Common Questions About Metal Roofs

You know the importance of your roof to the integrity of your home. If you’re considering getting a metal roof, you likely have a lot of questions about how they differ from an asphalt shingle roof. Here are some frequently asked questions we see.

  1. Are metal roofs loud during rainstorms?

A metal roof can create a soothing sound during a rainstorm, but whether you can hear that sound inside your home will depend on the insulation. When you have sufficient insulation and underlayment, the roof will be no louder than asphalt shingles in the same weather conditions.

  1. Will a metal roof be more expensive?

Metal roofs are more expensive than asphalt shingles because of material and labor costs. They last much longer and are more durable when compared to asphalt shingles, and require less maintenance. This will reduce the repair costs and lengthen the time before your roof needs complete replacement.

  1. Does a metal roof affect cell reception?

Generally, no. Many business owners and homeowners use metal roofs and see no change to their cell reception. If your reception is already weak, a metal roof may cause a decline that can be easily solved with a signal booster.

  1. Do metal roofs rust?

This depends on the material of your metal roof because aluminum won’t rust, but steel will. Rust will mostly occur along the edges of roofing and is less of an issue in inland Indiana. There are many types of roof coating which prevent and resist rust.

  1. Will my metal roof attract more lightning?

No. Metal roofs don’t attract lightning, and they are non-combustible, so any lightning that does affect them will not cause a fire.

  1. How long do metal roofs last?

Metal roofing can withstand extreme weather conditions and, when properly maintained, can last 40 to 70 years. This is significantly longer than the average asphalt shingle roof, which needs replacement every 15 to 30 years. Metal roofs can fade over time, but proper maintenance, refinishing, and protective coating can prevent this.

  1. Can I walk on my metal roof?

The materials of a metal roof make it plenty durable to walk on and less likely to damage from walking than shingles. However, metal roofs sometimes provide less purchase, so wear slip-resistant shoes and don’t go on your roof when it’s snowing or raining.

  1. How long is the metal roof installation?

Metal roof panels are very lightweight and easy to transport. Unlike other roof materials, they’re easy to install at any temperature, so you can get your metal roof any time of year. Metal roofs can also be installed on top of asphalt shingles if needed, making installation quicker without adding too much excess weight to the roof.

  1. Do metal roofs absorb more heat?

Metal roofs reflect heat much better than other roofing materials, which makes them more environmentally friendly. There are coatings that are pre-applied to roofs, which can prevent fading and better reflect solar heat and energy. Metal roofs, because of their heat and energy reflection, can save you a lot of money on heating and cooling bills.

Get Your Long-Lasting Metal Roof

There are a lot of benefits to installing a durable and energy-efficient metal roof. Contact Exteriors by Window Makeover today to see about installing yours.

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