A Beginner’s Guide to Metal Roof Replacement: Part 3 – Getting to Know Your New Metal Roof

Have you already decided to get a metal roof for your home? If that’s the case, then you need to know all the important things when it comes to this particular roofing material. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions related to metal roofing that can give you an idea about what to expect from it.

How long does a metal roof last?

A metal roof can last for 40-70 years, especially with proper maintenance. However, you have to remember that there are external factors that can increase or decrease its lifespan. This includes the quality of installation, the local climate, and even the type of metal used.

Do you need to get rid of the old roof before installing a metal roof?

In most cases, it’s possible to have your new metal roof installed over the existing one – this makes replacement quick and easy. However, if the existing roof material is bulkier than usual (such as brick or tile), or if the existing roof’s damage has a chance of spreading to the replacement, it’s much better to completely tear it down before installing the metal roof.

Does a metal roof easily dent?

A lot of homeowners are worried about metal roofs getting dents, but it’s not as bad as you might think. Impacts strong enough to cause dents in a metal roof can cause even worse damage to other more brittle materials. Furthermore, minor dents can be hammered back into shape by a roofing professional, unlike unsightly cracks that have to be resealed.

Will my home turn into a lightning magnet?

Metal is a very good conductor of electricity, so it’s not surprising that people would assume metal roofs will attract lightning. Fortunately, lightning is more likely to hit the tallest object around, regardless if it’s made of metal or otherwise. That means that, unless your roof is taller than any other object nearby, you have nothing to worry about.

That wraps up this blog series on metal roofing. We hope you learned something new about this durable but affordable roofing option. Good luck on your roof replacement project!