A metal roof can offer many advantages over standard asphalt shingles as well as cedar shakes, slate and wood tiles. For one thing, metal roofs are more fire resistant, making them a good choice for homes in areas with a high fire risk. They can also be made from recycled pieces and are easy to recycle when removed, so they're very eco-friendly. If you're thinking of getting a metal roof installed, note a few questions you might have and then discuss these with a roofing contractor so you know you're making the right choice.
1. Should the gutters and downspouts be changed out as well?
Very often it is good to change out gutters and downspouts when you get a new roof simply because damage to a roof or the fact that it needs changing because of age means that gutters and downspouts may also need replacing due to similar damage. Their connectors may have come away from the home or from pieces of the gutters, so they may be leaking. You might also find that old gutters and downspouts don't match the overall color and style of your new metal roof, so getting them replaced can make your home look its best.
2. Will a metal roof produce glare from sunlight?
Certain shades of metal or a bare metal roof may produce glare from sunlight, so you might consider a darker shade that will absorb light rather than reflect it if this is a concern for you. In areas where there aren't a lot of trees to block this glare from the sun or when your home gets direct sunlight on the roof, you might consider if the glare can interfere with your enjoyment of your backyard or even bother the neighbors. Since a metal roof can be powder coated in just about any color imaginable, ask your contractor if they would recommend a matte shade to cut down on this glare if they also think it might be an issue.
3. Do metal roofs interfere with cell phone reception?
Cell phone signals are meant to make their way through a variety of materials, including metal. It's only when your signal is already spotty and weak that you might have a problem with a metal roof causing even more interference. In these cases, you might consider a signal booster in the home, or you may even consider changing your cell phone service to something stronger and more reliable.
Consult with professionals from a company like O'Boyles Roof Plumbing about any other metal roofing questions you may have.