Q. How does metal roof cost compare to other typical types of roofing?

That depends on whether you’re talking about initial cost or cost over time. Because metal roofing is a premium home product, the initial cost of a new roof can be roughly two to three times what an asphalt shingle roof costs. A metal roof is comparable in price to tile or shake roofing, and normally less than slate. Over time, though, homeowners who plan to remain in their home through at least one more re-roofing cycle (usually 12 – 17 years), will see a significant financial benefit from a Matterhorn® roof that will not have to be replaced during that time or even long after.

Additionally, a new metal roof will likely yield other savings over time, such as saving money on your energy bills and potentially reducing your insurance costs. If you ever move, a Matterhorn® Roof is an investment in your home that provides an immediate and ongoing increase in home value. And if you stay in your home, a long-lasting metal roof will save costly and messy re-roofing jobs with temporary roofing products. Metal roofing’s many advantages make it the economical choice in roofing materials. With its low life cycle cost due to low maintenance, long life, and enduring salvage value, metal roofing offers the highest value and protection for your home over the long haul.
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Q. Will a new metal roof save me money?

A metal roof can save money in several ways:

• Energy efficiency can amount to major savings in energy costs. ENERGY STAR® qualified metal roofing products like Matterhorn’s reflect more of the sun’s rays. This can lower roof surface temperature by up to 100F, decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a building. As a result, Matterhorn can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings, and can reduce peak cooling demand by 10-15 percent.

• Installation costs for a metal roof can be quite reasonable compared to other roofing alternatives. Installation of a clay tile or slate roof can average about double what a metal roof installation would cost, and installation of wood shingles can average 20% more than a metal roof. In some situations, a metal roof can be installed over an existing roof system due to metal’s relatively light weight. And finally, few homeowners realize until after the fact, but metal roofing can actually cost as little as or less than asphalt roofing. Since asphalt roofing needs to be replaced 2 – 4 times as often as metal roofing, you really need to multiply not only the initial cost of asphalt roofing materials, but also the cost of asphalt roof repairs and re-installation man hours, to compare to the typical “once-a-lifetime” metal roofing installation.

• Many homeowners find metal roofing will lower insurance costs. Because metal roofing performs so well, many home insurance companies offer a discount on your insurance premium for using qualified metal roofing products. Especially in areas that experience extreme weather – hail, heavy wind, or wild fire – you may qualify for up to a 35% discount on your homeowner’s insurance if your metal roofing meets Underwriters Laboratories UL 2218 specifications for impact  resistance, or is rated Class A, B, or C for fire resistance. Contact your home insurance company for more information.
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Q. Will a metal roof match my home and the roofing style in my neighborhood?

Modern residential metal roofing is made to look exactly like roofing materials commonly used today – whether that’s asphalt shingle, cedar shake, clay tile or slate roofing. But they are stronger and more durable. You are bound to find a style and color to match any home and neighborhood.
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Q. How much longer will a metal roof last than common roofing options like asphalt or wood shingle?

Metals like steel are famed for their longevity and durability. You will find that a metal roof lasts two or three times as long as other roofing materials, and often longer. Metal roofs can last 40 to 60 years, or more.

The average life of an asphalt roof is 12 to 20 years, depending on roof pitch and climate. Because asphalt is an organic material, it begins deteriorating as soon as it is exposed to weather, whereas a metal roof will never decompose. Other roofing materials, including wood shingle, shake, and tile, are also subject to weather-related problems that lead to breakdown. Wood shingle and shake roofs may rot and need replacement before twenty years. Concrete tile roofs are vulnerable to cracking and warping, especially in the freeze/thaw cycle of cooler climates. If you’re seeking a consistently long-lasting and durable roof, choose metal. You can expect a metal roof to remain attractive and protective for
generations to come.
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Q. Is metal roofing noisier than other types of roofing? Or will it sound loud on the roof when it rains?

You may have heard rain on the metal roofs of commercial buildings or sheds that have open framing and little or no insulation. However, in a home, noise is reduced by attic space, proper attic insulation, roof decking material, and the texture of the metal roofing panels. When the roof is properly installed with solid sheathing, studies show that the level of rain noise inside the home is not noticeably different for metal than for other roofing materials.
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Q. How will a metal roof stand up to extreme weather?

Metal roofs have a built-in ability to withstand decades of extreme weather, including high winds, heavy snow, hailstorms, and wildfires. Metal roofing products like Matterhorn boast a 130-mph wind rating. In locations that see heavy snow, metal roofing is preferred because it sheds snow quickly, protecting the structural integrity of the roof. In parts of the country that are prone to wildfires, metal roofing can protect your home the danger of burning embers landing on your roof. With metal’s durability, a metal roof maintains its integrity and resistance to weather extremes over the long haul.
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Q. What about hail?

Over time, tile roofs become brittle and easily susceptible to hail damage. Concrete Tile also exhibits cracks and breaks during severe hail storms. Asphalt hail ratings vary greatly between manufacturers. Even severe, wind-driven hail is no match for our Class 4 rated Matterhorn™ Metal Roofs. Class 4 Hail Rating tested to FM4470.
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Q. What about fire?

Metals like steel are famously non-combustible, and provide great protection from external fires. Additionally, the relatively light weight of Matterhorn metal roofing minimizes the threat of cave-ins that can occur with an interior house fire.
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Q. Is a metal roof environmentally responsible?

If you are seeking a green roofing solution, a metal roof provides many environmental benefits.

• Metal roofs typically have between 25% and 50% recycled content. This level of recycled content allows metal roofing to be routinely included on listings for “green” and recycled content products.

• Metal roofing is 100% recyclable when it is ultimately removed as part of building renovation or demolition. And its lifecycle is much longer than most roofing materials. Other roofing materials are routinely removed and disposed of by the ton in a landfill.

• A metal roof can often be installed directly onto an existing asphalt roof, further reducing landfill waste.

• Metal roofing does not contain any petroleum based products that typically go into the production of standard asphalt roofing materials.

• According to the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center, twenty billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into U.S. landfills annually.
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Q. What will happen to a metal roof in a lightning storm?

Metal roofing does not creates static electricity nor does it attract lightning, and poses no additional lightning risk to the structures it protects. Lightning occurs from the highest object in an area, regardless of the material from which it is made.
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Q. Is it possible to walk on a metal roof?

Rest assured it is possible to walk on a residential metal roof — with a reasonable amount of caution. With Matterhorn metal roofing, you can walk the roof without damaging it as long as you only step in the lower areas where the panel is in contact with the roof deck. Talk to your sales representatives about any additional safety precautions a homeowner might want to take, such as wearing slip resistant shoes or walking sideways up steeper inclines. Whatever procedure you develop, it should be just as effective in 20 years as it is now. Steel doesn’t lose its strength over time, so your procedure should be the same for many years to come.
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Q. Can you install attic vents on a metal roof?

Yes! Proper ventilation is important to avoid moisture and heat build-up in the attic space or between the layers of the building envelope. Proper ventilation is key to avoiding ice dams in northern climates, and reducing air conditioning costs in warmer climates and seasons. To achieve maximum air flow through the attic, the amount of intake at the eaves needs to balance with the exhaust at the ridge. It’s usually best to address ventilation at the same time as roofing. With Matterhorn Metal Roofing, our matching TruAir Ridge Vent System is available to coordinate with the roof. In addition, most other commercially available roof and ridge vents can be used with Matterhorn Metal Roofing.
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Q. What is the minimum roof pitch on which a Matterhorn Roof may be installed?

No roof should ever be installed at a pitch lower than that recommended by its manufacturer. Matterhorn Roofing can be used down to a 3:12 roof pitches.
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Q. Is underlayment used beneath a Matterhorn Metal Roof?

Yes, underlayment is required by the International Building Code. For metal roofing, it helps protect the back side of the metal from any rough surfaces  below the roofing material. Generally, one layer of synthetic underlayment should be used. In certain areas, code may require ice and watershield products or fire-retardant underlayments. Matterhorn Metal Roofing requires solid decking, and underlayment should be used whether the job is direct over wood decking or in situations where metal roofing is installed over old shingles.
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Q. Can skylights be installed with my Matterhorn Roof?

Yes, skylights and other normal types of protrusions through the roof can be installed with a Matterhorn  Metal Roof. It’s important that they are properly flashed and detailed according to installation instructions, and the skylights must be curbed rather than flush-mounted. For existing skylights, it is often best to install new skylights along with the roof, given the relatively short lifespan of a skylight and the long life expectancy of a metal roof.
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Q. Will the color of metal roofing fade?

Matterhorn roofs are painted with high performance Kynar paint system, the same specialty material used on bridges and skyscrapers. It is specifically engineered for fade resistance to last a lifetime.
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Q. Will a metal roof rust?

Residential metal roofs installed on homes have lasted 80 to 100 years with little more than periodic maintenance. With the advanced polymer coatings like Kynar used over the metal substrate, as well as the modern metallic alloys, today’s premium metal roofs deliver outstanding rust resistance.
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Q. Is a metal roof hot?

In general, metal roofs reflect solar energy, and pigments in the specialized paint coating re-emit heat from the sun’s rays. This minimizes heat retention on the surface of the roof, so less heat is transferred into the building’s structure. Compared to common asphalt singles, metal experiences much less heat gain.
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Q. Is residential metal roofing too heavy for certain types of homes, or for structures like a detached garage or porch?

Because of the unbeatable strength-to-weight ratio of metals like steel, a metal roof is usually about half as light as an asphalt shingle roof, and ¼ the weight of concrete tile, fiber cement shakes, or slate. Weight on a structure is not an issue with metal roofing.
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Q. Will my cell phone reception be affected by a metal roof?

Most people do use cell phones in metal roofed buildings without giving it a second thought. That’s because many restaurants, banks, stores, and public buildings have a metal roof, or a metal deck beneath a flat roof, with no effect whatsoever on cell phone reception. If you already have weak or spotty cellular coverage in your home, a new metal roof probably will not help. One option would be to add a cell phone signal booster to improve your reception. However, if you already have reasonable cell phone reception in your home, there should be no noticeable difference after you install a metal roof.
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Q: How far away should a Matterhorn Roof be from salt water?

According to our warranty, “…[Matterhorn] products are not suggested for use within 1,500 feet of salt water, salt spray, or salt fog and are not warranted within these distances.” Read the full warranty here.
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