Frequently Asked Questions About Metal Roofing
When it comes to metal roofing, there are a ton of questions clients have but often find answers difficult to come by. To ensure you have all your doubts cleared, New Steel Roofers Inc. has answered some of the most frequently asked questions about metal roofing.
1. Does a metal roof cost more than a typical roof?
Because metal roofing is a premium lifetime product, you can expect the initial cost of your new steel roof to be roughly two to three times what an asphalt or fiberglass shingle roof costs. However, a metal roof will last you seven to nine times longer than an asphalt or fiberglass shingle making it a much more cost-effective solution.
No matter what kind of metal roofing style you choose, you’ll never have to worry about your roof again. Most come with a true fifty-year warranty. Plus, your new metal roof will add to the resale value of your home, save you money on your energy bills, and give you peace of mind that you’ll likely never have to re-roof again.
2. How much longer will a metal roof last than common roofing like asphalt or wood shingle?
You can expect a metal roof to last at least two to three times longer than a regular roof. In general terms, count on a metal roof lasting 50+ years.
To put it in context, the average lifespan of an asphalt roof is twelve to twenty years. That lifespan can be shorter depending on the pitch of your roof and the climate in your area. Made of oil impregnated paper or fiberglass, asphalt begins to deteriorate as soon as you expose it to normal weather. A metal roof, however, will never decompose.
Other roofing materials like wood shingle, shake, and tile have varying degrees of weather-related problems that lead to a breakdown. Wood shingle and shake roofs often need replacement before twenty years. Concrete tile roofs can crack and warp in the freeze/thaw cycle of more northern climates.
All of the above roofing materials are well-outlasted by metal roofing, which retains its good looks and durability decade after decade after decade.
3. I’m concerned that a metal roof won’t match my home and the roofing style in my neighborhood.
Today’s residential metal roofing is made to look like common roofing material - such as asphalt shingle, cedar shake, clay tile or slate roofing - only stronger and more durable. There’s certain to be a style and finish to match your home and neighborhood.
4. How will a metal roof stand up to extreme weather?
A metal roof can withstand decades of abuse from extreme weather like high winds, heavy snow, hail storms, and even wildfires. Our metal roofing has a 200kms wind warranty, meaning it can withstand wind gusts up to 200kms per hour. In locations that see heavy snow, metal roofing has been the choice of homeowners for years. It sheds snow fast, which protects the structural integrity of the roof.
5. Is a metal roof environmentally responsible?
Not only is metal roofing great for your home, but it’s also great for the environment. The recycled content of the steel in a metal roof is about 28% and is completely recyclable at the end of its lifespan. This makes metal roofing a green building material.
According to the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center, 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into U.S. landfills every year. If you loaded those shingles into tractor trailers, then lined them up end-to-end, they would make a line from New York City to Los Angeles, back to New York City again, then on to Chicago.
That’s a lot of wasted asphalt. But because a metal roof can often be installed over your current roof, without tearing off what’s already there, metal roofing helps to reduce this excessive shingle waste.
6. Would a metal roof be too heavy for certain types of homes, or for smaller structures like a detached garage or porch?
You’ll be surprised to learn that a metal roof is, on average, 50% lighter than an asphalt shingle roof, and 75% lighter than concrete tile, fiber cement shakes and slate. With metal roofing weight on a structure is never an issue.
7. Will my metal roof rust?
Not likely, metal roofs are specially designed with a metallic coating comprised of aluminum, and zinc hot dipped over carbon steel, pure aluminum, zinc or copper, to prevent rust from forming. In addition, paint is factory applied over steel or aluminum to maintain a clean, healthy sheen for many years.
If you have any more questions about metal roofing, get in touch with the experts at New Steel Roofers Inc. As leaders in metal and steel roofing supply, installation in Ontario, we use our over twenty years of experience to offer a wide variety of metal roofing and steel roofing products, including painted and stone-coated steel shingles that will fit every budget. We also understand the desire to protect your investment, whether that be your home, cottage, or commercial property.
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