Frequently Asked Questions
- Would a metal roof be too heavy for certain types of homes, or for smaller structures like a detached garage or porch?
- Can you give me a quote?
- Is a metal roof environmentally responsible?
- Will my metal roof rust?
- Are metal roofs more susceptible to lighting strikes?
- How will a metal roof stand up to extreme weather?
- How much longer will a metal roof last than common roofing like asphalt or wood shingle?
- Is metal roofing noisier in bad weather than asphalt, cedar shake, tile or slate roofing?
- I'm concerned that a metal roof won't match my home and the roofing style in my neighborhood.
- Does a metal roof cost more than a typical roof?
- Can I inspect my roof without a ladder?
Answer: 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.
Answer: New Steel Roofers would be pleased to provide you with a quote, in order to do this please contact our office to set up an appointment with one of our experienced roofing consultants. This quote is completed free in exchange for 1 hour of your time. We will need to meet with the decision makers of the home so we can discuss the type, style and colour of metal roof you prefer. The roofing consultant will need to see your roof first-hand before he'll be able to accurately quote. In fact, the shape and pitch of your roof will influence the estimated installation cost more than the style of metal roofing you choose. If you would let to schedule an appointment click here to contact us.
Answer: Not only is metal roofing great for your home, it's 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 make 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.
Answer: 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.
Answer: No, metal roofs are no more likely to get struck during a lightning storm than an asphalt roof. However, if a metal roof is struck, it can disperse the energy safely throughout the structure.
Answer: 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.
Answer: You can expect a metal roof to last at least 2 to 3 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 12 to 20 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 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.
Answer: There is little difference between metal and other materials when it comes to noise from rain or hail. Normal attic insulation also absorbs most of the sound.
Answer: 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. Click here to see metal roofing's wide variety of styles, colors and patterns - there's certain to be a style and finish to match your home and neighborhood.
Answer: Because metal roofing is a premium home product, you can expect your new roof to cost roughly two to three times what an asphalt shingle roof costs. However, a metal roof is comparable in price to tile roofing or cedar shake roofing. If you currently have a slate roof, you can expect your metal roof to cost less.
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 50-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.
Answer: There are typically several signs that a roof might be failing. Here are some things that you can look for without using a ladder:
- Use binoculars to check around the chimney, trim and other flashings for signs of cracks or shingles that are coming up off the roof and general wear
- For homes with asphalt shingles, look for dark areas indicating cracking shingles
- If you have a home with wood shake or shingles, look for pieces that are curled upward, split, broken off or missing
- For homes with slate roofs, look for cracked or missing shingles
- Look for heavy wear around the valleys, the place where water runs off the roof into the gutters
- Look at the materials around the chimney and vent pipes and check for cracks, gaps and missing or fractured caulking
- Check eave overhangs for water damage
- Conduct an interior inspection for stained or discolored ceilings, which may indicate roof problems
- Inspect the attic to look for damp insulation or mold, which can indicate water damage from a leaky roof
- View the roof both close up and at a distance. You may see something from across the street that’s not visible in your front yard