Typical Questions Concerning Metal Roofing Systems for Residential Applications

What are the advantages to having a metal roof as opposed to shingles?
Metal roofing is longer lasting, durable and more weather-resistant (and there is no warping, cracking and peeling). Metal is a much better overall investment: there are numerous colors and panels to choose from; it does not burn, rot, warp, split, or crack; and is impervious to termites and pests.

Will the look of a metal roof fit into my neighborhood?
There are colors available that blend in with existing shingle colors. The local building codes and neighborhood bylaws should be addressed when considering metal roofing. Contact your nearest Metal Sales representative for more information.

What is the life expectancy of a metal roof?
A quality metal roof that is properly installed should last the lifetime of the owner. In fact, because metal withstands so many elements, metal roofing is known for its attractive life cycle.

How well do metal roofing systems stand up to the elements?
Properly installed metal roofing will withstand inclement weather (high winds, hail, snow and rain) better than any other roofing material. Metal easily sheds snow and ice and does not absorb water which can lead to cracking and rotting in the freeze-thaw cycling in other materials.

What about high winds?
In testing, metal systems have withstood winds up to 200 M.P.H. and have historically survived hurricanes and wind storms when other materials have failed. In addition, metal does not burn, rot, warp, split, or crack and is impervious to termites and pests.

What does metal roofing weigh compared to other roofing materials?
Steel roofing weighs form .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.

How is metal roofing ordered?
Metal roofing is custom cut to the inch based on individual project measurements and panels can be provided up to 40' in length. Color matching trim is available.

What is the cost of metal roofing compared to shingles? Compared to shakes? To other Materials?
Although the initial cost of metal roof systems may be higher than shingles, the cost/benefit ratio over the life of the roof is superior to either shake, slate, or tiles. Material cost alone (retail) for metal ranges from $40.00 to $200.00 per square depending on the gauge, configuration and finish. Installed cost ranges from $75.00 to $300.00 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.


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