Top Common Roofing Questions Answered

Laurence Rissler

Laurence Rissler

Laurence Rissler has spent his entire career in the building, roofing and contracting industry. He is owner of Rissler All-Weather Roofing & Repairs. When not high on a roof, he enjoys serving God, being a husband, and is the father of 5 children.

METAL ROOFING FIRE RESISTANT?

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When it comes to fire ratings and metal roofing, the higher melting point of copper and steel leads to a naturally higher fire rating. With aluminum, special fire-resistant underlayment must be used for a Class A or Class B rating. But even with a standard underlayment, it’s still a non-combustible roof surface. The lower melting point of aluminum with a standard underlayment can protect against any exterior threats. However, it will still allow an interior fire to burn through and vent. The low weight of metal roofing is an added benefit when it comes to fire resistance. Most roofing materials are much heavier than metal. These materials can pose a significant cave-in threat in the event of an interior fire. In worst cases, when the roof collapses, firefighters can only contain the fire from the outside rather than go inside and extinguish it. A low-weight roof can help prevent collapses. The weight of aluminum roofing is a half-pound per square foot, compared to one pound for steel, three pounds for asphalt shingles, and twenty pounds for tile. There are several key steps you can take for fire safety. Some are dictated by building code, and others are personal preferences. I frequently talk to architects and property owners in their quest for fire safety. I’m here to help, so please feel free to contact me at any time.

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DIFFERENT TYPES OF METAL ROOFS?

For the purposes of this question, we are going to break down the types of metal roofing based on the roofing materials.

METAL ROOF COLORS?

The good news is that metal roofs come in a whole rainbow of colors! The “bad” news is that this may make

CAN A METAL ROOF BE REPAINTED?

There are times when building owners become interested in repainting their current metal roofs. This may be to freshen up the building

SKYLIGHTS ON METAL ROOFING?

Normal types of protrusions through the roof such as skylights and chimneys do not pose a problem for metal roofs. They need

IS METAL ROOFING ENERGY EFFICIENT?

Thanks to its inherent reflective properties, a metal roof can prevent unwanted solar heat gain, helping keep your home naturally cool and

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