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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a metal roofing company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified metal roofing contractor. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated metal roofing company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you’ll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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Mariano Renteria is owner of Falcon Roofing, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (408) 713-0389 or by email.

Mariano Renteria

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Mariano Renteria: No Place Like Home

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN JOSE — After leaving his family’s trade to pursue a different career, it didn’t take long for Mariano Renteria to realize there’s no place like home. “After high school, I did a little bit of roofing, but I wasn’t sure it was for me,” he remembers. “There were a lot of roofers in my family, so it made sense to follow in their footsteps. However, I wanted to try something different, so I became a truck driver. I liked it at first, but after a while I grew tired of being on the road for weeks at a time. The idea of doing roofing became more appealing—after all, I could sleep in my own bed every night. I decided to give it another try, and this time I realized that I liked it.”

In 1995, about a decade after restarting his roofing career, Mariano founded Falcon Roofing. Today, he says his favorite part of his job is the interpersonal aspect. “I enjoy meeting different people and helping them with their roofing needs.”

A resident of San Jose (where he lives with his wife, Beatrice), Mariano likes to spend his free time relaxing and visiting with family. “I have two grown kids: my son, Christopher, who works with me at the business, and my daughter, Melissa. They’re both grown up now, but family remains a very important part of my life. I like ocean fishing, too. Also, we organize a yearly trip for all of our workers, so I always enjoy that.”

In regard to a professional philosophy, Mariano espouses the importance of a good reputation. “Over time, I’ve learned the best kind of advertising is word of mouth,” he explains. “In order to have that, you need to have a good reputation that’s based on treating customers honestly and fairly. So, that’s what we do—we take care of our customers and make sure they’re happy with the results of our work. Sometimes we end up losing money in order to please a client, but I know it’s always worth it because it helps maintain our reputation and they might refer us to someone else.”

When asked about the prospect of future retirement, Mariano says he’s in no hurry. “At this point, I don’t know about retirement. Some people have hobbies or want to travel, but honestly, I enjoy working. I’ll probably continue to stay involved in the business as I get older, at least part-time just to stay busy.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: A night owl.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Taqueria Tlaquepaque in San Jose.

Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Music.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Costa Rica.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Apple pie.

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Attic Ventilation: A Crucial Aspect of Roof Replacement


SAN JOSE — A crucial aspect of any roof replacement project is ensuring proper attic ventilation. In fact, all roofing warranties stipulate that the attic must be vented properly, which means if yours isn’t, you could lose out on a… Read more




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Know What You Want
Questions to Consider Before Hiring a Metal Roofing Contractor in Santa Clara County

Before choosing a metal roofing contractor in Santa Clara County, including one from the larger cities of San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Mountain View and Milpitas, carefully consider several factors. Write down everything that you are looking for in a metal roofing contractor before you begin your research.

Carefully consider the answers to the following questions before you make your final choice on the best a metal roofing contractor in Santa Clara County for you.

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified metal roofing company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  • What is the projected time frame for installation of my new metal roof by a local metal roofing contractor?
  • What is my budget?
  • What structure am I having a metal roof installed on?
  • What personal and professional characteristics would I like my Santa Clara County roofing contractor to have? (These may include honesty, cleanliness, good communication skills, reliability, etc.)
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What To Ask In Person
Interview Questions for Talking in Person with Santa Clara Metal Roofing Installers

Once you have called several different metal roofing contractors in Santa Clara County, it is time to interview your top selections in person. Below are several different questions to consider asking.

  • Does your Santa Clara County metal roofing company have a list of former customers that I may contact as references?
  • Will you provide a written contract that includes payment instructions and total price?
  • Are you a current member of any local and national roofing associations?
  • What is your time frame for starting and completing the metal roofing project?
  • How do you operate: do you have employees or do you hire subcontractors?
  • How does your metal roofing company calculate pricing for metal roof installations?
  • What is your track record with customer complaints?
  • Is payment for the metal roof installation expected upon completion?
  • What will be the maintenance requirements for my new metal roof?
  • Who will haul away any old roofing materials or project waste? Is there any extra charge for this service?
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  • What To Ask References
    Interviewing Previous Customers of Local Metal Roofing Contractors

    It’s best to select a Diamond Certified metal roofing contractor because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from a metal roofing company in Santa Clara County, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can’t locate a Diamond Certified metal roofing company within reach in Santa Clara County, you’ll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it’s wise to call some references provided by your metal roofing company.

    Remember, though, that references provided to you by the metal roofing contractor are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

    If you do phone references on your own, specifically request a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    • If you live in one of the smaller cities such as Permanente, Redwood Estates, Saratoga, Monte Vista, Holy City, and Los Altos, did the metal roofing services charge extra to travel to your home?
    • Did the contractor show up on time?
    • If you need a metal roofing company in the future, will you consider hiring this one again?
    • Were you satisfied with the services from (Santa Clara metal roofing contractor name)?
    • Did the contractor keep you up to date with the status of the metal roof installation? Or did you have to call to get information?
    • Did the contractor start and finish the work on time?
    • Would you recommend this metal roofing contractor to your family and friends?
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  • Review Your Options
    Making Your Final Decision for a Good Metal Roofing Contractor in Santa Clara County

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Before deciding on the best metal roofing company in Santa Clara County for you, it’s important to consider the following questions.

    • Are the metal roofing companies sensitive to your budget?
    • Does my metal roofing company of choice have a good reputation and excellent references which I have checked?
    • Can a metal roofing company in Santa Clara County meet your needs when it comes to scheduling, customer service, and experience?
    • Does the contractor seem professional and knowledgeable about the brands and types of metal roofing systems they install?
    • Does the metal roofing contractor offer a warranty and satisfaction guarantee to back up their work?
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  • How To Work With
    Request Written Contracts from Metal Roofing Companies in Santa Clara County

    Once the contract is drawn up, it should be signed by both parties: you, the project owner, and the metal roofing company. The contract should protect the interests of both you and the roofing contractor.

    It should include the following:

    • Company’s name, physical address, mailing address and phone.
    • Warranties should be written and the length of time as well as limitations should be covered. Warranties should cover materials and workmanship, and names and addresses of the warrantor. This may include the contractor, manufacturer, and distributor.
    • Who is overseeing project/performing work
    • Project timeline
    • How changes to metal roofing project and/or disputes are handled
    • A clear, concise, and complete description of the metal roofing project, including start and completion dates.
    • Demo, removal and prep cost and procedures
    • Material cost and type of materials used
    • Payment structure and schedule
    • Detailed description of entire metal roofing project
    • Any oral promises made.

    Protecting Yourself When Hiring Metal Roofing Contractors in Santa Clara County
    Taking precautions will help protect you and your metal roof investment. It will also increase your chances of success. Consider the following guidelines:

    • Do not sign a contract or any document until you have thoroughly read through it and filled in any blank spaces.
    • Do not make final payment until the work completed meets agreed upon specifications and building code requirements.
    • Do not sign a contract that uses vague terms. Make sure that all terms are specific regarding project requirements and the work that will be performed.
    • Agree to make payments as the project progresses, contingent upon completion of a determined amount of work. This way, if work on the project is delayed, payment will be delayed as well.
    • Don’t agree to finance your project through your contractor. Shop around for better loan terms.

    Figure out a Payment Schedule
    Once you have negotiated a final price for the roofing project, you should agree to payment terms. You should either pay a portion of the job at certain stages such as after removal of old roofing, once products are delivered, or at the completion of the job, or you should wait until the entire project is completed before making payment.

    Let the Metal Roof Work Begin
    If you have faithfully followed all of the above steps, you can feel confident that you have hired the best metal roofing company for the job. You have done your research, made comparisons, negotiated for a fair price, and signed a written contract. Now all that is left is for you to sit back and envision how great your home will look once your new roof is professionally installed.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    Ways To Be a Trustworthy Metal Roofing Customer in Santa Clara County

    It’s the metal roofing contractor’s responsibility to install quality metal roofs using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your metal roofing company, too.

    Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Santa Clara County metal roofing contractor.

    • Before you hire a metal roofing company in Santa Clara County, restate your expectations and goals, and your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local contractors occur because of a breakdown in communication, so reviewing the specifications can allay these problems.
    • Ask your local metal roofing contractor if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re installing your metal roof. The work will move along more smoothly if your metal roofing contractor can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the metal roofing installation on schedule.
    • Pay for the metal roof installation promptly.
    • Be clear and upfront with the metal roofing company in Santa Clara County, including the larger cities of San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Mountain View, and Milpitas. Let them know what you want from your metal roofing company, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Metal roofing contractors in Santa Clara County appreciate straightforward and honest customers who are easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Use the Invoice to Verify the Work from the Metal Roofing Contractor

When your new metal roofing is installed, most professional metal roofing contractors in the Santa Clara area will give you a written invoice that details the completed work.

This invoice usually includes:

  • The metal roofing company’s name, physical address, and license number
  • A list of all services performed
  • The total cost of the metal roof installation, including the amount due for labor, if any
  • Any applicable guarantees or warranties provided by the real estate roof inspection company
  • It’s smart to compare the completed work against the invoice. Make sure that the metal roof installation was completed to your satisfaction. If you have questions about the work that was done, this is the time to ask.
  • Make sure the following is completed before paying your bill in full:
  • All of the work is finished.
  • There has been a final inspection.
  • The materials and worker’s lien releases have both been received.
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Written Warranties
Written Warranties from Local Metal Roofing Installers

Before the metal roofing contractor leaves, confirm any warranties offered by the metal roofing contractor and/or manufacturers in Santa Clara County.

A valid written warranty must detail the following:

  • The metal roofing contractor’s name and physical address
  • Your responsibility in the case of a problem with the metal roofing project and what you need to do in order to redeem the warranty.
  • If the metal roofing warranty is transferable to the new owner in the event that you sell the building in which the contractor has added or replaced metal roofing.
  • The length of time as well as limitations should be covered. Warranties should cover materials and workmanship, and names and addresses of the warrantor. This may include the contractor, manufacturer, and distributor.
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Top 10 Requests
Common Metal Roofing Services in Santa Clara County

The following list includes the most popular metal roofing services provided by Santa Clara metal roofing contractors.

Metal Roofing Installation
This is the process of installing a metal roof. A metal roof is a roofing system that is comprised of metal tiles.

Metal Roof Panel Replacement
This is the replacement of a metal roof panel. Metal roof panels are sheets of interlocking metal that have a minimum weather exposure of three square feet per sheet.

Residential Metal Roof
This is a metal roof used for a home in a residential area.

Sheet Metal Roofing
This is the process of roofing a building with thin metal that has been rolled into a sheet. Sheet metal has a thickness between foil and plate.

Corrugated Metal Roofing
One of the more popular metal roofing options, corrugated metal is sheet metal which has been rolled or drawn into parallel ridges and furrows for the purpose of additional mechanical strength. Corrugated metal is used for a variety of purposes including roofing, siding, decking, and more. Corrugated metal can be formed into many different shapes and sizes and used for both commercial and residential purposes.

Copper Roof Installation
This is a flexible metal roof covering composed of copper sheets and joined by seams. The copper sheets develop a green coating on their surface called a patina as they oxidize.

Metal Roof Flashing Installation
This is the installation of sheet metal at any break in a shingled roofline or around fluepipes and sewer vents. It aids in the prevention of leaks by preventing water from entering in holes in the waterproof membrane and between shingles. It is also installed along the eaves and rake-slanted portion of the roof. It helps repel water away from walls.

Standing Seam Metal Roofs
This type of roof is created through continuous panel length technology. It is specially designed for low slopes and has a high level of performance for both structural integrity and weathertightness.

Metal Roof Coating Application
This is the application of a coating on metal roofs that aids in restoring a metal roof and fixing metal roof leaks. Metal roof coating also prevents rust by forming a seamless protective membrane over the metal.

Metal Roof Repair
This is a reference to finding the source of a leak or problem stemming from a metal roof and repairing it before it causes damage to the interior structure. Metal roof repair includes inspecting and repairing the j-rail, the flashing around pipes, vents, and skylights, all existing rumble buttons, the seams and roof sealant, and any rusted or worn-looking areas.

Popular Brands of Metal Roofing Systems
The following is a list of popular metal roofing companies that have had great success and have a good reputation.

  • GAF Roofing
  • ELK Roofing
  • Atlas Roofing Corporation
  • CertainTeed Roofing
  • Owens Corning Roofing
  • TAMKO Building Products, Inc.
  • Everlast Metal Roofing
  • IB Roof Systems
  • MetalWorks Roofs
  • Duro-Last Roofing
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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms for Clients of Local Metal Roofing Contractors

Below are key metal roofing terms and definitions that will give you the information you need to successfully plan and execute your metal roofing installation.

architectural roofing
This system of roofing is non-weight load bearing so must be installed over solid decking. This is also called a “non-structural system.”

Also known as: roofing materials, roofing material, metal roofing, gaf roofing, gaf shingles, gaf elk shingles, architectural asphalt roof shingles, asphalt shingles, roofing company, roofing companies, roof repair, roofing repair, flat roof repair, roofing contractors, roof contractors, rubber roofing, copper roofing, copper roof

class A, B, and C fire ratings
This is a rating that determines a roofing system’s resistance to fires that originate from sources outside of the building.

Also known as: class c fire rating, class b fire, class b fire extinguisher, class c fire, class b and c fires, class d fire, class d fire extinguisher, classification of fires, fire extinguisher classification, fire safety, fire extinguisher safety, fire and safety, class abc fire extinguisher

This small metal component is used to secure two pieces of metal together. It is also used to secure metal shingles to solid decking.

closed valley
This is the area underneath the cover where the shingles meet at the miter from adjoining roof planes. Called a valley, this area carries hidden channels of water underneath the roof covering. At times debris becomes trapped in the valleys which results in water overflowing underneath the roofing system.

coil coating
In this coating process, paint is continuously applied to both sides of a moving strip of metal. This entails the entire process by cleaning the metal, pre-treating it with chemicals, adding primer, and, finally, a topcoat.

Also known as: coil, coil coatings, industrial coating, metal coating, powder coating metal, metal coatings, aluminum paint, aluminum coating, coil coating process, powder process, metal coaters

cold roof
This type of roof incorporates “above sheathing ventilation” for the purpose of preventing hot spots on the roof which leads to wintertime ice dams.

Also known as: cold roof design, hot roof vs cold roof, flat roof insulation, flat roof ventilation, cold roof ventilation, roof ventilation, roof insulation, hot roof insulation, cold roof system, flat roof systems, flat roofing, warm roof, warm roof vs cold roof, warm roof construction, preventing ice dams, prevent ice dams

This is a process that occurs when warm, moist air hits a cool surface. This often occurs in poorly designed roofing systems. The keys to avoiding condensation in roof systems are ventilation, vapor barriers, and insulation.

This is a row of metal shingles that run the length of the roof.

The surface installed over the supporting framing members on which the roofing is applied is the decking.

This framed window unit projects through the sloping plane of a roof.

drip edge
This piece of metal is placed on the eave of a roof for the protection of the underlayment and eave of the roof. It also directs water in the proper direction.

This is the very edge of a roof at the bottom of a roof plane.

Also known as: roof eave, roof eaves, eaves roof, eave roof, eave vents, eave vent, eaves definition, under eave lighting, under eaves lighting, soffits and eaves, eaves and soffits, overhang roof, overhanging eaves, eave overhanging, eave ventilation, eaves ventilation, eaves ventilators

These components are used to help waterproof perimeters and protrusions in a roofing system.

Also known as: metal roof flashing, metal roofing, metal roofs, sheet metal flashing, sheet metal, sheet metal flashings, metal fabrication, metal fabricators, stainless steel roof, steel roofing, custom sheet metal, custom metal

This is the edge of a roof. The gable runs from the eave to the ridge.

Also known as: gabled roof, gable roof, roof gable, gable roofs, gable end decorations, gable attic vent, shed gable vents, gable trim, gable end trim

galvanized steel
This is carbon steel that includes a protective alloy which is comprised mainly of zinc on both sides of the steel. Various grades of galvanized steel are available. G90 is recommended for applications on residential structures.

Also known as: galvanized steel tubing, galvanized steel tube, galvanized steel sheet, painting galvanized steel, paint galvanized steel, galvanized steel pipe, steel piping, galvanized steel prices, hot dipped galvanized steel, stainless steel, galvanized stainless steel

heat tape
Used to alleviate ice damming, this is an electric cable that helps melt snow near the eaves of a roof.

Also known as: heat tape for pipes, pipe heat tape, roof heat tape, heat tape for roof, gutter heat tape, gutter heaters, heat trace, heat trace cable, electrical heat tape, heat cable, heating cable

This inclined external angle runs from the ridge to the eaves. It is formed by the intersection of two sloping roof planes.

hip roof
This roof contains sloping planes on all sides.

Also known as: hip roof framing, how to frame a hip roof, hip roof calculator, hip roof vs gable roof, types of roofs, roof type, hip rafter, rafter length, hip roof house plans, hip roof shingles, roof construction, hip roof construction, hip roof trusses

hot roof
This type of roof has a completely sealed attic that is not vented. The interior is commonly sprayed with closed cell urethane foam insulation.

Also known as: attic foam insulation, spray foam attic, insulating an attic, cold roof, cold roof design, cold roof system

ice and water shield
This self-adhering membrane is specifically designed for use in areas with heavy rain and snow. It helps prevent leaks and is installed on the underlayment and the first three feet of the roof.

Also known as: ice and water shield installation, ice dams, how to remove ice dams, roofing underlayment, residential roofers, ice & water shield, roofing ice and water shield, roof ice shield, roof sheathing

ice dam
This is created when snow melts on the upper section of a roof surface and then freezes again at the eaves due to the roof surface being colder. Because the water backs up, leaks are created in the roofing system. This can be controlled by insulating and ventilating the attic.

Also known as: roof heating coils, heat tape ice dams, preventing ice dams, how to prevent ice dams, roof ice melt, melting ice dams, roof ice melting dams, ice dam cables, ice dams heat cables, ice dams in gutters, gutter heaters, gutter heat tape, ice and water shield, ice shield, ice dam removal, how to remove ice dams

open valley
This valley-design transitions water and debris off of a roof slope by carrying the water on the top of the roofing systems.

pipe jacks
This refers to flashings made of metal and/or neoprene. It is used to seal around round vents, plumbing pipes, conduits, and other roof penetrations.

Also known as: pipe jack stands, pipe stands, rigid pipe stand, pipe flashing, flashing pipe jack, pipe jack flashing, roof jack, roof pipe jack, roofing jacks, lifting jacks

This is the slope of a roof plane. It is also referred to as the height of rise over length of run.

This is the very top section of the roof where the two roof slopes come together. It runs the entire length of the roof.

roof framing styles
This is a reference to the different designs and shapes a roof can take. Hip, gable, and barn style roofs are a few examples.

Also known as: timber framing, timber frame, roof trusses, roof truss framing, home styles, a frame style homes, hip roof house plans, hip roof styles, hip roof construction, wood roof framing, wood framing basics, roof construction, roof construction terms, home framing basics, home roof framing basics

This is commonly used on joints or cracks in order to help prevent leaks. It should also be used for aesthetic reasons.

siliconized polyester coating
This solvent-based system increases resin stability and coating flexibility. This type of coating is often used on agricultural metal roofs.

starter strip
This is used to begin the attachment of many metal roofing systems. It is used on the left hand edge of the roof on many standing seam systems. For metal shingle systems, it is used at the bottom of the roof.

Also known as: shingle starter, starter shingles, starter row shingles, how to install siding, shingle installation, how to put up vinyl siding, vinyl siding, best vinyl siding, starter shingles, cutting shingles, how to cut shingles, cutting roof shingles, shingles roofing materials, roof shingles materials, vinyl shingle, how to install vinyl, vinyl roofing shingles

stone coating
This type of metal roofing is made from aluminum or zinc coated steel. It is then coated with the same granules as composition shingles.

Also known as: stone coated metal roofing, garage flooring, garage floor paint, pebble stone, epoxy floor coating, natural stone coating, natural stone

structural roofing
This is a reference to metal roofing that provides structural integrity to a building. This type of roofing does not require decking for installation.

Also known as: per-engineered metal buildings, roofing materials, steel buildings, corrugated steel building, steel roofing, steel roof structures, structural metal roof decking, aluminum roofing panels, structural roof panels, corrugated roofing, corrugated aluminum roofing

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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions for Metal Roofing Installers

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified metal roofing contractor?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a metal roofing company with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only metal roofing companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified metal roofing company.

Q: Is a metal roof more expensive than a typical roof?
A: Metal roofing is a premium home product so it costs more than an asphalt shingle roof. However, a metal roof is comparable in price to cedar shake roofing or tile roofing. Also, it is less expensive than a slate roof. The good news is that a metal roof typically comes with a 30 to 50 year warranty. It adds to the resale value of your home and will help you save money on your energy bills.

Q: How can I know that a metal roof will match my home and roofing style in my neighborhood?
A: Today, metal roofing for residential structures is made to look exactly like roofing materials that are commonly used such as cedar shake, asphalt shingle, slate roofing, or cedar shake. However, it’s more durable and stronger. Metal roofing comes in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and styles, so you should be able to match the style of your home and neighborhood.

Q: Is lightning attracted to metal?
A: Lightning is attracted to the highest point. So a metal roof is not more likely to be hit by lightning than any other type of roof. However, metal roofs do dissipate an electrical charge, so if, by the rare chance your home is hit by lightning, a metal roof may help prevent your home from catching on fire.

Q: Can I walk on a metal roof?
A: Typically metal panel systems can support the load of an average individual walking on them. But you should take care to not cause damage to the roof because of abrasion or collapsing of the raised portion of the panel—as with any system.

Q: How much does metal roofing weigh?
A: Metal roof systems commonly weigh between one to three pounds per square foot. The metal gauge and profile of the panel determines the weight. Compared to other systems, metal roofing systems are considered a lightweight roof covering.

Q: How far can I span with metal roofing?
A: The profile, gauge, and width of the panel itself determines span capability. In order to determine if the panel meets the actual performance requirements for your project, consult individual load tables and test results.

Q: How much longer can I expect a new metal roof to last versus common roofing such as wood  shingle or asphalt?
A: A metal roof usually lasts two to three times longer than a regular roof. In other words, a metal roof can last 40 to 60 years or more. Typically, an asphalt roof lasts between 12 to 20 years, depending on pitch and climate. Asphalt roofs decompose but a metal roof will never decompose. Metal roofs retain their good looks and durability year after year after year.

Q: Is metal roofing noisier in bad weather than cedar shake, slate roofing, tile, or asphalt?
A: This is a common misconception about metal roofing. Metal roofs are often installed over a solid substrate. Furthermore, attic space and insulation provide even of a sound barrier. Research proves that metal is not any noisier than traditional roofing systems. In fact, you’ll hear more outside noise from windows and walls than your metal roof.

Q: How will a metal roof endure extreme weather?
A: A metal roof has the ability to withstand decades of abuse from high winds, hailstorms, heavy snow, wildfires, and other forms of extreme weather. Metal roofing has a wind rating of 120 mph—equal to an F2 tornado. It is also the roofing system of choice in locations of heavy snow because it protects the structural integrity of a roof. It eliminates ice damming at the eves so water won’t back up and create leakage into your home. Furthermore, it also adds protection if burning embers land on your roof. To top it off, metal roofing may even save you money on your homeowners insurance.

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