Metal Roofing: Climates Recommended
LESLIE: Now we’re talking to Iowa with Leonard. What can we do for you?
LEONARD: OK, we moved from Florida to a very different climate in Iowa.
TOM: I bet you did.
LEONARD: Now, we’ve got concerns about what’s going to be better for the weather that we’re in now with the – I’m hearing stories about the metal roofs that we were planning to put on; contracting and expanding and loosening up the screws that it’s put on with.
TOM: Not an issue.
LEONARD: But I was wondering what, in that type of climate – with the cold and hot – what would be the better type of roof to put on. And this is a 100-year-old farmhouse …
LEONARD: … that we’re restoring.
TOM: You know, the metal roofing is so good today. It’s just so much better than the first metal roof that might have been on that house 100 years ago. And not only is it going to last you another 100 years; it’s coated with special paints so it actually is more energy efficient. It’s going to reflect the sun back out as opposed to absorbing the heat like an asphalt shingle roof does.
LEONARD: That’s good because I had a question about if I should put in a vent because in the attic up there, there’s no type of venting for up inside the attic. That’s why they suggested no metal and going with the – keeping the original wood slats so that there could be a little bit of breathing up there.
TOM: Well, you’re always going to want to vent a roof properly, but a professional roofing contractor’s going to know how to do that. There’s a good website about metal roofing. It’s simply MetalRoofing.com. It’s the roof site – it’s the website for the – the roof site. It’s the website …
LESLIE: (chuckling) For the Metal Roofing Alliance.
TOM: … for the Metal Roofing Association. Yeah, Metal Roofing Alliance. And there’s tons and tons of photos and lot of research on it there. So I really think you ought to take a look at that.
LEONARD: OK. Are they still put on with screws or nails with little grommets on them?
TOM: There’s different ways of assembling. It depends on the manufacturer. But you don’t have to worry about the nails or the screws backing out.
LEONARD: OK. And they do have steels (ph) on the outside once they go through, correct?
TOM: Absolutely. Yeah. I mean this – these are great roofs. I can’t say enough about them.