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What should I know before I install a metal roof on my roof?

Written by Heins Contracting

On January 30, 2020

Metal roofing has now become the conventional and easy alternatives for any house owner except for those with a flat roofing system. When you make up your mind to get a new property such as a house there is one constant i.e. roof. You might or might not have electric heat, hot solar, gas but there is a roof in every home. As time passes by the roof eventually needs its replacement.

These days, there are now metal roofing products in shingles style are more common from the usual traditional shingle roofs in asphalt. An asphalt shingle roof has around 20 years of life span. So, there is a huge chance that you have to consider getting a roof repair at least once you get the property. A small leak in the roof also causes huge destruction of the property if the leak is left unchecked for a long period of time. If you are planning to do your metal roofing there are few things that you need to know beforehand.

1. Is a metal roof safe?

Well, yes the metal roofing is safe. A correctly designed and built metal roof is fire-resistant, non-flammable and can endure winds as the power of hurricanes. And, no, it won’t attract lightning like any other material for roofing. You might think a metal roof will cause natural disasters such as lightning, but the facts or statistics do not bear this out. Metal roofing does not raise the risk of lightning in any possible way. Not only that but if metal roofing is struck by lightning, it is less fuel-efficient than conventional roofing materials such as wood or shingles.

Since metal roofing is a non-flammable material and electrical conductor, it is the most suitable structure possible due to the risks involved with its use and action during a lightning occurrence.

The reason why metal roofs don’t draw lighting is simple: lighting follows a route to down earth, and as a mediator tree, telephone poles and other such objects tend to attract lightning. Metal roofs are independent structural components, inherent in their construction, with no direct path to earth. There is, therefore, no scientific reason for illumination to strike a metal roof more often a shingle-asphalt roof.

2. Is metal roof getting the hype in the market?

Previously, metal roofing was only used on architect-designed, high-end houses. These days due to expanded production and enhanced manufacturing processes, metal roofing is gradually found in traditional buildings as well. According to industry figures, over the past few years, market share for metal roofing has risen at a pace of about 3 percent each year; at present, around 15 percent of all roofing installations are using metal roofing products. Likewise, the market share of asphalt shingle roofing has decreased, now accounting for about 59 percent of the total installed metal roofing.

3. Is metal roofing environment-friendly?

Among various advantages of metal roofing systems, this system is also an environmentally beneficial roof. Manufacturers may make metal roofs of up to 95 percent from recycled material and they are fully recyclable if you ever remove the roofs all over again. Installing a metal roof also comes with plenty of ecological indirect benefits. Attach a ruminative coating to a roof where you will save around 40% of cooling cost altogether.

4. How long the metal roof last?

The durability of metal is in between 50 and 60 years. For comparison purposes, an asphalt shingle roof would require replacement within 20 years. A tile roof should earn you a minimum of 80 years, and maybe more. The longest-lasting (and most expensive) slate wall, with a lifetime of more than 100 years. Considering the costing and durability metal roof is more affordable.

5. Is metal roof noisier than Asphalt roofing?

Even though it is a common misapprehension that metal roofs are noisy when rain or hail lands on them, the fact is that metal roofing is no more disruptive than any other form when properly built. Usually, metal roofing is built over a solid substratum. Furthermore, a sound barrier is created by the attic and insulation. Inhabitants rarely notice any rise in sound levels from the internal living spaces when a metal roof is installed.

6. Can metal roof work on the roof with low slopes?

Metal roofing is often thought to be ideal only for heavily sloping roofs, but standing-seam metal roofing will function well on low pitched roofs. This roofing style is built in large sheets with seams that are elevated and securely sealed together to withstand water. While it requires some slope to make sure water run-off, most homeowners embrace metal roofing.

7. Can severe hail-stone ruin metal roofing?

While metal roofs are significantly more durable and maintenance-free than asphalt shingles and other roofs, they are not purely indestructible. For a fact, there’s one weather condition that affects metal roofing is a major hail. Particularly aluminum and copper can be prone to denting as hailstones are the size of a golf ball. Steel is tougher and fares better in hailstorms, but when you live in a region where such devastating hail will occur while buying metal, be mindful of this matter. Pea-sized or even dime-sized hail is rarely a problem, but it has been reported that hailstones greater than this destroy metal roofs.

8. Do installation and repair need professionals?

Many people are estimated to build their metal roof however it is not safe and is not usually advised. A metal roof is mostly accessible from selected retailers and is very advanced ways are used for installation. When you decide for metal roofing, you’ll probably call a metal roof contractor in case there are complications. So, before any complication occurs you better get a hand of expertise.

9. Are metal roof impervious to fire, rot and insect damage?

One of the major reasons for taking a metal roofing hype is because it is virtually fireproof. With the rising danger of wildfire around the world, metal roofing has become the first priority in various nations. Similarly, insects like termites can never consume roofing made of metal. Additionally, the roofing of concrete is impervious to rot and mildew. Snow falls off quicker than with traditional roofing since it absorbs heat from the sun easily.

10. How much does the metal roofing cost?

It is a huge job to build a metal roof or any other work-related to the roof. Depending on the location, the kind of roof you have, or even how busy they are, contractors may have a wildly different market price to get your job done. Nevertheless, it is not just the metal roof companies that decide the price. Metal roofing also varies the price as per the area of your property, material used, quality of the material, removal of the old roof and so on.

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