweight roof coverings compared to their counterparts as shown below in this table of weight per square foot:
- 2 – 3.5 lbs. Asphalt Shingle 3.5 – 4.5 lbs. Wood Shingles/Shakes
- 3.5 – 5 lbs. Textured Asphalt Shingle 5.5 -10.0 lbs. Clay or Concrete Tile
What is the minimum roof slope for metal roofing?
Typically, Metal Roof panel systems can be applied to pitches of !4: 12 or greater, but actual minimum slopes may be dependent upon roof geometry, substrate, and physical location of the project. Information regarding minimum slope requirements can be found on the specific technical Date Sheet for each product.
Can Metal Roofing be applied to open framing or only to a solid substrate?
Actual panel profile and gauge of the material will determine if the panel has the structural capability to span over open framing. Individual product Data Sheets will detail the appropriate structural system.
How far can I span with Metal Roofing?
Span capability of a panel is dependent upon profile, gauge, and width of the panel itself. Individual load tables and test results will provide the actual performance retirements for your specific project.
What snow guard systems do you recommend?
Snow retention systems are often incorporated Into Metal Roof systems, and be used to retain snow on the roof for protection as well as water management. The actual style of snow guards to be used may be dependent upon the panel style as well as the aesthetic nature of the snow guard itself.
How much longer will a metal roof last compared to asphalt or wood shingles?
Typically, a Metal Roof lasts at least 2 to 3 times longer than a shingle roof. Asphalt shingles are made of oil impregnated paper or fiberglass and begin to deteriorate as soon as they are exposed to normal weather, Wood , cedar shake, and tile shingles have varying degrees of weather-related problems that lead to breakdown requiring replacement In twenty years. Concrete tile roofs crack and warp in the freezing/thawing cycle. Insurance companies recognize the long-term benefits of Metal Roofing, and most offer a 20 to 35% discount if a metal roof is installed. It is to their advantage their customers have products that have a longer life span, and Metal Roofing outlast all of the above.
Is Metal Roofing noisier in bad weather than asphalt, cedar shake, tile, or slate roofing?
Unlike the Metal Roof on an old barn where the metal is visible to the Interior of the structure, on a residence, the Metal Roof is installed over a solid substrate above a well insulated attic space, all of which serve as sound barriers. Research has proven that metal is not any noisier than other traditional roofing products. In fact, you’ll hear more bad weather noise from your walls and windows than your Metal Roof!
Is a Metal Roof environmentally responsible?
From production to Installation to reuse, the recycled content of the steel in a Metal Roof is about 56%. On the other hand, the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center reported that 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into U.S. landfills yearly. Further, since a Metal Roof can often be Installed over an existing roof without “tear off, Metal Roofing helps reduce excessive shingle waste.
Would a Metal Roof be too heavy for certain types of homes or smaller structures?
On the average, a Metal Roof is 50% lighter than an asphalt shingle roof, and 75% lighter than a concrete tile, fiber cement shake, or slate roof. Thus, with Metal Roofing, weight on any structure is never an issue.
Can I add insulation under the Metal Roof panels
Foil-faced reflective insulation is a popular choice among the several types of insulation that can be used under metal roofing. Adding Insulation will always provide the homeowner with a more energy efficient roof, resulting in a savings in utility costs.