Why Choose Metal?

Posted on: January 19, 2016 by in Metal Roofing
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Metal Roofing ChicagoQ: Why Spend a little more for Metal Roofing?

A:  Conventional roofing materials have a significantly shorter life span and according to the insurance industry, the average replacement age of a typical 40-year architectural asphalt shingle is between 10-12 years.  They begin to devalue your home because of discoloration, stains and algae growth within the first 7 years after installation.  A metal roofing system remains looking brand new for over 25 years and never needs to be replaced.  In addition, metal roofing systems are designed to install over existing roofs, such as asphalt and wood shake, eliminating hassle and expense of messy tear-offs.  Homeowners never have to worry about rainstorms flooding their home during their roofing project.  If a homeowner remains in their home for the next 10-12 years, it’s easy to see how a metal roofing system will actually save money (see question on cost comparison).  When it comes to resale value, all other roofing products depreciate but a metal roofing system actually increases in value with the rest of your home and has a transferable warranty for the first 40 years after installation.  In addition, metal roofing systems are distinctively beautiful and save homeowners up to 30% on utilities.  No conventional roof can make these claims.  Homeowners will never need to hire a roofing contractor as long as they live in their home, that’s priceless!

Q: I’ve heard metal roofing systems are hot?

A: Just the opposite is true; metal-roofing systems will reduce your homes energy cost.  Regardless of the color you chose or whether you chose Zinc coated galvalume steel with highly reflective finishes or aluminum.  These products reflect as much as 95% of all radiant heat, along with the airspace beneath each shingle, these products work like a blanket of insulation and will keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Q: Is a metal roof noisy when it rains?

A: Metal roofing systems will not create additional noise.  The 400- ton forming process, 4-way interlocking design and tight fastening system all contribute to a quiet roofing system by eliminating opportunities for reverberation.

Q: Can I walk on my metal roof?

A: Yes, but since metal roofing requires virtually no maintenance, there should be no reason to do so.  Like any roof, care should be exercised.  You can discuss specific details about walking on your roof with our installation team.

Q: Does my roof have to be removed before installing a metal roofing system?

A: In most cases, No.  A metal roofing system weighs 1/3 the weight of conventional roofs such as asphalt or wood shake, and 1/8 the weight of clay or concrete tile roofs.  We can install over up to two layers of asphalt roofing and over one layer of wood shake, so long as the wood shake hasn’t began the decay and rotting process.  Eliminating the need for tear-off saves money, time, mess and hassle, and protects your home from possible flooding during a roofing project.  It also adds insulation value.  In addition it protects the environment by reducing landfill waste.

Q: How long will a metal roofing system last?

A: Made from “Galva-strength” steel, a stable, inorganic material, metal roofing won’t dry out, split, curl, peel or flake like conventional roofing products.  “Galva-strength” steel combines zinc, aluminum and carbon steel for unequalled barrier and sacrificial protection from the elements.  This substrate has been protecting many of the world’s monumental buildings for decades, and has been in use for over 100 years.

Q: How does a metal roofing system compare in cost to a conventional roof?

A: When comparing cost of replacing a wood shake roof with another wood shake, metal-roofing systems will be similar in cost.  If converting a wood shake to asphalt, a metal roofing system is only approximately 30% more.  CHECK THIS OUT!  When comparing the cost of a conventional temporary asphalt roof to a Lifetime Metal Roof, it’s only fair to compare the actual cost of an asphalt roof over its expected lifetime, which is a ten-year period of time.

Average size home roofed with asphalt cost $5,000.00.  However, you’ll have to replace it in ten to twelve years.  Add 5% inflation over ten years PLUS tear-off cost and do it again for $8,700.00 for a total cost over ten years of $13,700.  It’s easy to see in just a ten-year time frame, a homeowner’s true cost in an asphalt roof is $13,700.00, which is almost as much as a Lifetime Metal Roof averaging $16.500.00 that never needs replaced!

Q: I’m too old to worry about a lifetime warranty when I can get a 30-year Tamko Asphalt Shingle that’s less expensive and will out live me?

A: This is a big misconception and commonly asked question.  We’ve already revealed the real cost of a cheaper asphalt roof with the previous question.  Even the best 30-year asphalt shingle only has a replacement warranty for the first 5-7 years.  After this point it is aggressively prorated to where there is no coverage due to natural weathering, thus being the reason that asphalt roofs need replaced after 10-12 years.  Most of our clients are in their retirement years between the ages of 50-70.  These buyers are well educated and experienced.  They know from experience you get what you pay for in life.  They’ve purchased 4-5 asphalt roofs in their lifetime and know fro a fact that an asphalt roof won’t last 30 years.  These clients are looking for a roof that’s maintenance free as well as worry free from storm damage.  They also want a roof that’s distinctively beautiful.  The answer is simple.  None of us no when our time is here, but if you feel you will still be around 10 years from now, then a metal roof is you best choice.  We have many clients in there 70’s & 80’s.  The likelihood of these clients benefiting from a lifetime warranty 50 years from now is slim.  But eliminating the need to hire a roofing contractor and going through the hassle and interruption in life during elderly years is more than enough reason to spend a little more on a lifetime roof.  You’re guaranteed to never be bothered with roof replacement again!

Q: How well will my metal roofing system stand up to high winds?

A: Conventional roof’s are rated up to 50 m.p.h. winds while metal roofing systems are rated up to 110 m.p.h. and 60 m.p.h. updrafts.