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Advantages of Metal Roofs
Benefits of Englert Roofing Systems with U.S. Metal Roofing
Why choose Metal Roofing vs Asphalt Shingles?
Why choose Metal Roofing vs Asphalt Shingles?
"Due to the severity of the roof environment, even a one year old roof may look different from a roof that was just installed. While you may have first noticed the cracks or blistering from the ladder as you were cleaning the gutters, please be mindful that these normal weathering characteristics may not be visible when you view your roof from your front lawn or driveway"
- Asphalt Manufacturer, Certainteed
"Failed Shingles that we have tested contain approximately 30% asphalt by weight. New shingles contain less than 25%. This asphalt is mixed with sand and fine mineral matter and then has granules embedded in it. There is not separate asphalt mat "coating"; there is only asphalt binder for the filler. What coating exists on the back of the shingle appears to have bled through the mat from the top side during manufacture. No wonder shingles "weep" water after only a few years."
- Laboratory Testing Facility, Richard Tippert (Applied Roofing Technology)
"The pressures placed on large, public companies to maintain profitability brought forward good old American ingenuity, reduce fiberglass mat weight (fibers were expensive) and increases filler content (asphalt was also expensive)."
- Dwain Bouton, President of Certified Roofing Consultant
"When it comes to shingles, the drawbacks center on service life. While asphalt shingles come with warranties ranging from 20 to as long as 45 years, roofers and builders remain skeptical of those warranties. Since warranties are a marketing device, they are not reliable predictor of lifespan. In the past decade, there have been complaints of asphalt shingle failure long before warranties expired. Many homeowners have been dissatisfied with warranty payouts that didn't cover all the costs of repair or replacement as well."
- Bob Vila, Home Improvement Expert
Questions Homeowners Ask About Metal Roofing?
Q. How much protection does a metal roof offer?
A. FIRE: A metal roof will not burn or support combustion. WIND: Experience from recent hurricanes has shown that metal roofs outperformed other roofing products. WATER: A metal roof has a low rate of water absorption, greatly reducing damage to structure. And a metal roof cannot be penetrated by hail.
Q. Is a metal roof noisy when it rains?
A. Contrary to popular belief, metal roofs are not noisy when it rains. In fact, according to one study, metal roof's noise levels are about the same as the other products like asphalt shingles, wood shingles or clay tiles.
Q. Does my home's present roof have to be removed before a metal roof is installed?
A. In most applications over asphalt, our metal roofs can be applied directly over the old roof, saving money and eliminating a great deal of mess. In addition, because there is no old roof to dispose of, landfill space is spared, help to protect our environment.
Q. Does the roof need to be grounded?
A. Ground of any exterior metal siding or roofing is not recognized as necessary by any major building code organization. Occasionally, certain municipalities or local building codes may require it. Detailed grounding instructions are available.
Q. Why should I spend a little more for a metal roof?
A. Ordinary roofing materials have a shorter life span than metal and will need to be replaced regularly. With constantly increasing material and labor costs, that could mean a significant expense over the life of your home. A metal roof virtually never needs to be replaced, saving you money while adding value to your home.
Q. How can a metal roof save money on energy bills?
A. Metal reflects the majority of the sun's rays, so it doesn't retain as much heat as wood, asphalt shingles, tile or cement. This means a metal roof could help your attic stay cooler longer - leading to a significant reduction in your energy bills.
Q. Can I walk on my metal roof?
A. Yes, but since a metal roof requires virtually no maintenance, there should be no reason to do so. Like any roof, care should be exercised.
Q. How much do these metal shingles weigh in comparison to other types of roofing?
A. These metal Shingles are less than one-third the weight of asphalt, one-twentieth the weight of concrete, and add less than 10% to the weight of the existing roof materials.
Q. How long will a metal roof last?
A. Metal roofs have been successfully used for over centuries and lasts forever.
Q. How good is the paint finish on my metal roof?
A. Our metal roofs are painted with a two-coat, high performance fluoropolymer with exceptional weathering characteristics. Its durability and color retention characteristics are the result of the high molecular weight of its formulation. During its application, the molecules in the paint chemically bond to form a durable, long-lasting finish that resists breakdown by ultraviolet rays and provides the most durable, long-lasting finish available today.