Construction & Roofing Questions

Answers to Construction & Roofing Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose Metal Masters Construction over another roofing contracting company?

Our philosophy has and always will be to provide outstanding service and treat each customer as we would our own family. We provide all customers consistent, prideful craftsmanship and strong work ethics. As a result, we have worked hard to maintain a solid, professional reputation that we stand by.

How long has Metal Masters Construction been in business?

Metal Masters Roofing was started in 2009. We have had thousands of satisfied customers over the years. Due to our ethics and integrity, we have had no unresolved concerns about our work.

How much does it cost to replace a roof?

There is no simple answer to how much the bottom line will be for your roofing project. A bid from your contractor should be based on square footage, the pitch of roof, accessibility, type of roofing material needed, 1- or 2-story home, removal of old roof (if necessary), roof permit, and labor. Pricing is also depending on the size of the roof and the quality of the workmanship and materials.

Should I have my chimney looked at before I have roof work done?

If the chimney requires any maintenance or repair, the best time to work on it is before a new roof is installed. Coordinate the chimney mason with the roofing contractor and yourself to make sure all chimney flashing and chimney repairs are completed properly before the new roof is installed. Metal Masters Roofing can assist you with the coordination of these projects.

Does Construction use subcontractors?

Yes. We currently have exclusive crews of dedicated roofing experts that are factory trained to ensure only the highest quality and satisfaction.

How do I know when I need a new roof?

When evaluating composition roofing look for gradual loss of granules that may accumulate in the gutters. As the roof ages you may notice that the edges of the shingles start to curl or split. This is caused by the asphalt leaching out of the shingle over many years.

What measures are taken by Metal Masters to protect my home and landscaping during the roof removal or repair?

We are very conscientious and have many techniques to protect your property. We strive to keep most the roof debris from falling to the ground, by using plywood, tarps and good judgment to protect your siding, landscape, gutters and outdoor lighting

Do you use staples or nails?

Though some companies use staples to install their shingles because it is cheaper, Metal Masters only uses treated roofing nails specifically made for roofing. Nails will secure the shingles to the roof deck better and you will have less chance of your shingles blowing off from high winds

What causes the stains on my old roof?

The stains you see on your old roof are a result of algae growth. Most often algae growth is more prevalent on the north and east facing slopes, due to less sun exposure. Metal Masters shingles are treated to resist algae and to prevent the staining.

What is an ice dam?

An ice dam is an area on the roof that tends to build up with ice. Water can then back up under the shingles. This is a direct result from poor ventilation and constricted drainage areas. Metal Masters can often eliminate ice dams through ventilation and installation of ice shield along the eaves, valleys and other roof projections.

If my roof leaks, will there be long-term damage?

A leaking roof cannot be ignored, as it often causes serious damage to other components of your home, not to mention the possibility of mold. A leaking roof should be looked at immediately. Metal Masters is available to inspect to your home, free of charge, and give you an honest opinion.

What will Metal Masters do to protect my plants and lawn from being damaged?

Metal Masters takes pride in protecting your plants and shrubs. We realize how important your home is to you. We protect your yard with tarps and plywood to deflect debris,good judgment and even run a specialized magnet roller throughout your yard as part of the clean-up process to assure no hidden rusty nails.

How does hail damage a roof?

Unfortunately, hail knocks the protective granules off the shingles. This action then exposes the mat beneath. Once the mat is exposed to the natural elements, such as wind and sun, the shingle will rapidly start to degrade. Metal Masters can inspect your roof for any natural disaster that damages your roof. We are available on short notice to assist your families roofing needs.

Do I have to be home during the roofing work?

It is not necessary to be home during the roofing work. All roofing work is done on the exterior of your home. However, we encourage you to observe all aspects of our craftsmanship during the process of improving your home.

Isn't metal roofing expensive?

Over the life of your home, metal roofing is probably the most economical roofing material because it can be the last roof you need to install. Traditional asphalt roofing materials have a very limited life expectancy before one is faced with the expense of another re-roof project.

Which metal is better, steel or aluminum?

Both aluminum and steel have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. So do other, less commonly used metals, such as copper or stainless steel. We offer and install all of these and work to educate you on which product will be the best solution for you.

Isn't a metal roof noisy?

This is a fairly common misconception about metal roofing. It is true that on an old barn roof where the metal is visible from the interior of the structure, the roof will be noisy during a rain storm. On a residence, however, metal roofing is often installed over a solid substrate. Further, attic space and insulation serve as additional sound barriers. Research has proven that metal isn’t any noisier than traditional roofing products.

What will it look like?

Metal roofing products are available in a wide variety of styles and colors. The traditional look of metal roofing is that of a long panel running from eave to ridge. This is called “standing seam.” Numerous other cost effective styles are available though, including those that look like shingles, slate or shake.

Do I need to remove my existing roofing material?

Traditional asphalt roofs typically involve removal of your existing shingle. There are two primary reasons for this, weight considerations, and secondly, an asphalt shingle normally relies on an adhesive strip on the backside of the shingle to hold it down in high winds. Therefore, installing over existing old, curled, cupped, or split shingles may result in a weakened system. One of the benefits of metal roofing is that it is lightweight. Also, it relies on a metal interlock for wind resistance instead of adhesives. However, the answer to this question ultimately depends upon your local building code requirements and the condition of your current roof’s substructure.

Is a metal roof hot?

Metal can reflect up to 70% of the sun’s energy. This minimizes heat retention and as a result less heat is transferred into the building’s structure. Further, 1985 research by the Florida Solar Energy Center showed that metal experienced a 34% less heat gain than asphalt shingles which can make your home cooler and more comfortable in the summertime.

Does a metal roof attract lightning?

Lightning is attracted to the highest point, not necessarily metal. A metal roof has no greater chance of being hit by lightning than any other type of roof.

Won't metal roofs rust or its paint finish fade?

We work with all types of metal roofing, including copper, steel and aluminum. Copper is a product that you typically want to “corrode”, giving it a beautiful patina over time. Aluminum needs to be protected against it’s natural oxidation tendency so as not to get “white rust.” Steel has to be protected against it’s natural oxidation tendency so as not to get “red rust.” Galvalume coatings and zinc technology protect modern era steel from rust. Knowledgeable and experienced installers are vital. Taking steps to protect against “galvanic action,” for example, is not intuitive to the inexperienced. Having the knowledge that you never cut any metals with a saw, even though it’s quicker and easier, is another justification for hiring an experienced company. In addition, paint coating such as “Kynar 500” offers an extremely high performance finish that is guaranteed against fading and chalking.

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