"How long will my metal roof last?"
Metal roofing systems will withstand wind up to 120mph, hail up to 2.5 inches in diameter, snow and ice, and even earthquake like conditions. They are virtually indestructible and look great. A metal roof will easily last 50 to 60 years and in many cases even longer.
"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.
"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.
"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 re-roof project.
Can I walk on my metal roof?
Yes, but since metal roofing requires virtually no maintenance, there should be no reason to do so. Like any roof, care should be exercised. You can discuss specific details about walking on your roof with your installation professional.
"Why spend a little more for metal roofing?"
Ordinary roofing materials have shorter life spans than steel shingles and will need to be replaced regularly. With constantly increasing material and labor costs, that could mean a significant expense over the life of your home. A metal roof virtually never needs to be replaced, saving you money while adding to the value of your home.
"How can a metal roof save money on energy bills?"
Metal reflects the majority of the sun’s rays, so it doesn’t retain as much heat as
wood, asphalt shingles, tile or cement. This means that metal roofing helps your attic stay cooler longer – leading to a significant reduction in your energy bills. Metal roofing is also considered eco-friendly, because when it is replaced the material is recycled.