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Metal Roofing FAQs & Resources

If you are new to MASTER Building Components, you will soon learn that we like to make friends, not customers. That’s why we’ve put together the answers to the metal roof questions we hear most often and resources to help you care for your new metal roof up front. Of course, we are always here for you if you have questions now or in years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Do metal roofs leak?

A properly installed roofing system should never leak! Remember to choose an installer that is well trained and has experience installing metal roofing. ANY roofing material (shingles, slate, wood, or metal) improperly installed could lead to leaks or roof failure.

Will hail damage a metal roof?

While in extreme cases, there could be some slight denting that occurs, metal roofing is still the recommended material choice in areas that receive hail often. Did you know that hail can cause damage to conventional roofing materials? Hail can cause shingles to break, split apart or tear-off completely whereas they will not penetrate a metal roof.

What is the cost of metal roofing vs. conventional shingle roofing?

While metal roofs are more of an investment upfront, they outlast traditional shingle roofing by far. On average, you can expect to pay 16% more per square foot than a 20-year asphalt shingle roof. However, compared to more decorative shingle options, a metal roof system is very comparable.

Will the noise of rain on a metal roof be unbearable?

With proper installation, combine with interior insulation and drywall, a metal roof in the rain does not increase noise significantly over a traditional shingle roof.

What tools are necessary to install metal roofing?

If you are a DIYer, you may need to invest in some tools beyond what you have on-hand at home. You may require a screw gun, cordless drill, metal cutting snips, and tape measure. Give us a call at 937-246-1414 if you have additional questions.

When my metal roof arrives, how should I handle and store panels prior to installation?

It is very important to handle your new metal roof panels with care so that the painted finish is not damaged before installation. While tough with impact resistance, dragging panels across the surface of one another could scratch and damage the finish. To further protect you and your metal roof, use heavy-duty gloves when handling panels and trim accessories.

Upon receipt, inspect your metal roof panels for moisture. If there is moisture, the panels should be separated and dried. During installation, remember to use extreme caution when walking, sitting, standing or kneeling on metal roofing to avoid falls. Due to oil used in the manufacturing process, metal roofing panels are extremely slippery when wet.

Can insulation be added under metal roofing?

Yes. We recommend foil-backed, single-bubble insulation that can be used under metal roofing. Bubble insulation has an R-value of 3 and it blocks 97% of radiant heat energy. Using a radiant barrier with a properly ventilated home saves you money for years to come.

How is metal roofing attached to my pole barn or other structure?

Since metal roofing is available in a variety of exciting colors and finishes, it is attached to your pole barn or structure using coordinating, color-matched screws and rubber washers to prevent leaking.

Do existing shingles need to be removed prior to installing a metal roof?

In most cases, no, since metal roofing is lighter than shingles. Save money, time, and the work of removing old shingles! Please refer to local building codes before you begin installation.

Why should I choose a metal roof over traditional shingles?

There are three reasons you should choose metal roofing for your next project: (1) energy efficient, (2) lightweight, and (3) long lasting! Unlike traditional shingle roofs, metal roofing systems come in a variety of colored coating, resist the growth of mold, mildew, and fungus, are strong in inclement weather and high winds, and require little maintenance!


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