1. What are some basic reasons for choosing a metal roof instead of shingle?
One simple word: Value
How long will the Metal last?
While most Shingles are sold at a 30-50 year guarantee, it’s not uncommon to see them go bad at only 15-20 years. Most of the old metal Standing Seam roofs that we have replaced, with our metal, came close to hitting their 100 year mark! Surpassing Shingles by at least 80 years.
Will I ever need to re-paint my Metal?
All of the painting systems that we use, come with at least a 40 year paint warranty against cracking, peeling, color fade, or color chalking. After the warranty period has expired, metal panels can be repainted at a fraction of the cost of replacement, and the lifespan of the panels can be extended indefinitely.
What are some differences between the Alpha Rib and Standing Seam roofing systems?
Alpha Rib: Due to thinner metal, less expensive paint, and a simpler installation process, compared to Standing Seam, our 29 Gauge Alpha Rib is your least expensive option.
Standing Seam: Standing Seam has a higher quality paint finish, and a very intricate installation process. All of the trims and edges are folded, and interlocked, taking more time, but insuring a weather tight installation.
2. Turnover Time
Alpha Rib: Any Alpha Rib order (stock color) can be processed within 24 hours.
Standing Seam: Typically 7-14 day lead time. (Depending on color selection)
Alpha Rib: The Alpha Rib is installed using an Overlay system. ( Fastening the Metal, on the outside, with rubber washer screws.)
Standing Seam: Our Standing Seam is installed using a Snap-Lock and Concealed Fasteners system. Also by using Interlocking Trims, we can ensure your home or buisness will be weather-tight.
Can the Metal be installed over existing Shingles?
Yes, both styles of metal can be installed over existing shingles, using 1×4’s or 3/8” foam underlayment. Although to ensure you get the best performance and life-span from your metal, it is recommended to install the metal directly on the solid substrate of the roof, using a synthetic underlayment.
Does the difference in Metal thickness make for better performance?
Yes, a thicker metal will perform, and appear, better. A couple such improvements are:
• Better Hail Resistance
• Less Sound
• Better Heat Resistance
• Less Oil Canning
Basic reasons for choosing to put up a Metal Roof compared to Shingle
While most Shingles are sold as a 30- to 50-year shingle it is common for them to only last 15 to 20 years. If you doubt this ask yourself how old the shingles are that you’re replacing.
Okay, so does metal measure up? Almost all of the Standing Seam (Metal) roofs that we have replaced have hit close to the 100 year mark, surpassing shingles by at least 80 years!
The paint on the metal comes with a 40-year warranty that covers fading and cracking of the paint.
The other big difference is COST EFFECTIVENESS:
The average cost of replacing your roof with a dimensional asphalt shingle is around $260.00 per square. This would equate to $7,800.00 for the average ranch home. The frustrating part is knowing that in 20-25 years those very shingles will end up in a landfill. In a 60 year span this home will need to have the roofing replaced 3 times. This could very easily reach a total of $25,000.00. The average cost of installing a entry grade metal roof will be around $300.00 per square. This equates to $9,000.00 for the average ranch home. This Metal Roof will have no problem in lasting 60 years, and will do so for the total cost of the original purchase. ( $9,000.00 )
In the 60 year example that we laid out, here is the true total Cost of the two roofing systems
Metal Roofing–$9,000.00 ( a Total Savings of $34,000.00 )
What is the True Cost of Metal Roofing? You can’t afford NOT to buy a Metal Roof.
What are some of the differences between Standing Seam and Alpha Rib?
- A. Pricing: the 29-gauge Alpha Rib is more cost effective not only because the metal is thinner but also because the labor is less intensive than standing seam. However, it is not comparable to the hundred year standing seam roofs that you see today on old farm houses when it comes to performance. The reason being that it is an overlay system rather than a snap lock system, it is also applied using a screw through system rather than a concealed fastener system, which makes it much easier to install, but cuts down on ‘weatherability’ and also the appearance.
- B. Turnover time. Any orders of in stock colors of Alpha Rib can be processed for Pickup / Delivery within 24 hours, while the standing seam has a roughly 2 week lead time depending on color selection.
How does the Metal compare to Shingles when it comes to heating and cooling?
Metal Roof is a LOT cooler! With today’s paint process, it causes the paint to REFLECT the sun’s rays, instead of ABSORBING it the way asphalt does. For more information regarding this topic, click here.
I live in a heavy snow area, is it possible to keep the snow from sliding off my roof?
With one of our various snow-stops, that install directly onto your metal, you will have no snow piling around the sides of your house, or on your sidewalks! For more information on this topic, click here
Is there anything I can do to prolong the life of my Metal Roof?
If you live in a dusty or wooded area, a light washing in the spring will keep the debris from building up on your roof. Keep in mind, however, that walking or working on a finished roof may cause minor scratching.
Can I put Sky-Lights in my Metal Roof?
We offer special sky-light flashing kits for all our roofing products. When installed correctly the skylight kits work very well.
I have a Gazebo, and would like to put Metal on its round, cone-shaped roof. Is that possible?
Yes! With our automated machines and computerized brakes, even the most complicated shape is possible!
Who can I call to ensure my Metal is installed correctly?
If you call our office in Holmesville, 330-674-7051, we will get you connected with one of our certified installers. You can then rest assured, your New Roof will last you a Lifetime!