Homeowners generally aren’t experts on roofing, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to make an informed decision about such a major purchase!
In fact, we just had a lady come in who wanted a metal roof for her home and wanted to find out as much as she could about it. She was very selective and knew what she wanted in general, but she had asked her roofing contractor a lot of questions to decide whether metal roofing was right for her. He grew impatient with her because he was too busy to spend so much time answering her questions.
We want to help you make a great decision without overwhelming your roofer, so here are the top five metal roofing questions people ask their roofing contractors (answered for you by Metal Master Shop):
1) Will a metal roof be too noisy?
It might seem like a metal roof would be very noisy, and it’s true that metal alone makes a lot of noise when rain or hail comes into contact with it. However, when you consider that the metal roofing surface is buffered by a solid substrate, an attic, and insulation underneath it, the reality is much different.
You’ll find that a metal roof isn’t noisier than roofs made of other materials, even in heavy thunderstorms or blizzards!
2) Can a metal roof handle strong wind/rain/fire/lightning/hail?
If you’re concerned that your metal roof won’t stand against the weather and elements, you can relax.
As we’ve pointed out in previous blogs, metal roofing can handle winds up to 150 miles per hour!
Metal roofs are also leakproof, which means they can withstand heavy rain. This is in stark contrast to other roofing materials!
Metal roofs are noncombustible and easily more resistant to flames than shingle or asphalt roofing.
There’s nothing about metal roofing that makes it more attractive to lightning, especially if you remember that lightning always hits the highest object in an area.
Low Risk of Cave-in
The low weight of a metal roof helps avoid the risk of cave-in. Cave-ins can occur when water or fire damage causes the roof to collapse. With less weight, there’s a much lower risk.
We see hail in Florida sometimes, and this is probably the greatest weakness of the metal roof. Because the straight-seam metal roof is made of flat panels, they are susceptible to dents and finish damage. Fortunately, you can cap over the hail-damaged shingles when necessary.
3) How long does a metal roof last?
You can expect a metal roof to last a lifetime. The commonly cited lifespan is forty to sixty years, which is more than twice as long as other roofing materials.
4) How will metal roofing affect my home’s resale value?
A lot of factors go into a home’s resale value, but one of the biggest is the condition of the roof. If a roof is falling to pieces and leaking, you’ll have a hard time getting any new homebuyers to take that on.
Metal roofing is starting to get the reputation it deserves as a high quality, long-lasting roofing material. That means prospective buyers who find out your home has a metal roof will be more inclined to look at your house over someone else’s, and might be willing to pay a premium for it too!
5) Is a metal roof environmentally friendly?
You can find metal roofs made from recycled metals, making them very environmentally friendly. Combine that with the option to install the roof over an existing one to reduce landfill waste, and you have a great choice of material.