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Metal Roofing Q & A

Published May 14th, 2021 by Energy Plus Home Improvements

Is a metal roof more expensive than other roofing materials?

Yes, it costs more, but ordinary roofing materials have shorter life spans than metal and will need to be replaced regularly.

Properly installed, a metal roof virtually never needs to be replaced, saving you money while adding value to your residential or commercial structure.

How much protection does a metal roof offer?

Unlike asphalt, wood, tile, cement and fiberglass roofing materials, a metal roof offers superior protection against the elements. For example:

FIRE: A metal roof will not burn or support combustion.

WIND: Experience at recent hurricanes has shown that metal roofs outperformed other roofing products.

WATER: Metal is impervious water absorption, greatly reducing damage to structure. And a metal roof cannot be penetrated by hail.

SNOW: Snow slides easily off a metal roofing system, and in areas such as doorways, metal guards prevent snow from falling onto entrance ways.

Is a metal roof noisy when it rains?

Contrary to popular belief, metal roofs are not noisy when it rains. Residential roofs are made of wood, covered by metal, asphalt or tile. The wood absorbs the sound of rain.

In fact, according to one study, metal roof’s noise levels are about the same as other products like asphalt shingles, wood shingles or clay tiles.

Does my present roof have to be removed before a metal roof is installed?

In most applications over asphalt shingles, our metal roofs can be applied directly over the old roof, saving money and eliminating a great deal of mess and the cost of disposal.

In addition, because there is no old roof to dispose of, landfill space is spared, helping to protect our environment.

How much do metal roofs weigh in comparison to other types of roofing?

Metal roofing materials are less than one-third the weight of asphalt, one-twentieth the weight of concrete, and add less than 10% to the weight of the existing roof materials.

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