Everything you need to know about Metal Roofing

What is a Metal Roof?

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A metal roof is simply a roofing system made using metal pieces, tiles, or panels. A metal roof is a part of the roofing envelope which is the physical separator between the inside and outside of the building and is designed to provide resistance to air, water, heat and sound. The roof also contributes to structural support and is a significant contributor to the overall aesthetic appearance of a building.

Types of Metal Roofing

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Standing Seam Metal Roofing

Standing seam metal roofs are a popular choice for homes and commercial buildings.

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Exposed Fastener Metal Roofing

Exposed fastener metal roofing panels are well suited to large and commercial buildings where strength and span is essential.

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Metal Shingle and Tile Roofing

Metal shingle and tile roofing looks remarkably like asphalt shingles and clay tiles.

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Metal Roof Retrofit and Recover

Metal roof retrofit and recover offers a low cost and environmentally-friendly alternative to roof replacement.

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Why Metal Roofing is Gaining Popularity

Longer life span, improved energy efficiency and a reduced environmental impact are just a few of the key benefits homeowners consider when choosing a metal roof. 

The initial cost is often more than a traditional asphalt roof; however, that cost is more than offset by its increased lifespan. Metal roofs can last 40 to 60 years saving significant money (and hassle of replacement) over the long-term. Besides longevity, metal roofing typically uses a reflective solar coating designed to minimize heat buildup and reduce air conditioning costs.

An if all of that isn't enough, metal weighs less and installs more quickly than traditional shingle products.  And for homeowners tired of constant asphalt shingle replacement, metal can often be installed over existing shingles which saves the cost/labor of shingle tear off as well as disposal/landfill fees.  

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Benefits of Metal Roofing Systems

Metal Roofing FAQ

While the upfront costs of installing a metal roof are often higher than shingles, a metal roof lasts longer and will be replaced or repaired far less frequently. A typical shingle roof lasts anywhere from 12 to 20 years, depending upon how well it’s maintained and weather elements it may encounter. Metal roofs, on the other hand, can last between 40 and 60 years while also requiring less maintenance, making them a more cost-effective choice over the lifespan of the roof.

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While it may be true that metal roofs on buildings like garages and pole barns intensify the sound of falling rain, this is primarily caused by the lack of a roof deck, insulation, and underlayment. On a residential home, layers of building materials between the metal roof and the living area reduce the noise significantly, making metal roofs as quiet as any other roofing material when it rains. Check out this video to see and hear for yourself.

Metal roofing actually reflects much of the sun’s heat and energy. While conventional shingles absorb much of the sun’s heat, metal roofing can actually reduce cooling energy costs by as much as 20%. That’s because the coating used on modern metal roof panels incorporates special pigments that reflect the sun’s energy and release heat that is absorbed throughout the day.

Residential metal roofing is available in a variety of aesthetically pleasing designs that can heighten the curb appeal of any home. In addition to conventional panels, there are several styles that are virtually indistinguishable from conventional tile and shingles. Metal roofing is available in a wide array of colors as well, making it easy to find an option that best suits any style of residential home.

The odds of a lightning strike hitting a metal roof are the same as any other roof, regardless of material. In the event that there is a lightning strike, however, metal roofing will not ignite and catch fire since it is not combustible.

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Far from it. Studies conducted by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) have found that metal roofing is far less likely to be punctured by hail than conventional asphalt shingles, withstanding even golf ball-sized hailstones with only cosmetic damage.

Metal roofing consistently outperforms shingles when it comes to resisting harsh elements. In addition to being fire and hail resistant, metal roofs are also effective against extreme winds. Many insurance companies recognize the durability of metal roofing, offering discounts for structures with metal roofs.

Definitely not! Like most building materials, metal roofing is available in varying levels of quality. Homeowners should be sure to ask their contractor or supplier what substrate and paint coating they are recommending for their home. Galvalume steel substrates and Kynar 500® (PVDF) coatings provide the best long-term peformance. Click here for facts about substrates and coatings.

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Residential Metal Roofing Guide

All across the country, homeowners are ditching their shingle roofs and upgrading to metal! While residential metal roofing isn’t new, it is gaining in popularity because more homeowners are recognizing the many environmental and energy-related benefits that metal roofing has to offer.

This eBook was developed to help guide homeowners who have an interest in metal roofing systems but are seeking a little more knowledge and understanding before finalizing their decision. If that’s your situation, this information is for you.

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What Home and Building Owners Are Saying

Whether you’re installing a roof on a newly-constructed home or building or replacing an existing roof, selecting the right roofing material is an important decision. Most owners chose asphalt shingles out of habit, despite the fact that no building material has a shorter service life. Today, more people than ever are turning to metal for their roofing needs.

At McElroy Metal, we understand that our customers may have questions or concerns about metal roofing. To address those issues and show why a metal makes sense for your home or building, we’ve put together the following case studies from happy owners that have made the switch to metal.

You literally can’t tell that our roof isn’t regular shingles from the road. In fact, our neighbors are all shocked to find out our new roof is metal.

Mary Hayes

Several of the neighbors have commented how much they like it too. But they were concerned that it would be noisy when it rained. I tell them it’s not like one of my uninsulated sheds at the farm. Once you have the plywood deck and insulation, there’s no more noise than a traditional asphalt shingle roof.

Gene Zoss

There have been some neighbors come look at it because they like the idea that it’s maintenance free. More folks are definitely considering it for their homes. My brother is even going to go with it when his shingles need replacement.

John Louis

Find a Distributor/Contractor Near You

Whether you’re building a new home or planning renovations, a metal roof can deliver long-term cost savings and comfort. To explore your options and find the product that meets your aesthetic and budgetary needs, contact a McElroy Metal distributor or contractor in your area today. 

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