UCOA Metals

Advantages of a Metal Roof

  • Can't rot, crack, split, break, burn or blow off
  • Long life expectancy / Durability
  • Insurance discounts possible
  • Low maintenance
  • Engineered for strength from 100% metal
  • Special coatings process resists dirt and environmental aging
  • Lightweight: less than 1/3 the weight of asphalt - eases stress on your roof structure
  • Environmentally correct - 100% recyclable
  • Energy efficient
  • Many Styles, colors and finishes to choose from
  • It increases your home's value
  • Increase your home's curb appeal
    Why choose Metal Roof vs Asphalt Shingles?
    • Warranties - Metal Roofing comes with 40 year paint warranty while asphalt shingles come with limited, short term warranties that don't always cover necessary repair or replacement.
    • Material - Metal Roofing is constructed from durable, lightweight, long lasting, corrosion resistance Galvalume sheet while asphalt shingles, which can weigh 5 times more than metal panels per square, have been found to contain filler content such as sand that reduces the effectiveness of the shingles.
    • Energy Efficiency - Cool metal Roofing reflects and emits 90% of the sun's solar radiation preventing heat from entering your home while asphalt shingles absorb the heat from the sun and transfer hear directly into your home, requiring your AC unit to work on overdrive.
    • Environmental Impact - Metal Roofing is built to last a lifetime without replacement while asphalt shingles need to be replaced every 10 years or so and generate a significant amount of landfill waste each year.
    What Do Experts Say?
  • "Due to the severity of the roof environment, even a one year old roof may look different from a roof that was just installed.  While you may have first noticed the cracks or blistering from the ladder as you were cleaning the gutters, please be mindful that these normal weathering characteristics may not be visible when you view your roof from your front lawn or driveway." - ASPHALT MANUFACTURER, Certainteed
  • "Failed shingles that we have tested contain approximately 30% asphalt by weight.  New shingles contain less than 25%.  This asphalt is mixed with sand and fine mineral matter and then has granules embedded in it.  There is not separate asphalt mat "coating"; there is only asphalt binder for the filler.  What coating exists on the back of the shingle appears to have bled through the mat from the top side during manufature.  No wonder shingles "weep" water after only a few years. - LABORATORY TESTING FACILITY, Richard Tippet (Applied Roofing Technology)
  • "The pressures placed on large, public companies to maintain profitability brought forward good old American ingenuity, reduce fiberglass mat weight(fibers were expensive) and increase filler content (asphalt was also expensive.)" - Dwain Bouton, President of Certified Roofing Consultant
  • "When it comes to shingles, the drawbacks center on service life.  While asphalt shingles come with warranties ranging from 20 to as long as 45 years, roofers and builders remain skeptical of those warranties.  Since warranties are a marketing device, they are not reliable predictor of lifespan.  In the past decade, there have been complaints of asphalt shingle failure long before warranties expired.  many homeowners have been dissatisfied with warranty payouts that didn't cover all the costs of repair or replacement as well." - Bob Vila, Home Improvement Expert

    Questions Homeowners Ask Most Often About Metal Roofing

    Q. How much protection does a metal roof offer?
    A. FIRE: A metal roof will not burn or support combustion
    WIND: Experience at recent hurricanes has shown that metal roofs outperformed other roofing products.
    WATER: A metal roof has a low rate of water absorption, greatly reducing damage to structure.  And a metal roof cannot be penetrated by hail.

    Q. Is a metal roof noisy when it rains?
    A. Contrary to popular belief, metal roofs are not noisy when it rains.  In fact, according to one study, metal roof's noise levels are about the same as other products like asphalt shingles, wood shingles or clay tiles.

    Q. Does my home's present roof have to be removed before a metal roof is installed?
    A. In most applications over asphalt, our metal roofs can be applied directly over the old roof, saving money and eliminating a great deal of mess.  In addition, because there is no roofing material to dispose of, landfill space is spared, helping to protect our environment.

    Q. Does the roof need to be grounded?
    A. Grounding of any exterior metal siding or roofing is not recognized as necessary by any major building code organization.  Occasionally, certain municipalities or local building codes may require it.  Detailed grounding instructions are available.  Click here for more information about lightning and metal roofs.

    Q. Why should I spend a little more for a metal roof?
    A. Ordinary roofing materials have shorter life spans than metal and will need to be replaced regularly.  With constantly increasing material and labor costs, that could mean a significant expense over the life of your home.  A metal roof virtually never needs to be replaced, saving you money while adding value to your home.

    Q. How can a metal roof save money on energy bills?
    A. Metal reflects the majority of the sun's rays, so it doesn't retain as much heat as wood, asphalt shingles, tile or cement.  This means a metal roof could help your attic stay cooler longer - leading to a significant reduction in your energy bills.

    Q. Can I walk on my metal roof?
    A. Yes, but since a metal roof requires virtually no maintenance, there should be no reason to do so.  Like any roof, care should be exercised.  You can discuss specific details about walking on your roof with your installation company.

    Q. How much do these metal Shingles weigh in comparison to other types of roofing?
    A. These metal Shingles are less than one-third the weight of asphalt, one-twentieth the weight of concrete, and add less than 10% to the weight of the existing roof materials.

    Q. How long will a metal roof last?
    A. Metal roofs have been successfully used for over centuries and lasts forever.

    Q. How good is the paint finish on my metal roof?
    A. Our metal roofs are painted with a two-coat, high-performance Fluoropolymer with exceptional weathering characteristics.  Its durability and color retention characteristics are the result of the high molecular weight of its formulation.  During its application, the molecules in the paint chemically bond to form a durable, long-lasting finish that resists breakdown by ultraviolet rays and provides the most durable, long-lasting finish available today.