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Dallas roofing professionals have seen that metal roofs are increasing in popularity as more homeowners learn about their versatility, durability and longevity. Homeowners who are unfamiliar with metal roofing often have questions about its cost, durability and whether or not it can stand up to inclement weather.

Metal roofs are considered a premium roofing material. Unlike asphalt shingles, which are designed to last for between 12 and 20 years, metal roofs have been designed to last for 50 years or more. Some metal roofing, like copper, can last for more than 100 years. For this reason, metal roofs cost more than roofs made with composite shingles. However, over the life of the roof, homeowners more than recoup their initial investment.

Some homeowners question whether or not they can walk on a metal roof. The answer is yes. Metal's natural durability and resilience can allow homeowners to access their roofs without fear of damaging the structure, though metal roofs offer less traction.

Many homeowners are concerned that, if they install a metal roof, it is going to be noisy when it rains. The truth is that since metal roofing materials are attached directly to the roof's decking, there is no space for the metal to vibrate, and so it makes no more noise than any other roofing material. Homeowners who are concerned about the sound a metal roof might make can also install sound dampening materials on the roof.

The roofing contractors at Total Roofing of Dallas can assist you with any questions regarding residential roofing or emergency repairs.

Some homeowners have been told that metal roofs are damaged easily during a hailstorm. The opposite is true, in fact, of metal roofs have been designed to be hail resistant. These roofing systems provide better protection than asphalt and fiberglass shingles. Their impact resistance is so high that many insurance companies provide discounts to homeowners who install metal roofs.

The same applies to wind resistance. Most styles of metal roofing have been tested to withstand hurricane force winds in excess of 120 miles per hour. Metal roofs have received a Class A fireproof rating, which is the highest rating that is given.

In addition, many are surprised to learn that metal roofs are much lighter than other types of roofs. Usually, they weigh about one third of what asphalt shingles weigh and are about 75 percent lighter than concrete or slate.

Metal roofs have excellent rust protection. Those that are made from galvanized steel, copper and aluminum are naturally rust resistant. Other metals receive a galvalume steel coating that provides protection against rust for decades. Rust and corrosion can be a problem for steel roofs that are located along the coast. This is because the salt in the air can have a negative effect on the roofing material.

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