Q. What are the advantages of ecoMetals Roofing System over conventional roofing products?
Asphalt shingles, though reasonably priced, don’t deliver the best in looks or performance. Wood shakes, though attractive, doesn’t have the fire resistance sought by homeowners and mandated by many local codes.
Clay tiles, though beautiful, are heavy and difficult to install, sometimes leading to breakage and safety problems. We give you the best compromise: the appealing look of tile, plus the light weight and high performance of engineered metal roofing.
Q. How much will metal roof last?
Steel is known for its longevity and durability, which why metal roof will last 40-60 years or more. In comparison the average life of an asphalt roof is 10-20 years.
Q. Can you install attic vents, skylights, etc. on a metal roof?
Just like any other roofing system, a metal roof is suitable for all standard accessories and additions.
Q. Is a metal roof damaged by hail?
Metal roofs are very tough and highly resistant to hail damage, more-so than asphalt/fiberglass shingles. In fact many metal roof products have the highest impact resistance and hail rating granted by U.S. insurance. Some insurance companies even provide a reduced rate for metal roofs. ecoMetals Roofing System is classified highest Class 4 as to impact resistance (UL 2218).
Q. Can metal roof resist wind damage?
ecoMetals panels are secured with screw-type fasteners that provide stronger adhesion than nails or glue. They provide resistance to winds up to 150 mph.
Q. Is a metal roof safe in a lightning storm?
A metal roof will absolutely not increase the likelihood of lightning striking your home. However, if your home were hit by lightning, your metal roof would disperse the energy safely throughout the structure. Since ecoMetals Roofing System isn’t combustible or flammable, it’s a low risk and desirable roofing option where severe weather is concerned, especially for lightning.
Q. Is a metal roof noisy when it rains?
This may surprise you, but metal roofing is often quieter than an asphalt shingle roof. When installed with solid sheathing, a metal roof on your home will actually silence noise from rain and bad weather, many times better than other roofing materials.
Q. How will a metal roof stand up to extreme weather?
ecoMetals Roofing System can withstand decades of abuse from extreme weather like high winds, heavy snow, hailstorms, and even wildfires. Metal roofing has a 150-mph wind rating, meaning it can withstand wind gusts equal to an F2 tornado.
Under high wind conditions metal roofing systems have wind resistance and uplift resistance that is above new building code requirements. Naturally, this gives architects and engineers a sense of relief in that they can use the best material to meet those criteria.
In locations that see heavy snow, metal roofing has been the choice of homeowners for years. It sheds snow fast, which protects the structural integrity of the roof. It can also eliminate ice damming at the eves, so water can’t back up, collect under the roof, and then leak into your home.
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. In fact, you should check with your insurance agent as its quite likely that installing a metal roof may reduce your insurance premiums.
Q. Is metal roofing fire safe?
An ecoMetals Roofing System provides you with the most fire safe roofing material. It is classified as a noncombustible roofing material with Class A (UL 790) rating – the highest rating given.
Q. Will a metal roof make my house hot?
As reported by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, installation of reflective metal roofing can save you up to 40% in summer cooling energy costs while highly emissive metal roofs can reduce urban air temperatures by as much as 12 ° F.
Combined, these benefits mean less money out of your wallet, less dependence on energy resources and reduced air pollution.
For homes in warmer climates, pre-painted or granular coated metal roofing systems not only reflect solar energy but also cool your home by re-emitting most of what solar radiation is absorbed.
Where annual cooling loads dominate, a highly reflective and highly emissive painted or granular-coated metal roof is optimal for reducing energy consumption and can actually re-emit up to 90% of absorbed solar radiation.
Q. How much ecoMetals Roofing System weigh?
An ecoMetals Roofing System weighs only 96 lb per square or 0.96 lb per square foot. Concrete and clay tiles can weigh up to 10 times as much. This means it’s safer than heavy tiles in earthquakes or hurricanes.
Q. Does the color fade?
The ecoMetals Roofing System uses a Kynar 500® paint coating to provide additional protection to the already durable roof panels. Kynar 500® paint systems are designed to resist color fading as well as chipping, cracking, and premature aging. Your ecoMetals Roofing System can look like new even decades after installation!
Q. Does ecoMetals Roof System have a product warranty?
Yes. There is 50 year warranty.
Q. Can I apply ecoMetals Roof System over my old roof?
Yes, if you’re installing the metal roof over existing asphalt, fiberglass or shingles. In most situations the ecoMetals Roofing System can be installed directly over the old roof.
Q. Can I walk on the roof?
Many people think you can’t or shouldn’t walk on a metal roof, but the truth is that you can safely walk any metal roof without damaging it. Before doing so, however, we recommend you talk to your installer or us first. We will have the details on how to walk on the particular roof you have, based on the style you choose and your roof pitch.
Q. Is a metal roof environmentally responsible?
Not only is ecoMetals Roofing System great for your home, it’s great for the environment. The recycled content of the steel in a metal roof is about 100% from production to installation, so reuse is far superior to asphalt.
According to the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center, 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into U.S. landfills every year. If you loaded those shingles into tractor trailers, then lined them up end-to-end, they would make a line from New York City to Los Angeles, back to New York City again, then on to Chicago. That’s a lot of wasted asphalt. But because a metal roof can often be installed over your current roof, without tearing off what’s already there, metal roofing helps to reduce this excessive shingle waste.