Is metal roofing good for the environment?

Metal roofing is made from approximately 25% recycled materials and is 100% recyclable at the end of its life. Also, due to its light weight, we may be able to install our Metal roofing over the top of your existing roof, eliminating the problem of disposing of used shingles.

Can I reduce my homeowner's insurance with a metal roof?

Because metal roofs are non-combustible, they are given a Class A fire rating, which is the best. This can translate into a reduction on your homeowner’s rate.

How do I know that I need a new roof?

A leaky roof or clogged gutters can lead to water penetrating the inside of your home. Water inside the home can lead to wood rot, mold and water can attract bugs such as termites and other wood destroying organisms.

How can I tell if my roof is at the end of its life?

A visual roof inspection is very simple and can be done without climbing on the roof.

Shingles that are curling on the ends, exposed nails and missing granules are all signs your roof may need to be replaced. Also look for parts of the roof that look as if the are sagging.

You can look at the eves of your home. Rotten wood along the eves may be sign that water is leaking through the roof.

You can also inspect your roof from the inside of the home. Look for brown staining on the ceilings. If the home has an attic, look for dark spots on the wood decking on the attic ceiling. This may be a sign that water has penetrated into the under decking of the roof. If this is occurring, the decking may also need to be replaced.

Aren't metal roofs noisy?

Maybe in the past, but now this is not true. Old metals were installed without any insulation between the roof and the attic. National HomeCraft® installs a radiant barrier and insulation under the metal roof. The noise is no greater than that of a shingle system.

What is the life expectancy of a metal roof?

A quality metal roof that is properly installed should last the lifetime of the owner. In fact, because metal withstands so many elements including high winds and rain, metal roofing is known for its attractive life cycle.

How well do Metal Roofing Systems stand up to the Elements?

Properly installed metal roofing will withstand inclement weather (high winds, hail, snow and rain) better than any other roofing material. Metal easily sheds snow and ice and does not absorb water which can lead to cracking and rotting in the freeze-thaw cycling of the other months. In addition, metal does not burn, rot, warp, split or crack and is impervious to termites and pests.

In testing, Metal Roofing Systems have withstood winds up to 200 MPH and have historically survived hurricanes and wind storms when other materials have failed.

Our Metal Roofing Systems have been approved in the Coastal Zones of the Miami-Dade metropolitan area, which are some of the toughest codes in the United States.

What does Metal Roofing weigh compared to other roofing materials?

Metal Roofing weighs from .7 to 1.3 lbs per square foot, depending on the gauge and configuration. Shingles average 2 to 2.5 lbs per square foot. Clay tile weighs approximately 10 lbs per square foot. Less weight on the roof translates to less stress on the trusses.

Does my old roof have to be removed first?

Because of the light weight of Metal Roofing Systems, we can in most cases install our roof over the existing roof. This brings significant savings in time and labor and it eliminates the growing disposal problem associated with used shingles.

Why should I choose National HomeCraft® to install my roof?

National HomeCraft® and its owner Gerald McKinney, have been in business over 50 years. National HomeCraft® is also licensed and fully insured. This gives you comfort in knowing you can trust us to properly install your new roof.

Will having a metal roof increase the likelihood that my home will be hit by lightning?

No. Lightning usually strikes the highest point, no matter what type of surface. Since a metal roof is non-combustible you may see a decrease in the damage due to a lightning strike.

Will a Metal Roof decrease my heating and cooling costs?

Our customers may see up to a 30% decrease in their heating and cooling costs. This is due to the Radiant Barrier that is installed under our Metal Roofing System. Some of our products also meet the standard for Cool Metal Roofing, which in some cases will allow for a $500.00 tax reduction based on the Internal Revenue Code.

Doesn't Metal Roofing cost more than shingle or other materials?

The initial cost of a Metal Roofing system may be higher than shingles. However, the cost/benefit ratio over the life of the roof is superior to that of a shingle system and far superior to shake, slate or tile.

Do I need to pay for the installation of my Metal Roofing System all at once?

National HomeCraft® offers a significant cash discount. However, we have our own finance company and can finance your project for you if you wish.