Frequently Asked Questions About Metal Roofing
- How much does a metal roof cost compared with other roofing materials?
- What will happen to a Classic Roof in a lightning storm?
- What about hail?
- When it rains, will it sound loud on the roof?
- What about fire?
- Can we walk on it?
- How much longer will a Classic Metal Roofs system last over common roofing like asphalt or wood shingles?
- Is a Classic Metal Roofs system environmentally responsible?
A. Classic Metal Roofs’s metal roofing systems are a homeowner’s most economical choice in the long run. Fact is, when you look at the entire gamut of roofing materials, there is a huge variety in terms of products, price points, benefits, and life expectancies. However, as is the case with most anything else you purchase as a consumer, you get what you pay for when it comes to roofing.
The exact price of any roofing project is determined not only by the materials being used, but also by the roof’s complexity and whether installation can be achieved without removing and disposing of the old roof. Metal roofing, of course, can often be installed over old roofs, allowing property owners to invest money in a superior roof rather than spend money to tear off and dispose of old roofing materials.
Classic Metal Roofs has designed our roof systems to be “investment-grade roofing”. Homeowners can opt for cheaper roofs and then have to maintain and replace those roofs on a regular basis. However, for homeowners who want a beautiful and worry-free roof which will maintain its good looks for the long term, Classic Metal Roofs’s roofing fits the bill. “Exotic” roofs such as slate and glazed tile are more costly than our products and, because those products last no longer than our metal roofs, they ultimately end up with a higher cost per year.
The careful engineering which has gone into Classic Metal Roofs’s metal roofing results in energy savings and increased home value as well as unmatched protection and durability. The bottom line for homeowners is a roof with unmatched value which is today’s most economical roofing choice over time. This makes sense for today’s homeowners because, after all, when we invest in our homes, long-term value is what we are all seeking.
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Q. What will happen to a Classic Metal Roof in a lightning storm?
A. Despite what you might think, an aluminum roof does NOT attract lightning. So you do not have to worry about your home, even in the fiercest electrical storm. See this technical bulletin for more details.
Q. What about hail?
A. No problem! The dimensional beauty of our metal roofing systems prepares them to take whatever Mother Nature dishes out – including hailstones. Our products meet Underwriters Laboratory’s UL 2218 Impact Resistance Testing at Class IV, the most severe test. What is more, our products are warranted not to leak or chip due to hail impact. In fact, you might even get a discount on your homeowners insurance! Ask your agent. See this technical bulletin for more details.
Q. When it rains, will it sound loud on the roof?
A. No. Another benefit of the rugged-looking texture is that it actually quiets the rain on your roof. Our roofs’ deep-textured folds break up the “pinging” effect you might expect from a flat metal roof. See this technical bulletin for more details.
Q. Can we walk on it?
A. Sure! Whether it is our sturdy aluminum or our tough steel, these high-strength metals do not lose their strength over time. Classic Metal Roofs products’ deep folds and textures give our roofs even greater strength, so they can handle occasional roof traffic with minimal care. See this technical bulletin for more details.
Q. How much longer will a Classic Metal Roofs system last over common roofing like asphalt or wood shingles?
A. You can expect a our roofing system to outlast other options because metal roofing will not break down under repeated wet / dry, freeze / thaw cycles like other roofing products.
To put it in context, the average life span of an asphalt roof is 12 to 20 years. That lifespan can be shorter depending on the pitch of your roof and the 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 of the above roofing materials are well-outlasted by our roofing system, which retains its good looks and durability decade after decade after decade.
According to the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center, 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into U.S. landfills every year. If you loaded those shingles into tractor trailers, then lined them up end-to-end, they would make a line from New York City to Los Angeles, back to New York City again, then on to Chicago.
That is a lot of wasted asphalt. Because a Classic Metal Roofs system can often be installed over your current roof, without tearing off what is already there, this helps to reduce this excessive shingle waste.
See this technical bulletin for more details on the ecological virtues of metal roofs.