Crown Metals & Trim, LLC Facts & Questions
At Crown Metals & Trim, LLC, we believe an informed customer is a satisfied customer. We also have answers to many of our frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Aren’t metal roofs noisy?
The noise generated by a metal roof that is properly installed over a flat deck and insulation is no greater than that of a shingle roofing system.
What is the life expectancy of a metal roof?
A quality metal roof that is properly installed should last the lifetime of the owner. In fact, because metal withstands so many elements, metal roofing is known for its attractive life cycle.
How well do metal roofing systems stand up to the elements?
Properly installed metal roofing will withstand inclement weather (high winds, hail, snow and rain), which can lead to cracking in the freeze and thaw cycle in other materials. In testing, metal systems have withstood winds up to 200 mph and have historically survived hurricanes and windstorms when other materials have failed. In addition, metal does not burn, rot, warp, split or crack, and is impervious to termites.
What does metal roofing weigh compared to other roofing materials?
Steel roofing weighs from 0.7 to 2.8 lbs. per square foot depending on the gauge and configuration. Shingles average 2 to 2.5 lbs. per square foot. Clay tile weighs approximately 10 lbs. per square foot.
How is metal roofing ordered?
Metal roofing is custom cut to the inch based on individual project measurements and panels can be provided up to 45’ in length. Color matching trim is available in 10’ lengths.
How is metal roofing applied, and to what substrate? Do I need to be experienced at working with sheet metal?
Metal roofing should be applied over laths or a flat deck and felt paper with woodscrews as recommended by manufacture. A basic knowledge of sheet metal work is required for trimming panels and flashing along with the proper application of fasteners.
What is the cost of metal roofing compared to shingles? Compared to shakes and other materials?
Although the initial cost of metal roof systems may be slightly higher than shingles, the cost/benefit ratio over the life of the roof is superior to shake, slate or tile.
Benefits of Metal Roofing Systems
Metal roofing is beautiful as well as durable and is available in a wide range of configurations and colors to fit diverse architectural requirements and tastes.
Metal roofing will withstand inclement weather, high winds, hail, snow and rain better than any other roofing material.
Metal roofing does not rot, warp, split or crack, and it is impervious to termites and pests. The high-strength steel (80 ksi min. yield) panel configuration and panel size of a typical metal roof adds structural integrity to the roof system that is not provided by other roofing materials.
Most metal roofing systems carry a fire rating that will reduce the homeowner’s insurance rate.
A properly installed metal roofing system is virtually maintenance-free over the life of the roof.
Metal roofing can be installed over the top of existing roofs, bringing significant savings in time and labor and eliminating the growing disposal problem associated with used shingles.
Metal (steel) roofing weighs from 1/10 to half as much as competing materials. This translates to lower transportation and construction costs.
Metal roofing is highly acceptable in today’s environmentally sensitive society. It is clean (particularly important to water collecting roof systems), it is 100-percent recyclable, and it eliminates the growing and expensive problem of disposal.
A metal roof typically requires less labor to install than shingle, shake or tile. Exceptions to this would be complicated roofs requiring extensive sheet metal work.
Lower Lifetime Cost
Metal roofing reflects and absorbs heat more efficiently than competing materials, translating to lower cooling costs. Furthermore, it sheds snow and water for extended life.
Although the initial cost of metal roof systems may be slightly higher than shingles, the costs/benefits ratio over the life of the roof is superior to that of a shingle system and far superior to either shake, slate or tiles.