Metal Roofing FAQ’s
How much does a metal roof cost in comparison to a typical asphalt roof?
On average, a metal roof can cost upwards of two to three times a shingled asphalt roof. However, if you were considering tile or cedar shake roofing, a metal roof is comparable in price. Compared to a slate roof, a metal roof would cost less. Most metal roofs come with a very long warranty, often from 25 to 40 years. Given such an extended warranty, you would not need to worry about your roof for a very long time. A metal roof will also add resale value, may lower your insurance costs and increase your savings on your heating and cooling bills.
Would a metal roof match the style of my home and surrounding neighborhood?
Metal roofing materials are specially made to look like many types of common roofing materials, such as asphalt, tile, and cedar shake. However, metal roofs are more durable, stronger, and last longer. Additionally, metal roofing comes in a wide variety of colors and styles to suit your individual tastes and needs.
How long does a metal roof last compared to more common roofing materials?
Metal roofs last upwards of two to three times longer that more common roofing materials such as asphalt, tile, or cedar shake. Typically, metal roofs last from 25 to 40 years and often beyond that time frame. Metal roofs have an advantage in that they do not decompose due to the climate changes like asphalt roofs do. Other types of roofing material such as tile or cedar shake are more susceptible to weather changes and typically need replacing every 20 years or less.
Are metal roofs noisier in inclement weather compared to other roofing materials?
A metal roof will actually cancel any noise that could arise from inclement weather such as hail and rain just as well if not better than other roofing materials such as asphalt, tile, or cedar shake.
How does metal roofing hold up in inclement weather?
A metal roof is much more durable and can withstand just about anything mother nature throws its way, such as hail, heavy rain and snow, and high winds. Most metal roofing can withstand wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour. Heavy snow is no match for metal roofing as it will shed snow and ice fast. This does not allowing time for ice to back up in the gutters leading to water backing up and collecting within the roof and leaking into your home. Metal roofing is even durable against any embers that could fall on your roof due to wildfires.
How environmentally friendly is a metal roof?
Metal roofs are made with recycled materials. In particular, the recycled content in a steel roof is approximately 56%, far higher than the amount of recycle materials in asphalt. In some cases, Metal roofs can be installed over your existing roof, so there is not waste from removing the previous roof.
How heavy is a metal roof? Would smaller structures be able to support the weight of a metal roof?
On average, metal roofing is 50% lighter than asphalt roofs, and 75% lighter than heavy concrete tiles. Because of this, metal roofing is applicable to both your home, whether it be big or small, and any additional structures, such as a garage.