Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

In the world of construction, everyone knows that you need a solid foundation. However, a good foundation is worth very little unless it is properly covered. At All Metal Works, we insist on using thicker metal. We begin with a selection of 29 gauge, 26 gauge, or 24 gauge metal, then add a durable coating of Valspar® XL or Kynar 500® paint. This combination works hand in hand to provide you with outstanding strength and unrivaled durability. This makes All Metal Work's roofing and siding the only thing you want to wrap your investment with.

1What are the advantages of having a metal roof?
Metal roofing is a much better overall investment than other roofing options - it is longer-lasting, more durable, and more weather resistant (no warping, peeling, or cracking), it does not burn, and it is impervious to termites and pests. In testing, metal systems have withstood winds up to 200 mph and have historically survived hurricanes and wind storms when other materials have failed. In addition, metal roofing is energy-efficient and recyclable.
2Aren't metal roofs noisy?
The noise generated by a metal roof that is properly installed over a roof deck and insulation is no greater than that of a shingle system. It can also be quieter with a purlin system installed.
3Will the look of a metal roof fit into my neighborhood or community?
There are colors and profiles available that blend in with existing environments. The local building codes and neighborhood by-laws should be addressed when considering metal roofing. Contact an ALL METAL WORKS representative today for more information.
4How well do metal roofing systems stand up to the elements?
Properly installed metal roofing will withstand inclement weather (high winds, hail, snow, and rain) better than any other roofing material. Metal easily sheds snow and ice and does not absorb water which can lead to cracking and rotting in the freeze-thaw cycle in other materials. With proper installation, the probabilities of a lightning strike to a metal-roofed structure are no more or less than with any other kind of structure, as these probabilities have to do with height and size of the structure and its surroundings, rather than its construction materials.
5What does metal roofing weigh compared to other roofing systems?
Steel roofing weighs 1 to 3 lbs per sq.ft., half as much as shingles (shingles average 2 to 5 lbs per sq.ft.) and 1/10 as much as clay (clay can weigh as much as 10 lbs per sq.ft.).
6How is metal roofing ordered?
Metal roofing is custom cut to the inch based on individual measurements and panels can be provided up to 50' in length. Color matching trim and fasteners are available. Contact your nearest ALL METAL WORKS representative.
7How is metal roofing applied?
Metal roofing should be installed with fasteners recommended by your ALL METAL WORKS representative. A basic knowledge of sheet metal work is required for trimming panels, cutting valleys, hips, and penetrations, fitting of trim, and proper application of fasteners.
8What is the cost of metal roofing compared to other roofing materials?
Although the initial cost of metal roof systems may be higher than shingles, the cost/benefit ratio over the life of the roof is far superior. All of our materials carry a 40 year, 100% material warranty. A new metal roof adds to the resale value of the home, saves money on energy bills, and will likely never need to be done again in the lifetime of the owner. Usually shakes, clay, and concrete slate will be more than shingles and vary according to region. A properly installed metal roofing system is virtually maintenance-free over the life of the roof.
9Application
Metal roofing can be installed over the existing roofing material, bringing significant savings in time and labor, in addition to eliminating the problem of disposal.
10Durability
Metal roofing is a much better overall investment - it is longer-lasting, more durable, and more weather resistant (no warping, cracking, or peeling), it does not burn, and it is impervious to termites and pests. In testing, metal roofing systems have withstood winds up to 200 mph and have historically survived hurricanes and wind storms when other materials have failed.
11Weather Resistant
Properly installed metal roofing systems will withstand inclement weather better than any other roofing material. With proper installation, metal roofing is just as lightning resistant as other roofing materials.
12Non-Combustible
Metal roofing systems carry fire ratings that can reduce the homeowner's overall insurance rate due to the fire resistance of metal.
13Life Expectancy
A quality metal roof that is properly installed could easily last the lifetime of the owner. All of our roofing materials carry a 40 year, 100% material warranty.
14Aesthetics
Metal roofing is beautiful as well as durable and is available in many different styles, configurations, and colors to fit diverse architectural requirements and tastes.
15Weight
Steel roofing weighs 1 to 3 lbs per sq.ft., half as much as shingles (shingles average 2 to 5 lbs per sq.ft.) and 1/10 as much as clay (clay can weigh as much as 10 lbs per sq.ft.). This translates to lower transportation costs as well as lower construction costs.
16Environmental Impact
A metal roof typically requires less labor to install than shingle, shake, or tile and is recyclable. It is longer lasting, energy-efficient, and installs over shingles which results in less waste material ending up in landfills. We currently have 23 Energy Star rated colors to choose from which translates to lower cooling costs and less use of fossil fuels.
17Cost Effective Application
Metal roofing reflects and absorbs heat more efficiently than competing materials, translating to lower cooling costs. It also sheds snow and water for extended life.
18Lower Lifetime Cost
Although the initial cost of metal roof systems may be higher than shingles, the cost/benefits ratio over the life of the roof is superior to that of a shingle system and far superior to shake, slate, or tiles.
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