Answering some common metal roof questions

We enjoy questions and answers around here, so this month – we’re going to do just that – and answer some of the best (and ok, maybe some of the funniest) metal roof questions we’ve had come up. While we mainly service contractors, we know that at the end of the day that our metal roof clips end up installed on your roof – so whenever we can – we like to be helpful. 

Here are some of the more interesting metal roof-related questions we’ve seen. Let’s jump right in. 

Do metal roofs rust?

The short answer is – yes and no. Aluminum does not rust. Steel can, but only on the edges. For the folks here in Florida, aluminum is always the way to go when choosing a metal roof just because of the ocean. The elements can play a serious role in the deterioration of steel roofs, so you’ll want to make sure you’re staying away from those. But if you can’t afford aluminum roofs, then consider having your steel roof covered with a protective coating with high zinc in it – as it’ll help dramatically reduce any rust and corrosion. 

Do metal roofs mess up my cell phone service? 

Ha! No. No, they do not. There are certain situations where already weak reception might become a little weaker with a metal roof, but in most cases you’re already fighting and uphill battle in that regard. Remember- your cell phone encounters buildings with metal roofs all the time, so don’t expect yours to be much different. That being said, if you’re really worried, then you might want to consider a signal booster just to be safe. 

Do metal roofs fade?

Some do, but that’s usually after years and years of wear. Sadly here in Florida, we’re a little bit more susceptible to that due to the extreme heat and ocean air. That being said, there are a ton of PVDF coatings out there that you can apply to them that will keep your roof looking beautiful for years – well past your time in your home. As long as you use the right kind of coating, you shouldn’t have to worry about fade. 

Are metal roofs loud when it rains?

Here in Florida – where we get random runs of wet weather and storms – we get asked a lot whether metal roofs make rain insanely loud or not and the truth is – that it doesn’t. With the way today’s insulation is built, most rain noise is totally or completely absorbed by the time it reaches the interior of the home. Sure – if the panel itself were just there and it were raining, it’d probably be louder than usual – but that’s few and far between. Simply put – you don’t have anything to worry about. 

Can I install my own metal roof?

No. You can’t. Yes – there are DIY tasks and chores you can perform, but the reality is that metal roofs are a significant investment on your part and why would you invest that much money to not have it done properly? All you’re doing is adding to the cost and adding to the expense. Leave any and all installations to the pros. 
Hopefully this blog shed some light on some lingering questions you may have

had. If you’re in the market for metal roof components or metal roof clips, give our team a call and we’ll be happy to help. Until then, good luck!

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