By Evelyn Witterholt.
The rising popularity of metal roofing has prompted many homeowners to consider it for themselves. But with this has come a wave of questions, many of which are being directed at roofing contractors and metal manufacturers. American Building Components (ABC) has answered many of these questions already, making it easier for you to answer them for your homeowners. Here are five common questions homeowners may ask you and suggested responses:
There’s actually a lot of reasons why homeowners should choose metal roofing. According to ABC, metal roofs offer over 30 years of durability and functionality. Part of this durability comes from its resistance to water, hail and fire damage as well as its ability to shed ice in the wintertime. Metal roofs from ABC specifically come in a wide range of colors and design choices too, giving homeowners plenty of options for their home.
Metal roofing can be installed over old roofs. According to ABC, “It will not normally overload existing roofs.” Metal roofing weighs less than 1.6 pounds per square foot and can typically be installed directly over existing asphalt roofs. The existing roof can even be used as an extra layer of insulation.
Metal roofing has one of the sleekest looks of all roofing materials on the market. There are many different types of panel profiles homeowners can choose from. ABC recommends using high slim rib panels if they want shadow lines or a low panel profile for a more interesting design. With many colors to choose from too, homeowners are sure to find the perfect metal roof look for their home.
When installed over felt, plywood or an existing roof, noise with metal roofs is not an issue. In fact, ABC says that “the sound generated by rain or hail would be similar to other roofing materials.” This idea of a noisy metal roof likely stems from the idea homeowners have of metal roofs on barns which are usually installed without any insulation.
Although the initial cost of metal roofing is higher than other types of roofs, ABC says that “the lifecycle costs of metal roofing are substantially lower and the length of product life is double and often triple the life span of some traditional materials.” For the homeowner who doesn’t want to and can’t afford to replace their roof every 10 or so years, they should consider metal roofing for this very reason.
Evelyn works as a writer for RoofersCoffeeShop, MetalCoffeeShop and AskARoofer. When she isn’t writing about roofing, she’s either at the gym lifting weights or curled up on the couch watching a movie.
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