Does Metal Roofing cost more than conventional roofing?
Every type of roofing material offers many levels of quality. Initially, metal roofing may cost more than some levels of other roofing types. However, the life cycle costs of metal roofing are substantially lower than other forms of roofing. The decision to use metal is usually based upon the fact that the homeowner either does not want to or cannot afford to replace their conventional roof every 8 to 12 years.
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., a trusted international source for product compliance, has given our metal panels their highest rating for fire and impact resistance. Because of this, many insurance companies offer discounts to home owners metal roofs manufactured by Steel Building Supply, Inc.
Can Metal Roofing be installed over my old roof?
Yes! Metal roofing weighs less than 1.6 pounds per square foot, depending on the gauge. Normally, it will not over load existing roofs. Metal roofing can usually be installed right over asphalt or fiberglass roofing with proper barrier.
Will Metal Roofing put too much weight on my roof support members?
Compared with tile at 750 pounds per square (an area equal to 100 square feet) or concrete tile at 900 pounds per square, metal roofing is lightweight. Most varieties run from 50 to 150 pounds per square. In fact, if you’re building a house or an addition, you can often downsize or reduce the number of roof support members.
What about noise?
With the way homes are insulated today, it is no more noisy than any other roofing material. Usually, metal roofing is installed over plywood and felt or an existing roof. Therefore, the sound generated by rain or hail would be similar to other roofing materials. The myth of a noisy steel roof comes from barns that were built with steel roofing installed on open framing and with no insulation.
How long will my metal roof last?
Properly installed, a metal roof should last as long as the house, completely sealing out water, surviving high winds, and easily shedding snow. Metal is resistant to fire, mildew, insects, and rot. Warranties vary widely, but most companies strongly back their products for 20 to 50 years.
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.
With a metal roof from Steel Building Supply, Inc., you will not have to worry about either of these problems. In terms of your home's exterior, our metal roofing panels will reflect up to 70% 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.
Is Metal Roofing environmentally-friendly?
Of course! Steel Building Supply, Inc.’s metal roofing products are already environmentally friendly as most metal roofs contain more than 25 percent recycled content. This level of recycled content allows metal roofing to be included on listings of 'green' and recycled content products. In addition, metal roofing is 100 percent recyclable. Traditional roofing products, such as asphalt, contribute 13 billion pounds of waste to U.S. landfills annually. Many metal roofs can be installed over an existing roof, without tear-off and disposal.
Can you walk on a metal roof?
Yes, you can walk on a metal roof. However, care must always be taken when walking on your roof. 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.
How can I get a free estimate on a new metal roof?
Just call toll-free 1-888-598-6373 or request a free estimate.