Because metal roofing is a premium home product, you can expect your new roof to cost roughly two to three times what an asphalt shingle roof costs. However, a metal roof is comparable in price to tile roofing or cedar shake roofing. If you currently have a slate roof, you can expect your metal roof to cost less.
No matter what kind of metal roofing style you choose, you’ll never have to worry about your roof again. Most come with a true 40 to 50 year warranty. Plus, your new metal roof will add to the resale value of your home, save you money on your energy bills, and give you peace of mind that you’ll never have to re-roof again.
Do you carry stone coated metal products?
Although we will be the first to admit that stone coated metal roof products can look great, we stand by our commitment to quality, proven, lifetime products which does not include these products.
Most of our customers are tired of replacing asphalt shingles which degrade over time. This degradation commonly includes the stone granules falling off the shingles. The track record of stone coated metal is no better than asphalt shingles. Do your research and search for reviews of the products. There are no manufacturers with more than a 5 year track record that haven’t had issues. This is because the issues come at around the 10-15 year mark. When these issues begin, manufacturers have been known to change names to avoid warranty claims.
Do you want to take the risk that your product deteriorates and the manufacturer is not around for the warranty? We strive to work only with manufacturer’s that have been in business for over 20 years and have perfect track records on their products.
How much longer will a metal roof last than common roofing like asphalt or wood shingle?
You can expect a metal roof to last more than 3 times longer than a regular asphalt roof. In general terms, count on a metal roof lasting 50 years at minimum.
To put it in context, the average life span of an asphalt roof is 12 to 20 years. That lifespan can be shorter depending on the pitch of your roof and the climate in your area. Made of oil impregnated paper or fiberglass, asphalt begins to deteriorate as soon as you expose it to normal weather. A metal roof, however, will never decompose.
Other roofing materials like wood shingle, shake and tile have varying degrees of weather-related problems that lead to breakdown. Wood shingle and shake roofs often need replacement before twenty years.
All of the above roofing materials are well-outlasted by metal roofing, which retains its good looks and durability decade after decade after decade.
Is a metal roof environmentally responsible?
Not only is metal roofing great for your home, it’s great for the environment. The recycled content of the steel in a metal roof is about 28% from production to installation to reuse – 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. 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.
What about fire?
Unlike many other roofing materials, metal roofs are fire-resistant. Even embers that fall or blow onto them won’t cause combustion. Some insurance companies provide discounts to customers with metal roofs. It is common that after a spreading wildfire goes through a neighbourhoood, only houses with metal roofs are still standing.
Metal roofing has so many options; how can I sort my way through everything?
We can help. We pride ourselves on being metal roofing educators as well as providers. One of the great things about metal roofing is the wide variety of products available. If our products are not advisable for your particular situation or budget we will let you know. Our consultation services are always free with no obligation to you.
Can I add insulation to metal panels?
Yes. If you have vaulted ceilings with closed cell spray foam insulation, you may want to increase the R-value of your roof assembly by adding insulation under the metal. You can save utility costs by making your roof more energy efficient. If you have a traditional vented attic, there is minimal benefit as venting is intended to keep your attic the same temperature as it is outdoors.
Will a metal roof make my house or building more susceptible to lightning strike?
No. A metal roof will not make a building more susceptible to a lightning strike. Lightning will tend to strike the highest object in a given area, regardless of what that object is made of. A metal roof can actually be beneficial in the event of a lightning strike due to being a non-combustible material.
Waterloo Metal Roofing is the regions leader in lifetime roofing products. We work with only the best manufacturers in the metal roofing industry to provide our customers with a finished product that exceeds expectations.