Houses With Metal Roofs

Houses 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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Houses 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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Houses 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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Houses 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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Houses With Metal Roofs

Myth: Metal roofs are loudFalse. Typically, metal roofs are even quieter than an asphalt shingle roof. Metal roofs are usually installed with solid sheathing attached to the underlayment, which helps reduce noise.
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Houses 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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Houses With Metal Roofs

I live in Arizona, in an area that regularly experiences extreme wind and hail storms that can easily damage siding, windows, and roofs on houses around here… I have recently bought a house with an older roof that needs to be replaced soon. So, I am trying to decide on whether I should go with a metal roof or shingles. So far, I’ve gotten a couple of roofing estimates, and standing seam metal roofing came in at about twice the cost of 30 year shingles. I am wondering if a metal roof is worth the money? The contractor also says that I can get a far better insurance rate with a metal roof.
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Houses With Metal Roofs

John 1 year ago Subject: How Difficult is it to Walk on Metal Roofs? We currently have an asphalt roof that we're going to need to replace sometime before next fall. I find myself walking on the roof several times a year; between hanging Christmas lights, taking them down, getting kid stuff (frisbees, balls, nerf darts, etc.) down, etc. The slope on our roof is fairly gentle, but I'm not sure I'd want to be up there if it was metal and wet. How difficult is it to walk on metal roofs? Is there some kind of technique that's preferred? Thanks! replyto John
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Now that you know the facts, is your opinion on metal roofs different? If you have more questions in regard to metal roofs, do not hesitate to call your local roofing contractor. They are there to help educate you and allow you to make the best, informed decision. Are you considering replacing your asphalt shingles with metal roofing? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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A word of caution and quest for advice: If you live in an urban area with small lots and your home is shorter than the neighboring homes, a metal roof may not be right for you (or your neighbors). Our neighbors installed a metal roof last year on their dutch colonial style home. The reflected sunlight off metal roofs is significant. There are 15 feet between our neighbor's home and our taller Victorian four-square. Now, on sunny days, several second and third floor rooms of our house are unbearably hot and unusable. Today the sun is out and I went to open the window in my daughter's bedroom to try to let in some cooler air and I burned my hand on the metal locking latch of the window! It is ridiculous. My husband is unable to use his home office if the sun is out and my daughters cannot stand to be in their own bedrooms. And I can only wonder what kind of damage this excess of reflected sunlight is doing to our paint and siding! So please, if you are considering a metal roof, think about whether it will negatively affect your neighbor. And if anyone has any ideas about anything that could maybe be applied to the roof to reduce the amount of reflection, I would appreciate it! I don't want to complain to my neighbor without a possible solution in mind, but this is becoming a nightmare (or sunny daymare?)! I've done some google searches but have not found anything.