What is Metal Roofing installation?

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Learn More About Metal Roofing

The design of homes and businesses are more and more incorporating the long-lasting and protective implementation of metal roofing. With various metal materials, colors and shapes available in the market these roofing materials also provide a uniquely modern aesthetic to any property. With their life spans of 50 plus years, they can last for decades. Additionally, with their many protective benefits, maintenance is rare and minimal. It’s important to get in touch with a professional roofer if you’d like to know more about specifics with metal roofing that would ultimately fit best with your particular property. Until then, here is some general information regarding metal roofing that may prove useful to you.

How Metal Roofing is Made

Metal roofing is made from various metal roofing materials from aluminum, copper, zinc, iron, steel and more. Sometimes you’ll see metal roofing materials strengthened with coatings that offer additional protection that would otherwise not be there with the base metal. Galvanized steel, for example, takes iron-steel sheets and coats them with zinc which can help prevent rust formation. Galvalume does the same yet it blends zinc, aluminum, and silicon to coat the steel and thereby prevent corrosion.

Are there different grades of metal roofing?

There are different types of metal roofing that will provide upgraded protection and the three primary ones are galvanized steel, galvalume, and weathering steel. 

What metal roof is best?

Metal roofing that is used the most due to meeting the needs of different roofs is aluminum, zinc, copper, stainless steel and galvalume. A good place to start when deciding on what type of metal roof would be the best for your commercial or residential property is by seeing what the unique aspects will be of the structure as well as the climate of the area.

What gauge metal roof is best?

It’s important to realize that with metal roofing the higher the number in gauge the thinner the material will be. For residential roofing, a gauge of 29 is the minimum that’s recommended, although a 26 gauge will work well for most projects. With locations that have higher winds, hail or other severe weather a 24 gauge is more advisable.

Does a metal roof keep your house cooler?

Metal roofing will have the ability to reflect heat and light due to their low thermal mass which means they won’t absorb and retain heat. This will allow for your HVAC to work with more ease so less energy will be used in maintaining stable temperatures. Essentially, metal roofing is an energy-efficient option that will lower monthly utility costs. What’s more, the ability to reflect heat will also mean low maintenance as premature wear is typically caused by sun damages on various roofing materials across the board.

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How do you maintain a metal roof?

  • Clean off any mildew, dirt, stains or other elements.
  • Clean out drains and gutters.
  • Remove leaves or debris in valleys or other dead spots.
  • Remove sticks or branches touching the roof’s surface.
  • Make sure metals or materials aren’t touching the roof.
  • Look for scuffs, scratches, chipping, flaking, chalking or fading.

Do Metal Roofs need lightning rods?

It’s a common misconception that metal roofs will attract lighting. However, they won’t draw in lightning any more than other materials or things on the ground. This misconception could be due to the known fact that metal itself is an electrical conductor, yet that ultimately has nothing to do with attracting lightning.

Does having a metal roof lower your insurance?

Metal roofing is looked at more favorably with insurance companies as research has shown that metal roofs are less likely to be damaged by storms or fires. This will mean the insurance company will be less likely to be called upon to pay an insurance claim. What’s more, homeowners insurance can offer discounts due to the addition of metal roofing. There are also other monetary benefits with metal roofing that can prove attractive to those looking to install the material so it’s important to look more into the matter.

What does metal roofing cost?

Metal roofing prices will typically fall between $5-$17 per square foot depending on the material and shape chosen.

Can I put a metal roof over shingles?

Metal roofing can be installed over shingles without tearing them off as long as local building codes will allow for it. (Some may even allow third layers of roofing materials.) This can add extra protection to the roof as well as save on the time of various processes involved with tearing off former roofing materials. 

Get in Touch With a Professional Roofing Company

Ultimately, if you require more advice on a metal roofing installation that will best fit with the specifications of your property it would be best to get into contact with a quality roofing company. They will be able to conduct roof inspections to see what kind of metal roofing material would work best with your property’s dimensions, design, and other factors. Metal roofing will be a great way to protect your home for generations to come! Increase the appeal of your property today by implementing a metal roof.

If you’re interested in metal roofing in Wilkes-Barre, Dallas, and Scranton, PA call (570) 266-8208 with Independent Construction!