Q: Does a metal roof cost more than a typical roof?
A: Because metal roofing is a premium home product, you and expect your roof to cost roughly twice what an asphalt shingle roof costs. However, a metal roof is comparable in price to tile roofing or cedar shake roofing. If you currently have a slate roof, you can expect your metal roof to cost less.
Q: How much longer will a metal roof last than common roofing like asphalt or wood shingle?
A: You can expect a metal roof to last at least 2 to 3 times longer than a regular roof. In general terms, count on a metal roof lasting 40 to 60 years and beyond. To put it in context, the average lifespan of an asphalt roof is 12 to 20 years. That lifespan can be shorter depending on the pitch of the roof and climate in your area. Made of oil impregnated paper or fiberglass, asphalt begins to deteriorate as soon as you expose it to normal weather. A metal roof, however, will never decompose. Other roofing materials like wood shingle shake and tile have varying degrees of weather-related problems that lead to breakdown. Wood shingle and shake roofs often need replacement before twenty years. Concrete tile roofs can crack and warp in the freeze/thaw cycle of more northern climates. All the above roofing materials are well-outlasted by metal roofing, which retains its good looks and durability decade after decade after decade.
Q: Does my home present roof have to be removed before a metal roof is installed?
A: In most applications over asphalt, our metal roofs can be applied directly over the old roof, saving money and eliminating a great deal of mess. In addition, because there is no old roof to dispose of, landfill space spared helping to protect our environment.
Q: Does the roof need to be grounded?
A: Grounding of any exterior metal siding or roofing is not recognized as necessary by any major building code organization. Occasionally, certain municipalities or local building codes may require it. Detailed grounding instructions are available.
Q: Can I walk on my metal roof?
A: Yes, but since a metal roof requires virtually no maintenance, there should be no reason to do so. Like any roof, care should be exercised. You can discuss specific details about walking on your roof with your installation company.
Q: Is a metal roof noisy when it rains?
A: Contrary to popular belief, metal roofs are not noisy when it rains. 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.
Q: How will a metal roof stand up to extreme weather?
A: A metal roof can withstand decades of abuse from extreme weather like high winds, heavy snow, hailstorms and even wildfires. Metal roofing has a UL90 rating, meaning it can withstand wind gusts up to120 miles per hour – equal to an F2 tornado. In locations that see heavy snow, metal roofing has been the choice of homeowners for years. It sheds the snow fast, which protects the structural integrity of the roof. Metal roofing can eliminate ice at the eaves of the roof so water can’t back up and collect under the roof then leak into hour home. If you live in a part of the country that is prone to wildfires, metal roofing can protect your home if burning embers land on your roof.
Q: What parts do I need for my metal roofing system?
A: Please refer to our order/estimate form for a listing of the items necessary for a basic roof system. Whomever the installer, they will make sure you have all necessary parts to complete your installation.
Q: Do you deliver?
A: We deliver locally and surrounding areas. Please call and we will estimate a delivery fee, if any.
Q: What is the cost of shipping an order with my metal panels and accessories?
A: We ship common carrier and will do our best to obtain the lowest possible rate. The cost will be included on your estimate.
Q: How do I get a quote for shipping an order containing my metal panels and all necessary parts for my project?
A: See two options below:
- Submit information on website: Enter the complete information as if placing an order on our website. Payment information is not required at this time. We will calculate the crating & shipping and return the information to you as a complete estimate ready to be confirmed.
- Complete an estimate form with shipping address and material totals and e-mail or fax to us. We will calculate the crating and shipping for you and return a complete estimate to you, ready to be confirmed. NOTE : It is not possible for us to quote shipping charges without accurate shipping information.
Q: What is a crate?
A: A crate is necessary for shipping the metal panels. We can nest many pieces in one crate. Our crate is much sturdier than a shipping box.
Q: Can I pick my order up?
A: Please give us 7-14 days’ notice. We will provide you with pick-up instructions and directions. You must be able to support and secure the entire length of your panels, making a crate unnecessary.
Q: What are your payment terms? What is your lead time?
A: We accept all major credit cards, wire transfers, as well as business and personal checks. Lead time is generally 7–14 business days. Allow 1–8 days for shipping, depending on location.
Q: Do you have an installer in my area?
A: We are manufacturers, not installers. We ship nationwide to homeowners, contractors, distributors and suppliers. We are happy to assist you with basic installation questions on an individual basis.
Q: How do I measure my house?
A: Whomever the installer, we recommend they take all measurements to insure proper installation of your metal panels/roofing system.
Q: Does a new metal roof qualify for the energy star tax rebate?
A: Yes! The government has extended this program into 2016. You can get up to 10% of the cost of your metal roof or $500.00.
Q: I received an energy star tax rebate in the past, am I still eligible to get the rebate?
A: No. If you have received an energy star tax rebate in the past, you are no longer eligible.