Metal Roofing Q&A

Q:  What are the advantages of a metal roof vs a shingled roof?

Metal roofing is likely a better long term investment.  Metal will last longer, be more durable and won’t warp/crack, loose granules, etc.  Metal roofing has withstood winds up to 200 mph where shingles have failed.  Metal roofing is recyclable and more energy efficient.

Q:  Are metal roofs noisy?

Most people think of a steel roof and standing in an open rafter animal barn or machine shed when it rains and that is loud.  When a metal roof is installed over a residential home with plywood, insulation, and drywall the rain noise is no more than a shingle roof. 

Q:  What is the cost of metal roofing compared to shingles?

Metal roofing does have a higher initial cost but the cost/benefit ratio over the life of a metal roof is superior.  I could go into great detail breaking down the cost but depending on the metal roof you choose it can be 30-70% more. 

Q:  How is metal roofing ordered?

We come out and do a detailed measure of your roofs.  By doing this we can order the steel to the exact lengths needed so that most panels have painted edges. 

Q:  Does metal roofing weigh more or less than shingles?

Steel roofing typically weighs about half as much as shingles.

Q:  Is there required maintenance for a metal roof?

A properly installed steel roof is maintenance free other than removing tree and leaf debris from valleys.  The great benefit of a steel roof is that ice dams are typically not ever an issue to worry about.  So you can put your snow rake away.

Q:  How well do metal roofs stand up to the weather elements?

Properly installed steel roofing will always withstand all Mother Nature can throw at it better than a shingled roof.  As mentioned before, snow slides off so no more ice dams.  Metal roofing does not eventually absorb water like shingles do which leads to the cracking and rotting of shingles.