Quarve Contracting
Thursday 22 May 2014

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Metal Roofing

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05may09e5a14Here at Quarve, our main specialities are metal siding and metal roofing.  Metal roofing is quickly becoming the top choice for homes, and with good reasons.   There are numerous frequently asked questions we run into regarding choosing a metal roof.  Some homeowners we've spoken with have wondered if it is the right choice for them to make for their homes.   As a Minneapolis and St. Paul MN area roofing contractor, we want you to be confident you've made the right choice when you have us install a roof on your home, so we are here to answer those common questions for you. Does metal roofing cost more than other types of roofing? Metal roofing is a premium product, so you can expect it to cost more than traditional roofing options such as asphalt. But you can't go by the original installation cost when comparing prices, because it lasts much longer than other options. However, compared to a slate roof, it is around the same price. Metal roofs come with a 30-50 year warranty, plus they can also add resale value to your home later on down the road when you go to sell it. Will I be able to match the metal roof with the style of home that I have? Metal roofing these days is made to replicate many different roofing options. You can make it look like anything that you'd like from asphalt shingles to clay or slate tiles. You can choose the right style, color and design that matches the rest of the neighborhood and your home.  Check out our Pinterest boards to see some of the beautiful metal roofing options available from Kassel & Irons as well as other metal roofing choices. How long does a metal roof last compared to asphalt or wood? A metal roof is able to last anywhere from 2 to 3 times longer than other roofing options. It can last anywhere from 40 to 60 years, sometimes even longer depending on the roof, climate, installation and other factors. Asphalt usually lasts only around 12 to 20 years depending on the climate of the area and the elements that it comes in contact with. Shingles, shake and tile can break down and rot over time, which can lead to having certain areas replaced over and over again, making the costs of having them rise. Metal roofing can maintain its look over the years and stay strong. Is metal roofing loud when the weather is bad? If the metal roof is installed correctly and has solid sheathing then it can actually silence any noise from hail, rain, wind and anything else compared to other roofing materials on the market. How does metal roofing stand up when it comes to extreme weather conditions? Metal roofing is able to withstand a lot of different weather conditions such as high winds, heavy snow storms, wildfires and beyond. No roofing product withstands hail better, which makes it ideal for this area.  The wind rating on a metal roof is around 140 mph. It is able to shed the weight of snow fast compared to other types and can eliminate any ice dams that might occur on the roof. It is also able to protect a home when it comes to fires, since it is noncombustible. Is metal roofing good for the environment? Metal roofing is a wonderful choice for the environment because it lasts a long time and it can be reused once it is removed from the roof. Most metal roofs also contain a large amount of recycled content.  Asphalt shingles are just dumped in landfills which makes more trash than ever. Not only that, but you're usually able to replace the roof you have by just installing the metal roof over the existing roofing materials that are currently there.  That means less debris needs to be removed and disposed of. Can a metal roof be too heavy for certain parts of the home such as a porch or garage? One of the more surprising facts about metal roofing is that it is actually half the weight of other types of roofing materials such as asphalt and 75% lighter than fiber cement and slate. This means that the weight of the metal is never an issue, even for smaller structures. Here at Quarve, we are a MN roofing contractor specializing in metal roofs.  We can provide you with a free estimate on how much it would cost to have a metal roof placed on your home.   And if you'd like to know more about metal roofing, give us a call at 763.785.1472.  We serve the entire Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area, including the West Seventh neighborhood of St. Paul 55102, Mendota Heights 55120, the Powderhorn Park neighborhood of Minneapolis 55407, Eden Prairie 55344, and Bloomington 55425.