Standing seam metal roofs are growing in popularity thanks to a number of factors.
Longevity. Metal roofs can last 100 years, depending on the material. Traditional asphalt roofing materials have an estimated life expectancy of roughly 12-20 years.
Durability. Some metal roofs can sustain wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour, will not corrode or crack, and may be impact-resistant (depending on which metal you choose). In addition, metal roofs don’t need the periodic costly maintenance that other roofing materials often require.
Safety. Metal roofs will not spark and ignite into flames during a wildfire or lightning strike.
Energy efficiency. Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, which can reduce cooling costs by 10-25%.
Environmentally friendly. Metal roofs not only have 25-95% recycled content, depending on the material used, but are also 100% recyclable at the end of their life as a roof. In contrast, most shingle tear-off waste ends up as part of the building-related waste stream — up to 20 billion pounds per year.
At Liberty Metal Works, we have been installing standing seam metal roofs for many years.
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Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get about standing seam metal roofs:
Can I use a metal roof on an existing home?
Yes. We will remove your existing roof; inspect the substrate, making sure that it is sound. We will then install the vapor barrier and the new LSM panels.
What kind of maintenance is required for a standing seam metal roof?
Steel roofs with their smooth surface practically clean themselves. Minimal maintenance is required with a new metal roof. Depending on your situation and location, roof top accumulation of debris should not be noticeable. It is recommended that once a year, the roof should be rinsed off using a light detergent to remove dust, dirt, and debris.
How long will a metal roof last?
It is likely that your new metal roof is the last roof that the home will ever need. A properly installed metal roof can last 100 years under normal conditions. Of course an extreme weather event can destroy your entire house. Our panels can withstand severe weather on a regular basis. They have a UL 90 up-lift rating and UL class A fire rating.
What is the cost of metal versus composition roofing?
The lifecycle cost of a LSM metal roof is several times less than conventional roofing due to minimal maintenance and lifespan compared to replacing your conventional roof several times. A quality metal roof can cost several times more than a low-grade regular roof. The value in lifespan, minimal maintenance and efficiency more than offset the original price difference.
What about installation?
We recommend hiring only professional sheet metal workers to install your new metal roof. Trained workers can install your new metal roof in less time and hassle than you could yourself. Poor installation can negate many of the benefits of metal roofing. An added advantage to hiring professionals is the full weather warranty provided.
Is it noisy when it rains?
One of the misconceptions of metal roofing is that it noisy. In a modern home most of the noise from hail or rain is related to the skylights and roof vents. A properly installed roof over a solid substrate may be subtly quieter than your existing roof. A properly installed roof should provide peace of mind every time it rains.
What about environmental concerns?
Metal roofing is a smart choice for the customer concerned about the environment. No roofing is friendlier to the planet than metal roofing. When you consider the durability, energy savings and the fact that it’s completely recyclable. Steel is the most recycled material on the earth. This roofing material is 100% recyclable, versus composition shingles which are zero percent. Metal roofing is suited to every climate. It sheds rain, reflects heat and ignores snow and ice.