Metal roofing is quickly gaining popularity in Fort Worth-Dallas Texas as an alternative to traditional asphalt shingles. A metal roof’s longevity, durability, and cost to maintain are all factors to take into consideration when comparing to other types of roofs.
At S.W.A.T. Roofing, we are often asked about how metal roofs hold up in DFW, the types of metals used, and whether they are a good option for a home. The answer really depends on what you’re looking for, how much you want to spend, and whether this type of roof makes sense for your structure.
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We are always happy to answer your questions and will work quickly to provide you with top-level service – which is why we offer free estimates for metal roofs and other services. Give us a call at 817-756-6666 if located in the Fort Worth area, or 972-200-4455 if located in the Dallas Area. We look forward to hearing from you.
Your Local Metal Roofing Pros
Installing or repairing a metal roof requires skill, knowledge, and experience. S.W.A.T. Roofing & Contracting has installed all types of metal roofs throughout Fort Worth-Dallas, for both residential and commercial structures. We are locally owned and operated in Fort Worth, Texas, and have been serving DFW and the surrounding areas for over 16 years.
Metal Roof Repairs
The type of repairs a metal roof needs will depend on what needs to be repaired.
If your roof is leaking, there are several scenarios that would cause a leak to happen. The most common causes of a metal roof leak are improper installation and strong winds.
Metal roofs are one of the most durable types of roofs on the market; however, if not installed correctly they will leak. One of the most frequent calls we get from metal roof owners is for roof leaks due to improper installation. There are many roofing contractors in DFW, and a lot of them are not licensed or certified to work on metal roofs. They do not understand how to properly install metal roofs and because of this, often skip steps during the installation process. While it may appear that your metal roof has been installed properly, that isn’t always the case.
Choice of underlayment, or lack of, can also play a role in a roof leak. Synthetic roof underlayment act as an added layer of protection between your home and the elements. If the wrong type of underlayment is used (or if no underlayment is used), you are almost guaranteed to experience a roof leak.
The second most common call we receive about metal roof repair is due to a recent wind storm causing damage. Metal roofs are extremely durable and can withstand heavy rains, wind, and small hailstones. That being said, if metal roof panels are not properly secured, or if strong enough winds hit, the wind can get under the roof panel and cause them to bend, loosen, or be removed entirely.
Choosing a company that is licensed and certified to repair metal roofs is the first step to ensuring your roof repairs are done correctly. S.W.A.T. Roofing & Contracting is a leading roofing contractor in DFW, with nearly two decades of experience. We are licensed, certified, and insured to repair all types of roofs, including metal roofs.
Types of Metal Roofs
The most common type of metal roof is steel, there are actually several types of metal roofing you can choose from. Style, budget, location, and the type of residential or commercial structure you have will all be factors in the type of metal roof you decide on.
Aluminum – aluminum roofing is lightweight, resistant to corrosion, and mostly rustproof. More affordable than other options like copper or steel. Aluminum can dent easily and will also make noise when hit with rain, wind gusts, hail, etc.
Steel – steel roofing is expensive but can be very long-lasting, it can easily last 50 years or more! Noise from the weather can be reduced greatly when installed over an asphalt shingle roof, which is why it is more appealing for homeowners who need to replace their existing roof. Steel is the most common type of metal roof and therefore comes in lots of colors and style choices.
Copper – Copper is incredibly long-lasting. It doesn’t rust or corrode over time. However, copper will oxidize and requires maintenance to keep it polished and looking good. It is lightweight and fire-resistant. It’s more expensive than steel. It’s also more difficult to install which is part of the high expense.
Zinc – zinc is resistant to corrosion and will last a long time. It can be a good choice for milder climates, but may not be the best choice for a home in North Texas. It is a softer metal and is more easily damaged by severe weather, particularly hail.
All metal roofs should have some type of roofing insulation or underlayment installed. Any installation requires edging, or metal eave flashing, to cover the outline of the roof, as well as its meeting points.
Advantages of a Metal Roof
Longevity of a metal roof is often the main selling point. While metal roofs will cost more than a traditional shingle roof, they can last for decades. Steel roofs, in particular, can easily last 50 years or more. When properly installed, they can easily withstand wind gusts of 100 miles per hour, or more, as well as heavy rain.
Metal roofs are energy efficient. They reflect the sun away from the roof, keeping the interior cooler and conserving energy. They are also environmentally friendly, as they are completely recyclable and can be an excellent base choice for solar panels or installing a collection rainwater system.
Another great advantage of a metal roof is they won’t corrode. This makes them a great choice for structures near or along the coastline. They also come in many colors and styles so you can easily find something that fits your home or business design.
Disadvantages of a Metal Roof
One of the biggest disadvantages of a metal roof is the expense. Metal roofs can cost nearly 10 times as much as asphalt shingles, depending on the type of metal you use. They are also typically more expensive to repair. The installation process is a bit more complicated, as well. It takes more time to install a metal roof, so installation and labor tend to cost more.
Certain metal roofs can take a beating when it comes to weather, but they are also more likely to dent from hail, fallen branches, and other types of debris. They can also be more expensive to repair because of how they are made. Roofing repairs can often include replacing the entire panel, instead of just a few tiles or metal strips.
Something else to consider is sound. Metal roofs can be loud. Heavy rain, wind and hail make a lot of noise when hitting your roof. You can reduce the sound with insulation or sheathing, but it won’t completely prevent the noise.
Ultimately, metal roofs are a great choice for homes and commercial properties in Dallas-Fort Worth Texas, and the surrounding areas. Their durability and low maintenance will more than pay for itself, in the long run. If you would like to learn more about the types of metal roofs we install, schedule a free estimate online, or call S.W.A.T. Roofing & Contracting today.