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.
Find a Metal Roof in Chicago. Metal roofs have been used since antiquity. Ancient metal roofs were made of sheets of lead or copper, and colonists in the early United States used roofs of sheet iron, which were coated with tin, lead or zinc to make them rustproof. Metal roofs are usually installed as sheets with standing seams to guard against leakage. In the latter part of the 19th century, roofs began to be made of corrugated iron panels, which were so strong that they needed less support than other roofing materials. In the 20th century, corrugated aluminum panels were used as roofing material because they also required less support. Now, metal roofs can have elements shaped to look like shingles or tiles.
Today’s options for Chicago metal roofing include metal panels. These panels come in a variety of bright colors. They have a bare steel foundation over a backer coat. Over the steel is a layer of galvanized coating, a zinc coat, a coat of primer that resists corrosion and a final coat of polyester finish. They are easy to install, maintain, clean and resist dirt and stains. Some are available in lengths of three through 40 feet.
Other steel shingles are made to look like cedar shakes. They’re extremely long lasting and can resist hurricane force winds, though they’re both lightweight and fire resistant. The shingles can also be installed over a roof that’s already in place. Unlike real cedar shingles, which turn rich silver over time, these metal shingles come in a good selection of colors.
Steel roofs can also be coated with stone. These stone coated steel roofs, which come in shapes that resemble traditional adobe tiles, are made of an aluminum zinc alloy covered with steel coated with stone granules. The granules are sealed with a polymer. They have all the beauty of tile roofs, but they’re lighter, won’t split, rot or burn and aren’t troubled with cracking or the shrinkage and expansion that comes with seasonal weather. Again, these tiles can be bought in pretty, traditional colors.
Stone coated metal shingles can also be had. Like the other stone coated metal roofing options, they require little maintenance and last for decades. They’re made of the same materials as the steel tiles, and are locked together. This interlocking, together with the nonporous nature of the metal, makes the roof especially weatherproof. Stone coated metal shingles can also be installed over an existing roof, so the homeowner doesn’t have the added expense of having to remove the original roof. Contact an Chicago metal roofing installer today to help you determine what the best options are for your circumstances.
If you are building a new home or if you want to replace your existing roof, you need to seek out the best roofing company in the Chicago area. Luckily for you, the research has been done for you. Chicago Roofing Company is the top roofing company in the region!
Chicago Roofing Guys Company uses only the best materials and hires the most experienced and trustworthy roofers. When you hire Chicago Roofing Guys Company for any of your roofing needs, you can be rest assured that the work will be done quickly, properly and for an affordable price.
Metal Roofing You may be wondering why a lot of home owners and business owners are talking about metal roofs these days. There are several reasons why metal roofing is so popular right now. Some of the reasons are financial reasons and others are aesthetic reasons. A metal roof is resistant to impact from hail and anything else that may fall on your roof. Additionally, a metal roof typically does not lose this resistance as it ages. This type of roof is also very resistant to fire damage. These roofs also retain their value and last a long time, so many property owners think about this quality when deciding on their roofing materials. In fact, metal roofs can last up to three times as long as asphalt roofs.
Save Money Another reason to contact Chicago Roofing Guys Company is that property owners with metal roofs can save money on their utility bills because many of the modern metal roofs have Kynar coatings that are UV resistant. A metal roof simply looks nice. It is shiny, looks sturdy and is available in many different styles, textures and even colors. If you want a beautiful roof, you need to contact Chicago Roofing Guys Company today to get started.