Metal Roofing FAQ

What are the advantages of metal over other types of roofing?

Metal roofing is offered in various styles, and many attractive colors with long-life coatings that do not support the growth of moss, mildew or fungus. Metal panels are lightweight, yet strong enough to withstand severe weather. Finally, metal roofing lasts longer, conserves energy, and requires virtually no maintenance.

Can I install metal panels directly over my old, worn-out shingles?

Yes you can. Since metal weighs only 1/3 as much as shingles, you can often attach metal panels without tearing off your existing shingle roof. This eliminates the cost and problems of disposing of the old shingles. The best way to do this is to attach 1" x 4" or 2" x 4" furring strips at 24" o/c parallel to the eave and ridge. If shingles are smooth (without curling, blisters, etc..), a 30# felt or other acceptable underlayment may be used to install panels directly over the shingle. Check local codes to determine if tearing off shingles is required in your area.

Can I add insulation under the metal panels?

Yes. A popular choice is foil-faced bubble insulation. You can save utility costs by making your roof more energy efficient.

How long will a metal roof last?

This could very well by the last roof you will ever put on your home, or building—with life expectancies that exceed 40 years. See warranty certificate below.

Is metal roofing noisy when it rains?

Modern metal roofing is often installed directly over plywood decking and felt or an existing roof. Therefore, any noise generated by rain will be similar to that created by conventional roofing materials.

Will a metal roof attract lightning?

No. A metal roof will not make a building more susceptible to a lightning strike. Lightning will tend to strike the highest object in a given area, regardless of what that object is made of. Your metal roof can actually be beneficial in the event of a lightning strike due to being a non-combustible material.

Will a metal roof cost more than a conventional roof?

Although the initial cost of metal is higher, the life-cycle costs are substantially lower than conventional materials. The decision to select metal is often based upon the fact that the homeowner either doesn’t want to or can’t afford to replace their conventional roof every 10 to 12 years. Metal, on the other hand, will provide years of low maintenance service life.

Is there a tax credit for installing a metal roof?

YES. There is a substantial tax credit available through December 31, 2011. We carry many styles and colors of metal roofing that meet the energystar requirements. The links below will provide the necessary information.

Post-Frame Building FAQ

What is a "Post-Frame" building?

Post-frame buildings typically feature large, solid-sawn wood posts or laminated columns instead of the 2x4" studs found in many wood-frame buildings. Loads are transferred to the ground through the posts, which are typically embedded deep in the ground or surface-mounted to a concrete or masonry foundation. Many people simply think of a "pole barn" when they try to imagine a post-frame structure. Although the post-frame design was originally perfected by engineers for large agricultural buildings, the design has proven so efficient and versatile that barns now constitute only a fraction of the post-frame industry. However, post-frame remains the obvious choice for horse barns, riding arenas, machinery storage, and most other agricultural buildings. Due to the application of modern structural engineering principles and stress testing methods, post-frame technology is now recognized as a truly significant advancement in the centuries-old art of wood frame construction. Post-frame is now the construction method of choice for any number of different commercial, retail, industrial, residential, religious and public building needs. Many people still think of a "pole barn" when they try to imagine a post-frame structure.

What are the benefits of post-frame buildings?

Post-frame buildings are durable, long-lasting, and highly flexible in their application. They may be designed to meet the highest standards for quality and aesthetic beauty, and are the most efficient and economical choice for most low-rise building applications. Whatever interior or exterior look you prefer, post-frame is an excellent choice.

My local codes require engineer-stamped drawings. Can you provide them?

Yes. We regularly provide our customers with engineered building packages. Please notify our salesperson if these are required, as additional costs may apply.

What is the lead-time for a post-frame building?

Most post-frame building packages can be assembled for delivery within two weeks. However, approved building contractors typically have a four to six weeks lead-time to start construction.

Do you offer building packages for the do-it-yourselfer or other contractors?

Yes. Absolutely. We will also provide drawings and provide phone support as needed.

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