3 Things To Know About Metal Roofing When You’re Thinking Of Switching From Asphalt Shingles

If you're trying to decide if you want to have a metal roof installed, you may have a lot of questions about what it's like to live under a metal roof when it comes to noise and how the roof is installed. Making the switch to metal is often a good choice because a new metal roof can last for decades, and you may never have to worry about getting a new roof again. Here are three other things you may want to know about metal roofs.

1. You Have Many Choices In Colors And Appearance

Metal roofs come in many colours, so you can choose a plain white roof if you want, or you can have a red, green, brown or blue roof put on. You can choose the type of metal you want, too, and if you have the budget and like the look, you could put a copper roof on your house. Metal roofing can be stamped in different shapes, so the roofing can look like wood shakes or slate tiles from a distance. Some metal roofs come with granules on top like asphalt shingles, so the roofing looks less like metal. However, if you like the metal look, you might want roofing made with a top layer that weathers fast and develops a patina.

2. Metal Roofing Installation Is Similar To Installing Other Roofing

A metal roof can be put over a single layer of shingles if you don't want to have your old roof torn off. This is possible if the deck is still in good shape. If the old shingles have to come off, then the new roof starts with the deck. If the deck is rotted, parts of it may need to be replaced before the roofing is installed. Once the deck is ready, underlayment is put down that allows air to circulate around the deck and that helps protect your home against rain. Finally, it's time to put on the metal roof. The metal sheets lap over each other and are secured to the deck with screws. A metal roof needs flashing and a drip edge like any other type of roofing.

3. Misconceptions Abound About Metal Roofing

If you have any concerns about metal roofing and safety or noise, talk to your roofing contractor so your mind can be put at ease. Metal doesn't attract lightning, and it isn't noisy when it rains. Metal stands up to hail much better than an asphalt roof, but big hail can still damage metal. While metal resists fire, rain and wind, it's still possible to damage it. Metal roofs are attractive, and they don't necessarily rust. The metal is treated so that it doesn't rust, and as long as you keep up with regular maintenance, rust shouldn't become a problem.

To learn more about metal roofing, contact a roofing company in your area today.