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  • FAQ

    Find answers to the most commonly asked ABC product and metal roofing industry questions.

  • FAQ

    Why metal roofing?

    •  Metal roofs are available in a wide variety of colors and profiles providing numerous design options
    •  Metal roofs from ABC come in long lasting colors with no nonsense warranties
    •  Metal roofs provide over 30 years of exceptional durability
    •  Metal roofing is noncombustible
    •  Metal Roofing is hail resistant
    •  Metal roofing, if properly installed, will not absorb or be damaged by water
    •  Metal roofing will shed ice and water in the winter
    •  Most steel products are made with recycled steel and contain at least 25 percent recycled material

    Can metal roofing be installed over my old roof?

    Yes! Metal roofing weighs less than 1.6 pounds per square foot, depending on the gauge. It will not normally over load existing roofs. Metal roofing can usually be installed right over asphalt or fiberglass roofing.  The existing roof in some cases also serves as an increased level of insulation

    Will metal roofing improve the look of my home?

    Metal roofing offers a wide variety of panel profiles from which to choose. A vast array of design appearances can be achieved when using metal. If you desire a bold looking roof, ABC provides a large selection of beautiful colors to achieve the desired look.  You can also use high slim rib panels to create interesting shadow lines or a low profile panel can be used to create an interesting design to your home.

    What about noise?

    Usually, metal roofing is installed over plywood and felt or an existing roof. Therefore, the sound generated by rain or hail would be similar to other roofing materials. The myth of a noisy steel roof comes from barns that were built with steel roofing installed on open framing and with no insulation.

    Does metal roofing cost more than conventional roofing?

    Each type of roofing material offers a wide range in levels of quality. Initially, metal roofing may cost slightly more than some other roofing types but the life cycle costs of metal roofing are substantially lower and the length of product life is double and often triple the life span of some traditional materials. The decision to use metal is usually based upon the fact that the homeowner doesn’t want to or can’t afford to replace their conventional roof every 8 to 12 years. ABC metal roofing can provide you with many years of low maintenance service.

    Which metal roofing system should I use?

    There are two common types of metal roofing systems primarily used in residential applications – concealed fastener and exposed fastener systems. ABC offers two concealed faster systems and 12 exposed fastener systems. To review these panels check out our panel selection chart. Generally, exposed fastener systems cost less than concealed fastener systems. Depending on the aesthetic look you are trying to achieve, your trained professional contractor, building materials supplier, or ABC team member can help you select the system right for you and your roof design.

    What type of warranty does a metal roof carry?

    As with any industry, there are many different warranties available to consumers depending on the manufacturer of the product. With that being said, it is important to remember that companies come and go. So as a rule of thumb, you should look to companies, like ABC who have been around for decades to find good examples of credible warranties.  ABC offers a 25 year warranty for Galvalume® and Galvalume Plus® Panels. Painted panels are available with 40 or 20 year warranties, depending upon the product chosen.  The warranties ABC provides are no non-sense, clearly stated warranties that explain in detail the product, the company’s, and the customer’s responsibility.

    Will metal roofing reduce my home insurance cost?

    In some cases, having a metal roof on your home will reduce your insurance cost.  You will need to contact your insurance provider to follow up on any potential cost savings that may be available to you.

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