Metal roofing Q&A

Metal roofing in Charlotte, NCQuestions and answers on metal roofing

How long does metal roofing last, compared to non-metal roofs?

Metal roofing, if properly maintained, can last 40 to 60 years, or longer in some cases. By contrast, non-ordinary shingle roofs last, on average, about 20 years.

Does metal roofing cost more than asphalt roofing?

Yes. But you won’t have to replace it and repair costs should be minimal, so after a few decades you’ll have recovered the cost of installation in full. This makes it a good investment if you’re planning to own your current home for a long time. Even if you aren’t, a metal roof will increase the resale value of your home.

A metal roof can save money in other ways as well. It doesn’t heat up as much as asphalt, which will lower your AC bills in summer, especially in an area like Charlotte and Concord, NC. Also, it doesn’t catch fire. So in some states, a metal roof can cut homeowners’ insurance premiums by up to 35 percent.

How much does it cost?

The exact price of the roof depends on the metal and type of roofing. The least expensive metals for roofing are steel and aluminum. Galvanized steel can withstand wind and hail better, but aluminum is lighter and more rust-resistant. Copper is the most durable, but also (along with zinc) the most expensive. Ask your roofing contractor for a price list.

How much does it weigh?

Less than you might think. It tends to be about 50 to 150 pounds per 100 square feet.

Does it make noise in the rain?

Not if it’s installed properly.

Does it have to look like a metal roof?

Not at all. With the right coating, it can look like asphalt, wood or slate. Sometimes this even strengthens it — stone-coated metal can stand up to an impact from a 2.5-inch hailstone or 120-mph winds. Only a direct hit from a tornado or a Category 4 or 5 hurricane has stronger winds.

What’s the most popular form of metal roofing?

That would be a standing seam roof. The seams are above the level of the panels, which greatly reduces leakage.

Get metal roofing from Charlotte’s best contractors

Advanced Roofing and Exteriors are Charlotte’s best roofing contractors, and they offer a 30 to 50 year warranty on their metal roofs. They have won the Angies List Super Service Award twice. This family-owned company is also an Owens Corning preferred contractor and a member of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte. These licensed general contractors will give you a free estimate, plan their timeline for work to suit your schedule and provide the materials themselves. If you are interested in a metal roof for a building in Charlotte or Concord, NC, call today.