Homes With Metal Roofs

Homes With Metal Roofs

Hi Cardel, The roofer you consulted is either purposely misleading you or does not know what he is talking about. While most asphalt shingle roofs get blown away in a hurricane, most properly-installed metal roofs remain on houses they were designed to protect. That’s why many architects prefer metal over shingles when specifying roofing systems for homes. Since most modern metal roofs are rated for hurricane-grade winds, you’ve got nothing to worry about with a properly installed metal roof. Energy efficiency and longevity are also important to consider even if the initial/upfront cost of a metal roof is higher than shingles. As far as your concern about wind uplift, most asphalt shingles roofing systems are only rated for up to 60 mph winds. Should you decide to save a bit of money upfront and go with shingles, look for a system that is rated for hurricane-grade winds. Look for a high-end architectural/dimensional (heavier and thicker grade) of asphalt shingles from companies such as GAF, Owens Corning, or Certainteed, but remember their warranties are pro-rated and pretty much meaningless. — The roofer should also use 8 nails per shingle to make it less prone to being blown away in the storm. With metal roofs, many systems are rated for 110 to 160 mph winds. I know stone-coated steel roofs from manufacturers like Gerard or Decra are popular in Florida, although I personally prefer the look of metal shingles or better yet standing seam (more costly). You can find a quality roofing contractor and estimate the cost of installing a metal roof on 150 Points. Their database of roofing pros is growing, and their roofing cost calculator is second to none. Hope this helps and Good Luck!
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Homes With Metal Roofs

Since most modern metal roofs are rated for hurricane-grade winds, you’ve got nothing to worry about with a properly installed metal roof. Energy efficiency and longevity are also important to consider even if the initial/upfront cost of a metal roof is higher than shingles. As far as your concern about wind uplift, most asphalt shingles roofing systems are only rated for up to 60 mph winds. Should you decide to save a bit of money upfront and go with shingles, look for a system that is rated for hurricane-grade winds. Look for a high-end architectural/dimensional (heavier and thicker grade) of asphalt shingles from companies such as GAF, Owens Corning, or Certainteed, but remember their warranties are pro-rated and pretty much meaningless. — The roofer should also use 8 nails per shingle to make it less prone to being blown away in the storm. With metal roofs, many systems are rated for 110 to 160 mph winds. I know stone-coated steel roofs from manufacturers like Gerard or Decra are popular in Florida, although I personally prefer the look of metal shingles or better yet standing seam (more costly).
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Homes With Metal Roofs

Hi Holly, 1) Normally, a ribbed (R panels) metal roof should be considerably less expensive than standing seam. Ribbed metal roofs normally have exposed fasteners, so that is one downside, but if your roof’s slope meets manufacturer’s specs. then it could be a nice way to keep your house cooler in the summer. Make sure you go with a Kynar 500 equivalent, CoolRoof rated color. A metal shingles roof could be another less-costly than standing seam option for you. Flashing details around dormer and skylights may be tough with a ribbed metal roof. 2) Ice and water shield is more important to have for a roof covered with asphalt shingles where melted water can actually rise up underneath the shingles. I think 3 feet of ice and water on each side should be plenty. But, what about the underlayment? What kind of underlayment are you getting? You should be asking for a breathable synthetic underlayment such as Deck Armor by GAF. They sell it at Lowe’s and Home Depot. 3) If you go with standing seam and oil canning is a concern, there is a simple way to prevent it; getting mid-panel stiffening ribs, for the full length of a metal panel. Also, the wider the panel the higher the chance of oil canning to occur, so keep the width of the panel in mind. 4) Properly installed metal roofs should withstand the wind gusts of 100 mph and then some. You should check the system specs. before the installation. 5) Ridge Vent only works if there are soffit vents. So, the answer is yes, as long as you have soffit vents. Good Luck!
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Homes With Metal Roofs

Lightning. Many people assume that because metal conducts electricity it also attracts it. This really isn’t the case, and there are many documented instances of lightning striking trees or other high objects located near metal roofs rather than the roofs themselves. Just the same, if desired, metal roofs can be easily grounded by a lightning protection company.
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Homes With Metal Roofs

I’m doing the research to replace my cedar shingle roof, which is failing (it is original to the house, 1985). Some of the shingles are nearly 2 inches thick, nice quality shingles. However, we want a metal roof. The house is about 100 yards from the Pacific Ocean, so I understand from reading this site I should be looking at aluminum, and a thick gauge since I’m in Oregon with extreme winds, at times. My question concerns the fasteners. Do I understand correctly that the standing seam roof uses fasteners that are not exposed to the elements (salt spray)? A contractor I talked with indicated the metal roofs in this area have had problems with rusted fasteners even if the roof is okay. I wonder if they did other type of metal roofs, or if I’m just too close to the ocean to have metal. Also, I went to the 150Points.com web site and there are no contractors in my area for over 100 miles. The down side to living the quiet life. Can a regular contractor be trusted to properly install a metal/aluminum roof? Thank you. This site has great information.
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Homes With Metal Roofs

Is a metal roof right for your home? When properly designed and installed, our cool metal roofs can reduce energy consumption, providing cost savings and immediate return on your investment. ABC’s superior quality panels help extend the life of your home’s roof and our broad spectrum of colors, finishes, and gauges give you the beauty and comfort you expect. What does metal roofing cost? Metal roofing has a higher initial cost than other roofing materials; however, your metal roofing investment will save you time and money in the long term. Compared to asphalt shingles, metal roofing has a longer lifespan (15-18 years vs. 60+ years), requires only annual maintenance, and reflects heat, making it more energy efficient than a traditional asphalt roof. These benefits make metal roofing a better long-term investment for your home.
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Homes With Metal Roofs

We live in South Florida and is at the point where our current shingle roof needs replacing. We are considering doing a metal roof, or going back to shingle. Cost maybe a factor for us with the metal roof. However, if we do decide to do metal, what advice would you give? I was told by one contractor, that metal roofs are not good, as if there is a hurricane the way metal is installed, it may take the entire roof off, not just the metals. On the other hand if we decide on shingle, we want a modern look and longevity, so which type of shingles would work?
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Homes With Metal Roofs

We live in South Florida and is at the point where our current shingle roof needs replacing. We are considering doing a metal roof, or going back to shingle. Cost maybe a factor for us with the metal roof. However, if we do decide to do metal, what advice would you give? I was told by one contractor, that metal roofs are not good, as if there is a hurricane the way metal is installed, it may take the entire roof off, not just the metals. On the other hand if we decide on shingle, we want a modern look and longevity, so which type of shingles would work? I await you advice!!
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31. Modern metal roofs come in well over 100 colors, which include standard, premium and customized colors. The number of color options for metal roofing is a lot greater than the options you get with asphalt shingles roofs (only about 15-20 standard colors).
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36. Metal roofs such as aluminum or steel shingles can last for 50 years and often longer, while copper and zinc roofs can often last well over 100 years. – This means that a typical metal roof will last about 3-7 times longer than a typical asphalt shingles roof, which usually needs to replaced every 12-17 years.
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Fire resistance. Because metal roofs are noncombustible, they’re given a Class A fire rating (the most resistant). Part of a roof’s classification depends on materials beneath the surface that could ignite in intense heat. Most metal roofs applied over a combustible material such as wood shingles have a lower, Class C rating.
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There are other advantages, as well. Metal roofs are lightweight, sometimes allowing them to be installed directly over old roofs. And when metal roofing is painted with specially formulated “cool pigments”, solar energy is reflected and emitted (rather than radiated as heat into the attic).