Whether you are building a new building or redoing an old roof, you end up coming across the question of what type of roofing system would work best for you. It’s important to do your research on different types so to find the best option. If you are reading this post that means you may have chosen or are thinking of choosing a metal roof! There are many pros of a metal roof system, but there can also be a lot of questions that come with it. We took the time out to answer some of the frequently asked questions you may have regarding this.


Can a metal roof be installed over an existing roof?

The answer simply put is yes. If you have an existing asphalt roof, it’s possible to put the metal roof over it with a synthetic underlayment. That being said, it might not be the best option as you will eventually have to deal with the asphalt roof which will include more work later on.  


Does a metal roof attract lightning? How well does it hold up in bad weather? 

Lightning goes for the highest point regardless of material, but if you are worried about it, you can always install lightning rods. When it comes to bad weather, metal roofs are typically more durable. Depending on the type of metal you go for can affect the outcome of bad weather, whether it be the noise or denting/rusting/corrosion. 


How long do metal roofs typically last compared to other roofing styles?

Metal roofing is highly durable causing them to last 2-3 times longer than asphalt roofing, the most common style of roof. This comes out to around 40-60 years. They are also more eco-friendly as they are typically 100% recyclable, so the material can be used for even longer after the roof needs to be replaced. 


Are metal roofs much louder than shingles?

Metal roofs can be louder than a shingle roof depending on how you install it. If installed on an open frame, they can be noticeably louder, but if installed on a solid roof deck, they are around the same noise level as a shingle roof. 


Do metal roofs rust?

Metal roof systems can rust if no protective coating is applied over it, but typically it already comes with the coating when you order it. Also, there are different types of metals that are less likely to rust compared to others, so it really just depends on what you go with.


Hopefully, this FAQ helped you learn a little more about metal roofs! If you are interested in learning more, feel free to give us a call, as we’d be happy to help answer any questions, and make your decision.