For your reference, we have put together a list of answers to the most common questions about metal roofing that we get from homeowners on a regular basis.
Q: Can you give me an estimate for installing a metal roof on my home?
For an accurate estimate, we needs to come out and evaluate your roof, inspect roof substrate, get accurate roof measurements, and present the metal roofing materials that you want installed on your roof. There are two main factors that affect the final cost of a metal roof for a particular home:
1. the style of metal roofing material you prefer
2. the pitch and shape of your house’s roof
Other factors that may influence the final price include: hips and valleys, tear-off of existing roofing shingles, skylights and chimneys, etc.
To get a fast and accurate quote, please fill out our estimate form. Our roofing specialist will be in touch with you within 24 hours.
Q: Why does a metal roof cost more than a typical roof?
Metal roofing is a premium product that offers superior durability, longevity, protection against inclement weather, energy savings and curb appeal. Typically, metal roofs cost 2-3 times more than asphalt roofing shingles, but they are comparable in price to other premium roofing materials, such as tile roofing or cedar shake roofing.
Investing into a metal roof rather than an asphalt shingles roof ensures that you will not need to worry about doing a re-roof for the next 30-50 years. This essentially means that a metal roof may be the last roof you will ever need to install on your home. Also keep in mind that a metal roof requires virtually no maintenance or repairs, putting your mind and wallet at ease throughout its long service life. By comparison, asphalt shingles roofs have a typical service life of only 12-20 years, in addition to requiring costly regular maintenance and repairs.
Q: Will a metal roof match the style of my home and fit in with the look or feel of roofs in my neighborhood?
Modern residential metal roofing is light years away from the unattractive industrial look of metal roofs on barns and warehouses throughout the US, which is still an image many homeowners when they think of metal roofs. In fact, metal roofing is quickly growing in popularity not only due to its durability, but also due to its exceptional looks and curb appeal. Most people, driving around New England are stunned by the beauty and variety of styles of brand new metal roofs on residential homes.
Your new metal roof will be the envy of your neighbors, and you can choose from a wide range of colors and styles that will match your home, whether it be a historic, traditional or contemporary architectural style. You can either go for the hip, modern look of metal, or choose to have your metal roof look identical to any other roofing material: asphalt shingle, cedar shake, clay tile or slate roofing.
Q: How does the durability of a metal roof compare to other roofing materials?
For decades metal roofs have been the leading choice in industrial and commercial construction precisely because of their durability. Metal roofs are designed to withstand the harshest elements over a prolonged period of time, typically serving for 40-60 years, even in severe climates.
By comparison, asphalt roofing shingles deteriorate very quickly, simply from exposure to regular weather. Because the shingles are made from asphalt covered in oil-saturated paper or fiberglass, they begin to decompose upon contact with the elements. The rate of deterioration varies depending on roof pitch and local climate.
Other roofing materials such as wood shingle, shake and tile are also not as durable as metal. Wood shingles and shakes can break down as a result of weather – related problems, often requiring replacement in less than 20 years after being installed. Concrete tile roofs often crack warp in the freeze/thaw cycle of northern climates.
Q: How will a metal roof withstand extreme weather conditions?
When it comes to extreme weather, few materials can match the superior strength of metal roofing. Metal roofs can resist wind uplift and wind gusts of upto 140 miles per hour.
Metal roofing is unbeatable in areas that get heavy snow, because a metal roof sheds snow fast, protecting the structural integrity of the roof. Moreover, a metal roof will eliminate ice damming at the eves, so water will not back up and collect under the roof, leaking into your home.
You will never have to worry about a metal roof catching fire. Metal roofs are ideal for homes located in areas prone to wildfires, because your house will always be protected in case burning embers land on your roof.
Q: Would I need to tear off my asphalt shingles roof to install a metal roof?
Typically, there is no need to tear off your old asphalt shingles roof, as most types of metal roofing can be installed right over it. This means less mess during the installation process, and faster project completion. Additionally, you will be helping to save valuable landfill space by not adding to the gargantuan amount of 20 million tons of asphalt shingles that end up in landfills every year.
Q: Is a metal roof too heavy for certain types of home structures, or for smaller structures like a detached garage or porch?
Contrary to the common perception that metal is a heavy material, it is actually one of the most light-weight roofing materials, so weight will never be an issue for any structure. Metal roofs are about 50% lighter than asphalt shingle roofs, and 75% lighter than concrete tile, fiber cement shakes and slate.
Q: Is a metal roof noisier than other types of roofing materials when it rains?
Many homeowners are worried that they will hear the sound of every rain drop on their metal roof, but nothing could be further from the truth. Residential metal roofs are installed over solid sheeting, with a layer of breathable roof underlayment, which makes them as sound resistant as any other type of roofing material.
Q: Can a metal roof help me save money on my energy bills?
Metal roofs are known for providing significant energy savings. By installing a metal roof, you can expect to save at least 25% and as much as 40% on your energy bill thanks to metal’s reflective properties. A metal roof will reflect sun’s radiation, which would otherwise be stored in your attic and home, causing you to spend more on cooling. If you choose to go for a cool metal roof with a specially formulated white coating, you can save as much as 40% on your annual energy costs. These highly emissive roofs can reflect as much as 90% of solar radiation.
Q: Is metal a green roofing material?
You may be surprised to learn that in the roofing industry, metal is considered to be the ONLY truly green roofing material. Installing a metal roof on your home is an environmentally responsible choice, that will greatly contribute to reducing our carbon footprint.
- Compared to other roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, metal does not require substantial use of oil during its manufacturing process.
- Metal roofs are manufactured using at least 30-60% of recycled content, and every metal roof is 100% recyclable at the end of its service life.
- Reflective properties of metal roofs help save energy in your home, and mitigate the environmentally harmful heat island effect in urban areas.
- Metal roofs are sustainable, because they outlast conventional building materials, therefore saving energy and resources throughout their service life.