How much does a metal roof cost?
The cost of a roof depends on multiple different factors including:
- Shingle Type
- Shingle Quality
- Size of Roof
- Pitch of Roof
- 1 story or 2 story
- Number of roof facets
- Access to the property
- Quality of Installer
What is Cool Metal Roofing?
Cool Metal Roofing is classified as durable, low-weight, fire-resistance, aesthetics and wind resistance metal roofs. The metal roofs with baked on paint or stone coated granules, can achieve emissivity as high as 90%.
What is a ThermoBond Powder Coating?
A ThermoBond Powder Coating is a top of the line PVDF powder coating that provides a weathered or textured look to metal roofing systems.
The ThermoBond coating is applied as an electrostatic powder after the metal panels are formed. The ThermoBond finish is baked on at 450 degrees fahrenheit to achieve a maximum bond with the original baked on finish beneath.
Unlike stone coated steel panels, which use a granulated coating, ThermoBond will not wear out and expose the bare metal it is protecting.
What is Hi-R Paint?
Hi-R coatings were applied to military vehicles during Desert Storm, to avoid infrared detection by the enemy. This is possible by reflecting away over half of the heat, which is generated in the near IR spectrum. By applying special pigments to the Kynar paint, your roof acts in the same way as the vehicles did, by reflecting the heat. This heat reflection amounts in a roof that is about 50 degrees cooler.
How long will it take to replace my roof?
The installation time of a roof depends on multiple factors including:
- Shingle Type
- Size of Roof
- Pitch of Roof
- 1 Story or 2 Story
- Number of Roof Facets – cut up
- Quality of Installer
A highly rated and professional roofing company should be able to remove and replace a composition roof in 1 day. General roof size of 30-35 squares, average pitch 5/12 or less, 1 story.
What are the different types of metal roofs?
- Metal Shake
- Metal Shingle
- Metal Tile
- Sheet Metal – Standing Seam or Vertical Panel
What type of workmanship warranty comes with a roof?
We offer a 3-year workmanship warranty on any of our composition roof installations and a 5-year workmanship warranty on any of our metal roof installations.
This covers any and all leaks that do not come from a manufacturer related defect or weather-related damage.
If it doesn’t leak within those time frames, then the workmanship is good.
There are many companies on the market who offer “lifetime” workmanship warranties, but those are marketing schemes more than true warranties.
Most of those companies don’t tell you that hail damage voids the workmanship warranty and if they go belly-up, your warranty isn’t worth a penny.
Is a metal roof worth the investment?
To decide if a metal roof is worth the investment, look at some of the following benefits:
- Energy Savings
- Insurance Discounts
- Lifetime Warranty
- Resale Value
- Cost of Shingle Roof Replacement
When you factor in all of these benefits of metal roofing vs. the cost of metal roofing, we believe it is worth the investment.
Is a metal roof noisy?
We’ve yet to be told that a metal roof is noisy. Usually rain and acorn-like objects are the only things to make noise on the roof, which are infrequent and are not loud. Some of our metal shake and metal shingle products are installed with a foam insert, which makes them even more quiet.
How long does a roof last?
In Texas, composition roofs rarely live to see the end of their manufacturer’s warranty. While warranties last anywhere between 25 to 50 years, the average life expectancy of a composition roof is about 15 years.
Metal roofs are considered “lifetime roofs” and can last up to 50 years, depending on the type and quality of the roof.
Can a new roof be installed over an existing roof?
Yes and No. The residential building code allows for no more than 2 roofing layers to be installed on a residential home at any given time.
- Shingle roof on top of another shingle roof? Yes and No. If you have a basic “3-tab” shingle roof, you can install any other type of shingle roof on top of that, because the 3 tab gives you a flat base. If you have an architectural shingle, dimensional or premium, the contours create an unbalanced base to install new shingles. (link to composition roof)
- Shingle roof on top of a wood shake roof? No. The wood shakes will cause problems due to the expansion and contraction over time. The shingles will also have a wavy appearance due to the lack of a flat decking surface.
- Metal roof on top of composition shingle? Yes. Any metal roof with an air gap, like a metal shake roof, can be installed on top of any composition shingle. Technically, you can install any type of metal roof on top of composition shingles. However, we do not recommend installing sheet metal roofing or standing seam on top of composition, because any variance in the shingle installation, could affect the look of the flat panels.
- Metal roof on top of a wood shake roof? Yes and No. Metal Shake, Metal Shingle and Metal Tile roofs, which all have air-gaps, can be installed on wood shake. Sheet metal or standing seam roofing systems cannot, due to the need of a flat roofing deck.
What is a cosmetic waiver?
A cosmetic waiver (a.k.a. cosmetic exclusion or cosmetic endorsement) is a document stating the insurance company is not responsible for damages that are cosmetic. Homeowners view this as any small damage, which is understandable, but the insurance company considers anything to be cosmetic that is not deemed functional damage. Functional damage is basically a broken seem or a hole in the roof. Aesthetics play no part in this assessment, so an ugly, hail damaged roof with no functional damage, will not be covered under the policy.
What is a Class 4 Shingle Insurance Discount?
A Class 4 shingle is rated as an impact resistant shingle. Most insurance companies will give you a premium discount for installing a Class 4 shingle on your roof. Impact resistance has to do with the shingle’s impact resistance to hail. Class 4 rated shingles will typically last longer and will do better in a hail storm. Insurance companies like this because it means they are less likely to have to pay for hail-related damages.
Metal roofs qualify for Class 4 shingle discounts, but you typically have to sign a “cosmetic” waiver.
Will filing a claim raise my rates?
According to the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), your insurance company is not allowed to raise your rates when you file a weather-related claim.
The real truth is that rates raise whether you do file or don’t file a claim. If a large storm hits an area, the insurance company is raising rates to cover their losses. They do not look at each person individually, but collectively as a whole group of policyholders.
How do I file a claim for my roof damage?
- Online – most companies offer a quick filing process through the internet.
- Phone Number – most companies have number to call to file a claim.
- Call your agent – your agent can file the claim for you.
Will my insurance company pay for my roof?
Yes and No. If you have extensive hail damage or wind damage to your roof, then your insurance company will pay for a roof replacement. If the damage is only to a few slopes like when a windstorm blows off shingles to one side of the house, then they might just pay for a repair. If your roof is just old due to wear and tear or poor ventilation, they will not pay to replace it.
How do I know if I need a new roof?
The only way to know for sure is to have it professionally inspected. Many times during roof inspections we find hail damage and the insurance company pays for a full replacement of the roof.
My roof isn’t leaking, does that mean it isn’t damaged?
This is a common misconception. Many times damage occurs to a roof and doesn’t immediately cause a leak. Over time, the roof expands and contracts causing the roof damage to get worse and eventually leading to interior damage.
How do I know if my roof has damage?
A trained roofing professional can identify damage by getting on the roof and looking for these signs:
- Hail Damage – (bruising and loss of granulation)
- Loss of granulation (looks like little bald spots)
- Missing Shingles
- Wind damaged shingles (broken seals)
- Damaged shingles (cracked shingles)
- Hole in the roof
For safety reasons, we don’t recommend homeowners inspecting their own roofs, but homeowners can check:
- Interior Leaks (brown spots on the sealing) Check around the chimney, in small closets and rooms you don’t typically go into very often.
- Cracks in drywall (check the ceiling, cracks in walls tend to be foundation issues)
- Damaged Wallpaper (Look for peeling near the ceiling and water streaks on the paper. Typically you’ll see a brown spot on the ceiling too.)
What does hail damage look like?
Hail damage to a metal roof looks like:
- Circular dents to the shingle (metal roof)
- Functional break of the lock or seam (metal roof)
- Bruising beneath granule loss (composition roof)
- Hole in the shingle