Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to roofing, especially metal roofing, we get a lot of questions. We hope you will find this page will be informative.
WHY CHOOSE A METAL ROOF?
1. An Investment Above the Rest
The initial cost of installing a Stone Coated Steel Roof may be more than with other roofing materials. However, the money a homeowner can save is significant, because a Green Horizons roof will be the last roof you ever buy and adds to your home’s beauty and to its resale value with a transferable 50 year warranty. Finally, insurance companies in many areas will lower your homeowner’s insurance premiums by as much as 35% due to the proven protection of a Stone Coated Steel Roof.
2. “Good for a Lifetime” vs. “Sooner or Later”
The average life of a non-steel roof is approximately 17 years. For example, asphalt, or “composition” shingles can require re-roofing every 10 to 20 years or sooner. Compare that with a Stone Coated Steel Roof that includes a warranty that is good for the lifetime of the owner (transferable).
3. Give Your Home A Beauty Makeover
Whatever the style, color or finish of your current roof, there is most likely a Stone Coated Steel Roof that will match the appearance of your home. Whether you want the look of an asphalt shingle, cedar shake or slate, you can select from a full range of roofing profiles that will enhance the beauty of your home.
4. Strength for the Long Run
Life is hard. Mother Nature is harder, especially on non-steel roofing materials which begin to deteriorate immediately after they are installed from exposure to damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun, expansion and contraction as a result of temperature changes, and the effect of hailstones, heavy snow pack, ice and wind. A Stone Coated Steel Roof, however, can take extreme weather conditions and still look and protect like new for a lifetime.
5. Most Durable
Stone coated steel roofing is designed and built to withstand the harshest of elements for a minimum of 50 years – guaranteed. We don’t spare expenses and we don’t cut corners. Our stone coated steel roofing is made from 3/16 galvalume coated steel – the most durable roofing material available. Combine this with our highly durable baked on petroleum base coat, reflective & decorative stone coatings, and best UV rated acrylic finishes, and you have a material that will never rot, crack, warp or break – at least not in one’s lifetime. This classic look of a stone coated steel metal roof will stand the test of time and will always look beautiful.
6. Light weight
Our stone coated steel metal roofing weighs only 1.5 pounds per square foot making it one of the safest roofs in seismic regions and a great alternative to the heavy clay and concrete tile options which weigh as much as 15 pounds per square foot! The difference between using stone coated steel metal roofing over concrete or clay roofing products results in almost 10 times less weight pushing down on your homes structure.
7. 120 mph Wind Warranty
Our stone coated steel metal roof tiles use both interlocking technology coupled with our solid, tried and tested fastening schedule to deliver the best results in the roofing industry, time after time. Though we guarantee a wind resistance rating of 120 MPH, when tested, our stone coated steel metal roof tiles withstood winds up to 200 MPH. Our interlocking panels and batten-mounting system offers minimal movement and extraordinary resistance to wind uplift. The tiles have been tested and unlike asphalt and concrete, stone-coated metal roofs cannot be stripped off.
8. 2.5″ Hail Stone Warranty
Not all metal roofing tiles are the same. Our 3/16 inch steel roof tiles are made from the highest quality steel available, thanks to our parent supply company, Metals USA. Our steel roofing tiles are also some of the thickest and most durable metal roofing systems available, and guaranteed to stand up to 2.5 inch hail which is a Class 4 Impact Rating!
9. Class “A” Fire Rating
Stone coated steel roofing systems are non-combustible, and offer the best fire protection rating in the industry, and the best protection for your home against outside fires. Our interlocking overlapping tile technology provides no access for windblown embers to penetrate under your roof and ignite wood under-framing.
Is Lightning Attracted to a Metal Roof?
There is absolutely no increase in the likelihood of your home being struck by lightning if you have a metal roof. In fact, if lightning does strike your metal roof, the energy safely dissipates throughout the entire roof surface, and can exit into the ground. Also, because metal roofing is NOT combustible or flammable, it is an even smarter choice for roof coverings in lightning-prone and severe weather areas.
Is a Stone Coated Metal Roof a Noisy Roof?
Absolutely not. A stone coated metal roof is often much quieter than even an asphalt shingle roof. Because of our unique installation method that creates a sound and temperature “buffer zone” of dead air space, along with our beautifully functional stone coated surface, even a torrential rain striking the roof panels is no louder than it would be on a heavy wood shake roof.
Is Denting a Problem?
No. Metal roofing panels can, and do, stand up to hailstones, snow loads and extreme wind conditions without any structural or cosmetic damage. That’s one reason our weatherproof warranties include a 120 m.p.h. Wind Warranty (equal to an F2 tornado!) and 2.5 inch Hailstone Warranty.
Will A Steel Roof Make My Home Hot?
No. A properly vented steel roof moves air both between the shingles and the underlying deck as well as moving air from vents under the decking. Heated air is allowed to dissipate through the ridgeline as cooler is drawn through eave vents. Reduced energy bills can result from airflow both under and over the decking.
Is A Steel Roof Noisy In The Rain?
The combination of dead-air space and the stone coating minimize outside sounds. One rural couple standing directly under a stone coated steel roof observed that they could hear the rain striking a metal building about 50-feet away, but couldn’t hear any noise from the stone coated steel roof directly overhead.
Is A Steel Roof Fire Safe?
Steel roofing is classified as a non-combustible roofing material (Class A). Metal roofing panels when installed over combustible materials like wood shakes or shingles, the resulting roof assembly can be classified as A, B or C depending upon the type of underlay installed between the old roof and new roof. There are many examples of the safe fire performance of stone-coated steel roofs in areas subjected to fire storms. Additionally, the lightweight strength of the steel roofing precludes it from crashing down on occupants exposed to fire within their residence.
What Does Hail Do To Steel Roofs?
Green Horizons Metal Roofing uses Boral Steel panels that have earned a UL Class-4 Impact Resistance rating from Underwriters Laboratories. Except under the most extreme storms, Boral Steel panels show no visible effects from impacting hail stones. Some insurance carriers extend a discount on premiums to homeowners that have a UL Class-4 Boral Steel roof.
Isn't metal roofing only used for commercial buildings
Not just for commercial applications anymore! This home has a metal roof!
The term "metal roofing" still conjures up images of tool sheds with rust-streaked galvanized roofs, rustic barns with weathered tin roofs, and brick and mortar industrial operations with clusters of buildings capped with heavy-duty steel. As a commercial investment, durability, strength, longevity, and low maintenance characteristics made metal roofing very cost-effective, but aesthetics hardly factored into the all-important ROI equation. The dominant "return on investment" factors which made metal roofing the material of choice for so many commercial/industrial buildings can now be applied for residential projects as well thanks to the development of stone-coated steel roofing products, which introduced sophistication and style to the metal roofing sector.
Is water runoff from a metal roof safe to Collect or drink?
Yes, the water run-off from stone coated metal roofs meets the World Health Organization Standards testing. However, rainwater is variable across regions; atmospheric conditions should be considered in actual use. Water collected during the first or second rainfall after extended dry periods can be contaminated by dirt accumulation.
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Wood Shake Roof Replacement
Location: Home on Lake Charlevoix, MI
The look of real cedar shakes may be beautiful, but it can be costly to replace in Northern Michigan where Mother Nature can take her toll. We replaced the dry, cracked, and aged wood shakes with a new stone-coated metal roofing system. We were able to keep the shake-style look but add durability and longevity to the roof.
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