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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We are glad to answer all of your questions at any time, so just give us a call. Here is a quick reference to some of the questions we hear often.
1. How do you know if your roof has problems?
Answer: Leaking is usually discovered after there are more serious issues. Before this happens, inspection should occur about every 6 months. Inside the home, look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard and peeling wallpaper. An examination outside might reveal damaged, cracked or warped shingles; flashings that are loose or falling apart; and gutters that have accumulated surface granules that are excessive.
2. Does a metal roof cost more than a shingled roof?
Answer: No, not necessarily. The 5-V metal roof is equal to the cost of shingles and a metal roof will increase your home value where as a shingled roof does not.
3. How long will your roof last?
Answer: Roofing systems are typically expected to last 15-20 years. However, slate, clay tile and certain metal roofs can last much longer
4. If you have a leak, should you replace your entire roof?
Answer: Not always. Sometimes, leaks are caused by loose flashings or just a section being damaged. If there is full roof damage, it usually cannot be fixed and needs full-replacement. This can be due to the use of improper materials being used, incorrect installation or the system is not adequate for the building itself.
To put it into context, the average lifespan of an asphalt roof is 12 to 20 years. That lifespan can be shorter depending on the pitch of your roof and the climate in your area. Asphalt is made of oil impregnated paper or fiberglass and begins to deteriorate as soon as you expose it to normal weather. A metal roof, however, will never decompose.
Other roofing materials like wood shingle, shake and tile have varying degrees of weather-related problems that lead to breakdown. Wood shingle and shake roofs often need replacement before 20 years.
All of the above roofing materials are well-outlasted by metal roofing, which retains its good looks and durability decade after decade.
5. Is metal roofing noisier in bad weather?
Answer: When installed with solid sheathing, a metal roof on your home will silence noise from rain, hail and bad weather as well – if not better - than any other roofing material.
6. How will a metal roof stand up to extreme weather? **
Answer: A metal roof can withstand decades of abuse from extreme weather like wind, hailstorms, and even wildfires. Metal roofing has a 140 mph wind rating, meaning it can withstand wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour. Under high wind conditions, says architect Jim Mitchell, “Metal roofing systems have wind resistance and uplift resistance that is above new building code requirements. That gives us a sense of relief in that we can use the best material to meet those criteria.” If you live in a part of the country that is prone to wildfires, metal roofing can protect your home should burning embers land on your roof.