metal roofing

Permanent, Energy Efficient & Beautiful!

Metal roofs are durable, energy-efficient, and beautiful. Most importantly, they’re a permanent roofing solution designed to last 50+ years, as opposed to asphalt shingles which need to be replaced every 10-15 years. If a metal roof is installed properly you will never have to install another roof on your home again.

 

3 Kinds of Metal

Copper, Aluminum & Steel
Steel

Steel

Beautiful and long lasting, economical and highly resistant to hail and strong winds. Can come with foam backer and highly energy efficient. Saves you money on your insurance premiums and energy costs.  Stone coated steal is much more economical than other permanent roofing systems and often similar in price to premium asphalt roofs.

Aluminum

Aluminum

Beautiful and long lasting but easily dents and more expensive than other permanent systems. Some aluminum roofing systems can come with foam backer for energy efficiency and some protection from hail but not as resilient as steel roofs.

Copper

copper

Beautiful and long lasting but expensive running about $3000+ per square. Typically only used for accent pieces or small sections because of the cost. The copper will patina over time and change to shades of copper, green, dark brown, and turquoise.

Lifetime Warranty

Because metal roofs are designed to last 50+ years they are considered a lifetime roofing system. If a metal roof is installed properly it will be the last roof you’ll ever put on your home. We only recommend metal roofing systems that come with a lifetime, transferable warranty.

Proper Installation
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The key to a truly permanent roofing system is the quality of the installation. A poorly installed roof will not hold up to the the elements and will require replacement far sooner than a properly installed roof by an experience crew that follows best practices and the manufactures guidelines.

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Asphalt Roof Warranties

Asphalt Roof Warranties

Your typical modern asphalt roof is only designed to last 10-15 years even though they are “warrantied” to be a 30+ year roof. This is because the manufactures only provide any real warranty coverage for the first 10-15 years, after that the warranty coverage typically drops by 80%. Even worse, if you look at the fine print in the warranty you’ll discover that there’s so many exclusions listed that it’s almost impossible for the homeowner to receive any warranty coverage from the manufacture. Foot traffic or even leaves on an asphalt roof is enough of a reason for asphalt shingle manufactures to deny warranty claims for their products.

Think of it this way, the tires on your car WILL wear out and even have a wear indicator to let you know when they need to be changed. Sure you can still drive on them after they’ve reached the wear indicator but it will only be a matter of time before those worn tires fail and probably cause more damage to the vehicle when they do! Asphalt roofing is the same. Many people have asphalt roofs that were installed decades ago and while they might not look the greatest they are in fact still keeping rain out of their home. The reason that many asphalt roofs installed over 20 years ago are still doing their job is the fact that those older shingles were manufactured with a higher percentage of asphalt content compared to the shingles on the market today. Old shingles, typically made with a felt base, have an asphalt content of 30 to 35 percent; new shingles, made with a fiberglass mat base, more typically contain about 20 percent asphalt. This is why a new asphalt shingle roof installed today will not last as long as an asphalt roof that was installed over 20 years ago.

Great Value!

Great Value!

While most permanent roofing systems do cost more than a basic asphalt roofing system they are a much better value and can actually make you money in the long run. This is because of several factors.

First and foremost, a properly installed metal roofing system is designed to and will last several times longer than your typical asphalt roof on the market today. Your typical asphalt roofing system installed today will need to be replaced and is only designed to last 10-15 years while the typical metal roofing system on the market today is designed to last 50+ years and should never fail if properly installed. That means you will have to pay for 2-3 asphalt roofs in the same amount of time that a metal roof will last!

Second, most metal roofing systems are energy star certified and provide far superior energy savings over asphalt roofing. Home owners who have installed a metal roofing system with a foam backer will often see energy savings of 25-30% in warmer climates. Those who install a metal roofing system with foam backer in a temperate climate are likely to see a 10-15% savings on their energy bill. These energy savings stem from the fact that your A/C system is no longer having to fight with the hot attic air seeping into the living space causing the A/C system to run more than it should have to. Since the A/C system is running less the A/C system will actually last longer saving even more money for the homeowner!

Further savings can be achieved with a metal roofing system if your insurance offers a class 4 discount, and most do. Homeowners with a class 4 rated metal roofing system can save as much as 30% on their home owners insurance. This is because of the superior storm protection provided by a class 4 rated metal roof.

Lastly, many metal roofing systems are actually designed to be installed over 1 layer of existing asphalt shingles. If the asphalt roof currently installed on a home isn’t leaking then it will make an excellent sub-roof for many metal roofing systems further decreasing the cost of the new metal roofing system because it typically cost thousands of dollars to remove an old asphalt roof and dump it in a landfill.

class 4 hail rating

Most Metal roofs come with a class 4 hail rating, the highest available! Hail classification ratings are determined by the UL-2218 impact resistance test. For a roof to receive a class 4 rating it must withstand a 2” diameter steel ball being dropped onto the roof from a distance of 20 feet. To pass the UL-2218 test and achieve a Class rating, roofing products cannot develop any tears, fractures, or cracks that extend through the product and are visible under 5X magnification.

The chart below describes the parameters of the UL-2218 test.

class 4 hail rating
Most asphalt shingles are not impact rated, and the few that are Class 4 rated typically cost 10-20% more than those that are not Class 4 rated.

wind resistance

 

wind resistance

Metal roofs carry the highest wind resistance ratings of any roofing systems on the market. Most are rated to withstand 140mph winds and some are even capable of withstanding CAT 5 windspeeds!

quiet!

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quiet

Metal roofs are not noisy! In fact, most metal roofs offer superior noise reduction from exterior noise. Installing a metal roofing system with a foam backer further insulates the inside of a home from the world we live in.

Investment grade

Investment grade

Investment grade

If you were in the market for a new home and were considering two homes, one with a permanent metal roof or one with an asphalt roof, which would you choose? It’s simple, permanent verses temporary. The asphalt roof will need replacing within the next 10-15 years but the metal roof is permanent. Just like the bricks of a home, a metal roofing system will not need to be replaced therefore it becomes an asset and not a liability. Most realtors will tell you to go ahead and replace the asphalt roof on your home before you list it if the asphalt roof is more than 7 years old because many buyers will likely ask to deduct the cost of a new roof from the sale price.

Fireproof

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Fireproof

Metal roofing is one of the few roofing materials that are truly fire resistant. A metal roof will not ignite due to fire embers whereas asphalt roofing is not recommended in fire prone areas.

no/low maintenance

no/low maintenance

no/low maintenance

Most but not all metal roofing systems are completely maintenance free because of the concealed fasteners. An interlocking metal roof with concealed fasteners will not require any maintenance.


Some metal roofing systems have exposed fasteners and should be checked every few years to make sure no fasteners have unseated because of the expansion and contraction of the metal. Some exposed fasteners can loosen over time and need replacement or tightening.

Increases resale value

Increases resale value

Increases resale value

The lifetime, transferable warranty means the permanent roof on a home is truly an asset. Homeowners often receive up to 80% of the cost of a metal roof back when selling a home and houses with a metal roof usually sell faster.

recyclability

Recyclability

steel

Steel Metal roofing most commonly consists of at least 25% recycled materials. This level of recycled content reduces both the cost and the environmental impact of producing new steel, conserving energy and other natural raw materials during the manufacturing process.

aluminum

Aluminum based metal roofs that are installed today are up to 99% recycled content; most of which is post-consumer waste.

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Metal is recyclable once it has reached its end of life unlike asphalt roofing that is rarely recycled at the end of its usefulness.

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The average asphalt residential roof removal generates 1-3 tons of waste. That’s an estimated 10 million tons of shingles dumped in landfills every year nationwide, plus another 1 million tons of scrap generated by the shingle manufacturing process. This is a huge amount of waste to add to our already overcrowded landfills, especially since shingles take approximately 300 years to break down.

Some states even have legislation banning the disposal of asphalt shingles in landfill facilities.

Some asphalt shingle manufactures claim that their product can be recycled but the truth is that this rarely happens. There are few recycling centers capable of the recycling process partly because of the difficulty involved in the process but it’s really about the expense.