Steel Roofing FAQ
The most common questions about residential steel roofing:
  • Will my roof qualify for an Energy Star tax credit?
    All of our residential roofs that are on a home that is your primary residence will qualify for a 10% up to $500 tax credit. The reason all our steel qualifies is that is meets Energy Star guidelines. Those guidelines state that our steel roofing reflects heat which in turn lowers cooling costs in the summer. Homeowners may see cooling cost reductions by as much as 38%.
  • Will a steel roof be loud when it rains?
    This is probably the most common question asked by future steel roof owners as well as the biggest misconception about steel roofing. Most of us have heard the common phrase “like rain on a tin roof”. Many of us have also been in a steel building or barn during a rain storm and have listened to the pounding rain and believe that it is the way all steel roofing sounds. However, this isn’t the case on residential roofs with solid conventional sheeting when placed directly over solid roof sheeting or shingles. In the buildings where you can hear the rain the roof was installed with purlins. There is no solid surface between you and the steel roofing, causing the sound of the rain to be heard. Because your new steel roof is going to be installed over a solid surface, 90% of the sound you would have heard on a roof installed on purlins will disappear. The sounds of rain on steel roofing is only about 10% noisier than shingles.
  • Will the steel dent during a hail storm?
    While very few surfaces can withstand golf ball size hail, our class 4 impact resistant steel actually holds up so exceptionally well during a hail storm that most insurance companies will give you a discount on your insurance premiums. This is mainly true when installed on a solid surface (unlike purlin systems on barns, etc.) All our steel is a high quality class 4 impact resistant steel.
  • How will a steel roof hold up during heavy wind?
    While steel roofing will not hold your house together during a tornado, when installed by professionals, it is rated to withstand winds up to 130 mph. Time and time again during windstorms, steel roofs have remained unscathed while neighboring shingle roofs were destroyed. A high testimony to this was during Hurricane Ike on the gulf coast in Texas. There were houses with steel roofing that were intact right beside houses with conventional shingles where the entire roof was completely ruined. Once the wind pulled up the shingles, the storm began causing damage to the sheeting underneath. Not only did the steel roofing stay intact but it protected the integrity of their house.
  • Nobody in my neighborhood has a steel roof. Will it upset my neighbors if installed?
    While there is always those who are afraid of change, be a part of a new Energy Star, green trend by installing a 100% recyclable roof. We love installing steel in neighborhoods where you are the first because we enjoy watching your neighbor’s heads turn when they see the finished products. You will quickly become the envy of the neighborhood, almost always leading to more steel roofs in your area. During the summer of 2012 a roof was installed in Kendalville, Indiana. That one job caused 6 neighbors within a 2 block radius to choose to switch to a steel roof within a year. Currently we have installed more than a dozen roofs from these referrals.
  • Will the steel roof rust?
    While there is no product created by man that won’t break down to mother nature, all our steel roofing comes with a 40 year factory warranty that does cover rusting.
  • Will heat and cold affect my roofing or produce condensation inside?
    Steel does expand and contract slightly with heat and cold. This is usually not a concern for residential roofs with lengths under 30 feet. For larger commercial roofs a clip system is used to allow for movement. Regarding the condensation, it will have some condensation. However, the shingles that remain under your steel roofing or the use of our air foil insulation acts as an underlayment to prevent this problem.
  • How will installing a steel roof affect my home value?
    Many realtors are helping educate potential buyers on the benefits of steel roofing, which in most cases helps raise the value of your home. When faced with the experts associated with buying a new home, most buyers are relieved to buy a home with a steel roof. These homeowners are ecstatic because they know that instead of having a potential expense of having to replace a half worn out roof in the next five years, they are buying a home that has a maintenance free roof for years to come.
  • I do not know if my homeowners association will allow it, how do I approach them?
    Every homeowners association has different regulations. The best approach when seeking approval is being educated and being able to explain the benefits. In most cases homeowners association leaders are happy to see members moving to a greener alternative. We would be happy to speak with your association on your behalf and answer any concerns.
  • I am just not sure I will like the look of steel.
    Steel has come a long way in recent years. There has been an expanded variety of styles such as metal shingles, shakes, tile, slate. We offer steel roofing for every taste and budget.