METAL MAX FAQS
This is the most common question we receive. Over the life of a home, metal roofing is the most economical roofing material, saving in total installation, maintenance, and energy costs.
Today’s metal roofing systems are built to last. Our pre-painted metal roofing is much stronger and more durable than traditional asphalt shingle roofing as well as virtually maintenance free. Homeowners who invest in metal roofing can further decrease their roof’s life cycle cost by:
- Reducing energy bills by reflecting heat in the summer.
- Reducing insurance prices and chances of structural damage due to severe weather such as hail, high winds, and fires.
- Lastly, metal roofs are 100% recyclable at the end of a long, useful life making them very environmentally friendly verses asphalt shingles. This reduces the burden on our local landfills.
No, this is a common misconception about metal roofing. Metal roofing is typically installed over a solid deck and underlayment and/or existing shingles. Additionally, attic space and insulation serve as added sound barriers. As a result, the noise levels of a metal roof during inclement weather are the same as an asphalt shingle roof.
Yes, you can; however, like walking on any roof, you should use caution. You should discuss specific details about walking on your roof with your installation company.
Metal roofs are very tough and highly resistant to structural hail damage, much more so than asphalt/fiberglass shingles. In fact, many metal roofing products have the highest impact resistance and hail rating granted by the insurance commissions in the hail belt regions of the U.S. Some insurance companies even provide a reduced rate for metal roofs.
Metal roofing products are extremely wind resistant and can withstand years of abuse from high winds. Wind resistance can be as high as 140 MPH on many styles of metal roofing.
Yes, a steel roof is the most fire safe roof and has earned a Class “A” fire rating (the highest level of protection, based on installation). Because it is made of steel, our metal roof will not burn and is safe from exposure to airborne burning cinders.
Surprisingly, metal roofs are significantly lighter than other types of roofs. Typically, they weigh less than one-third the weight of asphalt/fiberglass shingles; and are as much as 75% lighter than clay, concrete or slate.
Galvalume® coated steel roofing panels are protected by layers of metallic and polymer coatings. Industry studies have repeatedly shown them to outperform the corrosion resistance of other coated metals. The corrosion resistance of our steel roofing is so exceptional, even our unpainted roof panels carry a 25-year limited warranty. We also use the same corrosion resistant steel with our 40-year paint system, providing you the highest level of corrosion protection you can get in the industry.
Steel roofing is no more susceptible to lightning than any other roofing material. Actually, since metal roofing is non-combustible, it is a very desirable roofing option where severe weather is a concern, especially lightning.
Usually not if you’re installing the metal roof over existing asphalt, fiberglass or composition shingles (maximum of two layers thick). It’s very common for metal roofs to be installed over the old roof. This saves on labor costs and disposal costs for stripping the old roof, not to mention reducing landfill waste.
Actually, a metal roof can save you money on your energy bills because it has a higher heat reflectivity than other roofing products like asphalt/fiberglass shingles, wood, tile, etc. Studies have shown you can save up to 25% in energy costs compared to dark-gray asphalt shingles (ORNL, FSEC). During the summer it makes buildings cooler by efficiently reflecting away sunlight and reducing the amount of heat transmitted into the building. Likewise, it makes buildings warmer in the winter by reflecting inside heat from the underside of the roof back into the building.
Galvalume® is 55% Al-Zn (aluminum – zinc) coated sheet steel that is ideally suited for most types of roofing applications. An estimated 40 billion square feet of Galvalume® now covers buildings in all kinds of climates and environments throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as Europe, Asia and Australia. Galvalume® is an ideal material for roofing because of its extraordinary outdoor corrosion resistance and resulting long life. It is extremely popular due to its versatility, ease of use, aesthetics and long-term performance.
MetalMax exclusively uses Galvalume® coated metal roofing and siding panels, which are protected by layers of metallic and polymer coatings.
Industry studies have repeatedly shown Galvalume® to outperform the corrosion resistance of other coated metals. The corrosion resistance of our metal roofing is so exceptional, even our unpainted metal panels carry a 25-year limited warranty. We also use the same corrosion resistant steel with our 40-year paint system, providing you the highest level of corrosion protection you can get in the industry.
Metal is a recyclable material, unlike asphalt shingles. Billions of pounds of asphalt are dumped into our landfills each year. In many instances, metal can be applied over an existing roofing material (depending on your local codes), eliminating the need to tear off the roof and deposit into a landfill.
One of the benefits of working with MetalMax is that we custom cut your panels to the nearest 1/8 of an inch. Lengths longer than 32 feet are also available but incur an additional freight charge.
Uninstalled panels should never be stored unprotected from the weather. Dew or other moisture can cause water spots and even premature rusting or early failure of the coating. If panels are stored outside, ensure they are covered and ventilated.
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If you are considering metal for a roof or building project, MetalMax is here to help. We are a knowledgeable manufacturer in both metal roofing as well as metal building materials.
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