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Asked Questions about Metal Roofing:
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|Whether you are building a new home
or building or re-roofing and existing one, making the right decisions is important.
When looking at all the options available today, you will have a lot of questions
about each product. This will be especially true if you have never had or never
considered a metal roof before. There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding
metal roofing products. In this section we hope to answer some of the most commonly
asked questions and present you with some important facts for you to consider
when selecting your next roof. Just click on the questions below: |
* Why should I consider a metal roof?
Will I have to remove my existing roof?
* How much does metal roofing weigh?
What will it look like?
* How long will a metal roof last?
Isn't a metal roof noisy?
* Will my home be hotter with a metal roof?
* Does a metal roof attract lightning?
Will hail damage a metal roof?
* Isn't a metal roof expensive?
* How is metal roofing ordered?
Metal roofing offers a long-lasting alternative to the commonly used and often
problem-plagued roofing materials such as asphalt, clay, wood and slate. Metal
is one of the most practical roofing materials on the market today. It could be
the last roof you will ever need.
* 1521.5: Reroofing shall not be installed on or over an existing deck where the
existing roof sheathing has not been fastened in compliance with this code. This
means you can not reroof unless the existing roof deck was fastened to todays
code. It wont be, and you don't have any way to know because it is under
the old roof. This means you won't be able to reroof over an existing roof, but
will need a new roof. (See our Instructions.)
Metal roofing weighs approximately 1 pound per square foot depending on gauge
and configuration. Conventional shingles average 2 to 2.5 pounds per square foot.
Clay tile weighs about 10 pounds per square foot.
Today's buyer of metal roofing can choose from a wide variety of colors and styles.
Depending on the type of roofing you select, Union Corrugating offers as many
as 15 color choices for your building project. Choose a Performa Shingle roof
(6 color choices) for a traditional dimensional shingle look, Shield Ray™ or Flat
English hand stamped shingles, Advantage-Lok for the sleek and updated lines of
a standing seam roof, or any of our 7 roofing panels for the look you desire.
(See our Virtual Roofer.)
Depending upon the specific metal roofing product you select, a metal roof can
last 50 years or more. This may be the last roof you will ever need! Metal easily
sheds snow and ice and does not absorb water, which can lead to cracking and rotting
in freeze-thaw cycling in other materials. Metal will not rot, split, or crack,
and is impervious to termites and pests. For the longest life of the metal, ask
for our Galvalume coated products. Galvalume coatings come with a 20 year no rust
warranty and are projected to last up to 250 years in some environments. Metal
can be repainted for a change of look and to enhance the product's life. Environmental
factors such as salt spray, industrial emissions and animal waste can reduce the
metal's life expectancy.
This is probably one of the biggest misconceptions about metal roofing. That's
probably because when considering metal roofing people think about old barns and
other structures where the metal is visible to the interior. In many residential
applications the metal roofing is installed over a solid substrate, additionally,
attic space and insulation serve as sound barriers. The fact is metal roofing
isn't any noisier than traditional roofing products.
Metal roofing can reflect as much as 70% of the sun's energy. This minimizes the
heat retention and as a result less heat is transferred into the building. Research
conducted by the Florida Solar Energy Center in 1985 showed that metal experienced
as much as 34% less heat gain than asphalt shingles. Results indicated that metal
roofing offers a similar effect as R-11 insulation during sunny day conditions.
Since lightning is attracted to the highest point, not necessarily metal, a metal
roof has no greater chance of being hit by lightning than any other type of roof.
In the event your roof should be struck by lightning, a metal roof can help prevent
your home from catching fire because it can dissipate the electrical charge. More
importantly, a metal roof is noncombustible.
Metal roofing should be your first choice when it comes to protecting your roof
from hailstorms. Our metal roofing panels come with the highest UL Rating for
resistance to damage from impact such as hail. Hail can cause extensive damage
to a traditional roof by cracking, splitting and tearing off materials. However,
hail will not penetrate a metal roof. In fact, when it comes to providing the
highest level of protection from hail, metal roofing continually receives the
best rating. For more information visit the Institute for Business & Home
Safety's Web site at www.ibhs.org.
Metal roofing is probably the best value roofing material you can select to protect
your home, because it can be the last roof you need to install. In fact, on a
life cycle cost basis, metal roofing can save you up to 40% over the cost of asphalt
shingles. Traditional roofing materials have a limited life expectancy before
you face the expense of another re-roofing project. With proper care your new
metal roof can last 50 years or more, and with Union Corrugating's 25-year paint
warranty, you can be confident that your metal roof will look great for many years.
Unlike other roofing products, metal roofing can simply be repainted to achieve
a different look or extend the product's life.
Metal roofing is custom-cut to the inch based on the individual project measurements
and panels can be provided up to 40 feet in length. Color matching trim is available
in 10', 12', and 20' lengths and flat sheets in 10' lengths. Roll valley and roof
edge is also available.
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