FAQ’s

Home / FAQ’s

Why Metal Roofing?

A very good question with an easy answer, Metal Roofs Can Be Installed in the Winter, But Regular Roofs Cannot!

Besides now being affordable, Metal Roofing offers homeowners numerous advantages over a traditional asphalt shingle roof:

Weather Resistance

Metal Roofing is in a class by itself when it comes to protection from severe weather. Garvin Construction installs metal roofing that carries the highest wind, impact (hail), and fire ratings. So it will provide the best protection for your home.

Lifecycle Costs

The working life of a metal roof will last 40-50 years, and even longer as compared to the 16 year average lifecycle of an asphalt shingle roof.

Energy Efficiency

Unlike shingle roofs, metal roofs with Energy Star certified reflective paint systems reflect up to 70% of the sun’s energy, reducing attic temperatures. It will keep your attic cooler in the summer, and protect your home during harsh winters.

Curb Appeal

The paint and coating system used on metal roofs retain their original finish for decades. Other roof types will stain, buckle, fade, and suffer granule loss over time. Garvin Construction installs metal roofs with a paint system that comes with a 40 year limited warranty against fading, chalking, and cracking. Further, a metal roof can increase your home value due to its energy efficiency, long life span, and by making your home more attractive and better protected from severe weather.

Green Product

Asphalt shingles generate an astounding amount of landfill waste each year and are made with oil refined by-products. A metal roof is 100% recyclable, and meets the definitions for both recycled content and recyclability by industry recognized green building definitions. Additionally, metal roofs can be installed directly over an existing asphalt shingle roof. So there is not tear off and need for the landfill deposit.

 

Common Questions

Metal roofing is no more susceptible to lightning than any other roofing material. Lightning most frequently strikes the highest point in any terrain; and if your roof is at the highest point of the surrounding terrain, you can install lightning rods.

No. This is one of the most common misconceptions we run across. With everything underneath a metal roof, such as your insulation, the ply wood and 99% of the time we run the metal panels over your shingles, all these things serve as layers enforcing the fact that you won’t hear the rain.

Actually, a metal roof can save you money on your a/c costs because it has a higher heat reflectivity than other roofing products like asphalt/fiberglass shingles, wood, tile, etc. During the summer it makes homes cooler by efficiently reflecting away sunlight and reducing the amount of heat transmitted into the building. Likewise, it makes buildings warmer in the winter by reflecting inside heat from the underside of the roof back into the building. This good thermal reflectivity translates into energy savings by reducing cooling costs in the summer and heating costs in the winter.

Much to many peoples surprise, metal roofs are significantly lighter than other types of roofs. Typically they weigh less than one-third the weight of asphalt/fiberglass shingles; and are as much as 75% lighter than clay, concrete or slate.

This is uncommon. When we are dealing with 30 foot long metal panels then there is a possibility they will expand and contract. This mainly can occur with large commercial or industrial buildings. But for the sake of your home you have nothing to be concerned about.

Metal roofs will last forty plus years. A warranty for a forty year paint finish is provided by the manufacturer. This will most likely be the last roof you have to place on your home.

No it will not rust or corrode. It is made out of steel and aluminum making it resitant to rust and corrosion.

Yes you can; however, like walking on any roof, you should be careful.

All metal roofing products are very wind resistant. Many styles have been tested to withstand hurricane force winds and can be as high as 120mph.

Metal roofs are very tough and highly resistant to hail damage… much more so than asphalt/fiberglass shingles. In fact, many metal roofing products have the highest impact resistance and hail rating granted by the insurance commissions in the hail belt regions of the U.S. Some insurance companies even provide a reduced rate for metal roofs.