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Most Common Product Questions

Do you have questions regarding ASC Building Products metal roofs and metal wall panels?  Below is a list of the most common questions and information which will help you learn more about our products.

  1. What is the cost of a steel roof?

    The cost of a metal roof will vary depending on the roofing panel width, thickness/gauge and the shape and pitch of your roof. An experienced metal roofing contractor can easily determine the right profile and gauge that will be best for your building. They will also be able to provide material and labor estimates. Check with a nearby roofing distributor or lumber yard for a qualified contractor in your area.

  2. How long will steel roofs last?

    When installed and maintained properly, metal roofing can last as long as fifty years or more and still maintain its beauty, while other traditional shingle and shake roofs need replacing after an average of 10-15 years.

  3. Do hot and cold temperatures affect a steel roof?

    Yes. Expansion and contraction should be taken into consideration when roofing with steel. A rule of thumb for ASCBP steel roofing is any panel exceeding 40 feet in length should have a system that allows for expansion and contraction (ie. clip). Skyline Roofing® and the Sterling Roof System® have clips available for long length applications. Contact an ASC BP representative for more information if your roof requires long length panels.

  4. Will a steel roof rust?

    No. ASCBP steel roofs are coated with Zincalume®, a combination of 45% Zinc and 55% Aluminum that carries a 25 year anticorrosion warranty. This metallic coating is bonded to the steel at the factory and coated with our exclusive DuraTech®xl Paint system providing a lifetime of long-lasting color. The exception to this rule is our IronOx panel. This panel lacks a coating and is designed to rust for aesthetic effect.

  5. How much does an ASCBP steel roof weigh?

    Metal Roofing in general is a very strong, yet lightweight material compared to other roofing products. The 26 gauge metal roofing products weigh between 0.90 – 1.00 lbs. per square foot. The 29 gauge products weigh between 0.60 – 0.65 lbs per square foot.

  6. Will a steel roof make your house hot inside during the Summer?

    No. Just the opposite, with ASCBP’s “Cool Colors”, homes and attics will remain cooler longer compared to homes with conventional non-cool composition shingle roofing, reducing energy costs during the hot summers months. Our DuraTech®xl paint system is formulated with special pigments that reflect rays from the sun. An ASC BP metal roof in Cool Winter White can reflect as much as 70% of the sun’s rays, keeping your home cooler during hot summer days. A study by Oakridge National Laboratory showed that a “cool” white metal roof reduced energy bills in the summer by up to 40%.

  7. How is a steel roof good for the environment?

    First steel is made from recycled material. About 25% to 30% of the steel used in an ASC BP metal roof is melted down from recycled steel. Unlike other roofing products, steel roofs can be recycled at the end of their useful life. Finally, steel roofs with Cool Colors can save your home up to 40% in summer cooling costs and steel roofs are highly emissive (they cool off quickly after the sun goes down) which can reduce air temperatures in urban cities. Combined, these benefits mean less dependence on energy resources and less general air pollution in your neighborhood. Steel roofing is considered a “green” product.

  8. Does a steel roof make noise during a rainstorm?

    This is a very common myth about metal roofing. If the roof is installed over a solid substrate, the sound of the rain will be no different than any other roof. ASCBP recommends installing its roofs used in residential applications over an existing continuous rigid substrate such as plywood, wood decking or OSB.

  9. Are ASCBP steel roofs Class ``A`` Fire Rated?

    ASCBP steel roofing is a ferrous, non-combustible product as defined in the building code. Please consult your licensed roofing contractor or your local building department for the current code requirements in your area.

  10. Does an existing roof need to be removed when installing a new steel roof?

    ASCBP steel roofs may be installed over other roofing materials however it is always recommended that the existing roofing material be removed so the roof sheathing and roof penetrations may be inspected for any damage or dry rot.