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Metal Roofing FAQs
You have questions about metal roofing, and we have answers. Below are some of the more frequently asked questions about metal roofing we’ve received. Don’t see your question? Contact us directly and ask! The roofing professionals at Houser Roofing are always willing to help!
How do I find a metal roofing contractor near me?
Start with locating local roofing professionals near you online. Then, research their services, reputation, experience, portfolios. Finally, choose two or three metal roofing contractors and give them a call to ask for quotes. In fact, we wrote about how to find a quality roofer to help you even more.
If you want to skip all the research or need a metal roof repair right now, contact Houser Roofing. We’re licensed, certified, and insured to inspect, install, and repair roofing, including metal, shingle, and standing seam.
How much metal roofing do I need?
It depends on the size of your roof. You can get a rough estimate on how large your roof is and the amount of metal roofing you need by following the process below:
- Determine the square footage of your roof (length x width = square footage).
- Calculate how much of your chosen roofing material you will need to purchase.
- Purchase enough roofing material to install on your roof.
If you’re not sure how to take care of this on your own, your local metal roofing contractor will be able to help you.
How much does metal roofing cost?
Metal roofing pricing can depend on various factors. Alone, the material can range from $5.00 to $20.00 per square foot. Furthermore, the two biggest determiners in price are the market and the contractor you work with. Make sure your material cost is built into the project contract and that the project’s total price is competitive in the market. This should protect you from overpriced material.
How long will metal roofing last?
Metal roofing materials like aluminum or steel can last up to 50 years and beyond. Other materials like zinc or copper have lasted more than 100 years on any one building. Granted, you want to follow manufacturing guidelines for maintenance to get the most life out of your metal roof.
How do I clean my metal roof?
The best way to clean a metal roof is with a washcloth, sponge, soft bristle brush, or a non-abrasive pad. Use either plain water or eco-friendly, gentle cleaning solution. Depending on the dirtiness of your roof, you may need to hire a local roof cleaning professional.
Can metal roofing be put over shingles?
It depends on the metal-roof material design and the manufacturer’s suggestions. In most cases, you can install metal roofing over shingles, but you will most likely need to do some extra layering work to successfully complete the project. You may find it better for your roof and budget to simply remove the shingles before installing the metal roof. Your local roofing contractor will be able to help you make this decision.
Can metal roofing be used on a flat roof?
Yes, metal roofing can be installed on flat roofs. In fact, most commercial building options that have a flat roof prefer metal roofing. It’s less expensive than comparable materials and offers a variety of benefits.
Can metal roofing be installed over plywood or OSB?
Yes! In most situations, plywood or OSB is used to help with shear strength. Metal has some shear strength but your permit and engineer will have determined you need OSB/plywood before you started the project. If you simply want plywood or OSB installed below your metal, it can be done.
Can metal roof rust?
Yes, metal can rust. However, with the right protective coating, your metal roofing will last a lifetime without rust issues, as long as the coating is not actively removed.
Can a metal roof be repaired?
Yes, a metal roof can be repaired. Depending on the damage, you will work with your local roofing contractor to determine which metal roof repair method and material will work best for your project.
What metal roofing gauge is used for residential installation?
Your metal roofing gauge will determine how thick the metal sheets or shingles are. For residential roofing, 26 gauge is standard; however, you can choose a thicker or thinner metal for your preference. Here are some common metal roofing gauges: 22, 24, 26, 29.
What goes under metal roofing?
There are a variety of materials available as underlayment for your metal roofing, including felt, synthetic sheet, and self-adhering membrane. Furthermore, you can add plywood or OSB. Finally, you may be installing your metal roofing over shingles, which may require one of the underlayment materials above to successfully and effectively install the metal.
Will a metal roof leak?
If installed correctly, your metal roof should not leak. Your roof may sustain damage, which can lead to leaking. Also, if your metal roof was installed incorrectly, it may lead to leaking. With all that being said, here are five reasons metal roofs may leak: screw malfunction, stack flashing/sealing, missing sealants/flashing, curb flashing, or improper overlaid seams or overlaps.
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