Why Should You Consider Metal?
Various kinds of metal have been used as roofing materials for centuries. It took the invention of “standing seam” metal panels in the 1960s for metal roofs to become more mainstream. As homeowners are looking for more durable roofing solutions and greener options, metal roofs are becoming increasingly more popular.
One of the biggest reasons people dismiss metal roofing as an option is the cost. Metal roofing is more of an upfront investment, but with the extended warranty (40 to 50 years depending on the manufacturer), higher resistance to the elements and overall lighter weight, it is considered a longer lasting, “permanent” solution. When you consider that every ten years, the cost of asphalt shingles will double because of crude oil costs, you will save money long-term by installing a metal roof.
Aside from cost, metal, by its generalized nature, can concern consumers about using it as a roofing material. Metal gets really hot, rusts and conducts lightning, which doesn’t sound like the best thing to install on your home. Here is the truth about metal roofing:
Asphalt shingles absorb heat from the sun and pump it into your building for at least 8 hours after the source is removed. A metal roof is installed with a high temperature ice and water shield, which helps prevent melting, heat transfer and deck damage. Once the heat source is removed from a metal panel, the heat immediately leaves your roof and your building.
The metal used in our roofing solutions is Galvalume, which is a mixture of aluminum and zinc. This will not rust because there is no steel in its makeup.
Metal is a lightning conductor, but it doesn’t attract lightning. If struck by lightning, a metal roof will disperse the energy safely throughout the structure. It also has a Class A Fire rating, meaning it won’t burn or melt, which is critical when dealing with lightning.
Metal panels and metal shingles are screwed down rather than installed with nails. This gives them a higher wind warranty than asphalt shingles.
Types of Metal roofing
Our roofing experts will be able to recommend the right product for your home.
We offer the following metal roofing options:
This roofing solution is custom cut to fit your home. It features a full, seamless, interlocking panel system with no exposed fasteners. This is perfect for low or steep pitched roofs.
MasterRib® / Corrugated Metal Panels
This system features a full, seamless panel system that is screwed together with exposed fasteners. This is also custom cut to fit your home and is perfect for low or steep pitched roofs.
Metal shingle panels look like an asphalt architectural shingle or a wood shake roof. We install our products with hidden fasteners that look sleeker and are never exposed to the elements. Other metal shingles that use exposed fasteners have rubber grommets that can crack and leak over time.
Weighing in at around 150 lbs. per square (depending on the manufacturer), metal shingles weigh less than standard asphalt shingles, which can weigh up to 250-300 lbs. per square! The lighter material is easier on your home structure.
Metal shingles also qualify for an insurance discount because of their Class 4 Hail Resistance!
- CertainTeed Matterhorn
- DECRA Shingle XD
- DECRA Shake XD
- Gerard Granite Ridge
If you are considering a metal roof in St. Louis, our professional roofing specialists have the quality products, experience and knowledge to install or repair a roofing system for your home or specific project.