PREMIER METAL ROOFING CONTRACTOR COMPANY
We build roofs that last longer than you!
As the Tri-state’s premier metal roofing company, we proudly boast industry-leading craftsmanship, attention to detail and an unmatched level of customer service. Professionally certified as installers, we have the ability to match every style of home with a product that will both compliment the overall design of your home and pass the test of time.
METAL ROOF MYTHS AND FACTS
Metal Roof Myth #1: Metal Roofs are great for preventing ice dams
False with a caveat – Generally speaking, the main cause of ice dams is poor ventilation and improper attic insulation. Homeowners who add a metal roof without considering these factors are still susceptible to ice dams. That being said, snow does slide off metal roofs and it is great for dispersion of heat so it can help prevent ice damming when combined with proper attic ventilation and insulation.
Metal Roof Myth #2: My metal roof lowers the cost of heating and cooling my home.
True and False: While metal roofs are great for reflecting heat, they are only part of the solution. Homeowners who wish to reduce their overall heating and cooling costs must also consider insulation, windows and ventilation.
Metal Roof Myth #3: My metal roof will increase the resale value of my home.
True: Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular for home buyers. It could be the perception of well built home that a metal roofs give off to potential buyers or simply the notion that the homeowner won’t have to worry about the roof but a recent study published by Remodeling Magazine shows that homes sold with a metal roof had a resale value of 6% higher than those with asphalt roofs. Considering that the average house was $211,000 in 2019, this would tell us that a metal roof increases the value of the average home in the area by approximately $30,660.
Metal Roof Myth #4: Metal roofs are louder than asphalt roofs
False – Properly installed metal roofs require a solid layer of sheathing and plywood along with a higher quality underlayment than most asphalt roofs. Together, they typically result in a roof that substantially quieter than an asphalt shingle roof.
Metal Roof Myth #5: Metal roofs make your house hot
Very False – Metal roofs will actually help cool your home in the summer and heat your home during the winter. Because metal disperses energy more rapidly than asphalt shingles, it will maintain a more consistent temperature in your attic and help reduce overall heating and cooling costs by up to 40% when paired with a well insulated, vented and sealed home.
Metal Roof Myth #6: Metal roofs are heavy
False – Depending on the brand, style and thickness of metal you chose, metal roofs are up to 50% lighter than the standard asphalt shingle roof.
Metal Roof Myth #7: It’s OK to install a metal roof over top of my existing shingles.
False – We hear this all of the time and we highly advise against installing a metal roof over top of your existing shingles. It blows our minds that someone who is choosing a life-long solution like a metal roof would want to cut corners by building on top of old shingles. A new metal roof deserves a proper plywood inspection or replacement, fresh underlayment and attention to detail on all levels. Aside from us being sticklers for detail and moderately OCD, it’s important to remove all the old roofing materials for the following reasons:
- Old shingles curl over time and as they do, it puts upward pressure on the new metal roof.
- Any moisture that could be stuck underneath old shingles will be trapped underneath the new surface and will inevitably cause mold, mildew and degrade the plywood on your roof.
- Without removing the old shingles, you’ll never know if your existing plywood is in good condition.
- Most major metal roofing manufacturers do not honor warranties for metal roofs installed over top of old shingles.
- There is a high likelihood that your home wasn’t designed to hold the weight of both an asphalt roof and a metal roof. Add on the weight of heavy snowfall during the winter and you are asking for problems.