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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How noisy are Metal Roofs?

A. When properly installed over a flat foundation with insulation, no greater than that of a shingle system.

Q. How long will a Metal Roof last?

A. With proper installation, a quality metal roof should last the lifetime of the owner.

Q. How well does a metal roof stand up to weather?

A. Metal roofing will withstand hail, high winds, rain and snow better than any other roofing material. Metal doesn't absorb water, which causes cracking and rotting of other materials, due to freeze-thaw cycling. Metal does not burn, warp, split, crack, or rot; is impervious to termites and pests, and has withstood winds up to 200 MPH in tests. Metal systems have historically withstood hurricanes and othe windstorms, when other materials have failed.

Q. What is the weight of Metal Roofing compared to other roofing materials?

A. Steel roofing weighs .7 to 1.3 lbs. per square foot depending upon the gauge and configuration. Shingles average 2 to 2.5 lbs. per square foot. Clay tile weighs approximately 10 lbs. per square foot.

Q. How is Metal Roofing ordered?

A. Metal roofing is custom cut to the inch, and panels can be provided up to 48' long. Color matching trim is available in 10' to 21' lengths.

Q. How is Metal Roofing applied? To what substrate? Do I need to be experienced at working with sheet metal?

A. Metal Roofing should be applied over a flat deck and felt paper with woodscrews as recommended by the manufacturer. A basic knowledge of sheet metal work is required for trimming panels, cutting valleys, hips and penetrations, fitting trims, and proper application of fasteners.

What is the cost of Metal Roofing compared to shingles, shakes, and other materials?

A. Although the initial cost of Metal Roof Systems may be higher than shingles, the cost/benefit ration over the life of the roof is superior to that of a shingle system, and far superior to either shake, slate or tiles. Material cost alone for metal (retail) ranges from $40.00 to $200.00 per square, depending on the gauge, configuration and finish. Installed cost ranges from $75.00 to $300 per square.

The material cost of shingles varies from $20.00 to $75.00 per square with an installed cost ranging from $40.00 to $115.00 per square. Shakes will show an average installed cost of approximately $190.00 per square, and clay/concrete tile and slate systems will usually cost more than shake. These costs vary according to region.