Excel Metal Roofing

Versailles, Missouri Located at Lake of the Ozarks

Questions & Answers About Metal Roofs

A properly installed metal roof can't rot, crack, split, break, burn, or blow off. It weighs less than 1/3 the weight of asphalt and special coatings resist dirt and environmental aging. Excel Metal Roofing Co. offers these attractive, durable, energy-efficient roofs in a choice of 26 colors. The roofing is created on site. We feature Galvalume, an aluminum-coated steel that is more durable than the galvanized steel used by many other contractors.


Q.   How much protection does a metal roof offer?

A.  FIRE: A metal roof will not burn or support combustion. 
WIND: Experience with recent hurricanes has shown that metal roofs outperformed other roofing products. 
WATER: A metal roof has a low rate of water absorption, greatly reducing damage to structure. And a metal roof cannot be penetrated by hail. 

Q.  Is a metal roof noisy when it rains?

A.  Contrary to popular belief, metal roofs are not noisy when it rains. In fact, according to one study, a metal roof's noise level is about the same as other products like asphalt shingles, wood shingles or clay tiles. 

Q.  Does my home's present roof have to be removed before a metal roof is installed?

A.  In most applications over asphalt, our metal roofs can be applied directly over the old roof, saving money and eliminating a great deal of mess. In addition, because there is no old roof to dispose of, landfill space is spared, helping to protect our environment. 

Q.  Does the roof need to be grounded?

A.  Grounding of any exterior metal siding or roofing is not recognized as necessary by any major building code organization. Occasionally, certain municipalities or local building codes may require it. Detailed grounding instructions are available. Call us for more information about lightning and metal roofs. 

Q. Why should I spend a little more for a metal roof?

A. Ordinary roofing materials have shorter life spans than metal and will need to be replaced regularly. With constantly increasing material and labor costs, that could mean significant expense over the life of your home. A metal roof virtually never needs to be replaced, saving you money while adding value to your home. 

Q. How can a metal roof save money on energy bills?

A. Metal reflects the majority of the sun's rays, so it doesn't retain as much heat as wood, asphalt shingles, tile or cement. This means a metal roof could help your attic stay cooler longer - leading to a significant reduction in your energy bills. 

Q. Can I walk on my metal roof?

A. Yes, but since a metal roof requires virtually no maintenance, there should be no reason to do so. Like any roof, care should be exercised. You can discuss with us specific details about walking on your roof. 

Q. How much do these metal roofs weigh in comparison to other types of roofing?

A. These metal roofs are less than one-third the weight of asphalt, one-twentieth the weight of concrete, and add less than 10% to the weight of the existing roof materials.

Q. How long will a metal roof last?

A. A metal roof won't dry out, split, curl, peel or flake like conventional roofing products. Metal roofing has been successfully used for centuries and it lasts and lasts. 

Q. How good is the paint finish on my metal roof?

A. Our metal roofs are painted with a two-coat, high-performance Fluoropolymer with exceptional weathering characteristics. Its durability and color retention characteristics are the result of the high molecular weight of its formulation. During its application, the molecules in the paint chemically bond to form a durable, long-lasting finish that resists breakdown by ultraviolet rays and provides the most durable, long-lasting finish available today.
More Questions & Answers

What are the benefits of a metal roof? 

Since you may never have to reroof your home again, metal roofs (touting up to 35 years warranty) make long-term economic sense for any consumer. And in addition to longevity they're fireproof, qualifying for discounts with many insurance companies. Metal Roofs have been known to last up to 100 years.

Another money-saving advantage of a metal roofing system is reduced energy bills and better comfort. Metal roofs reject much of the sun's heat, compared to asphalt shingles that absorb it.

Because of their low weight most metal roofs can oftentimes be installed over existing roofing systems, saving you tear-off and disposal expenses. And installing a metal roof is also good for the environment. Each year, billions of pounds of old asphalt shingles end up in landfills. On the other hand, the recycled content of the steel in a metal roof is about 56% from production to installation to reuse -- far superior to asphalt.


Will a metal roof match my home and the roof styles in my neighborhood?

Today's cutting edge metal roofing resembles any other roofing material -- including asphalt shingle, cedar shake, clay tile or slate roofing. From the ground, you won't be able to tell the difference. Others prefer a style, like "standing seam," that definitely looks like a metal roof, for a distinctive, elegant look. 

As always, we're happy to provide you with samples to help you compare. And in many cases we can provide you with addresses to drive by as well. Give us a call -- we're here to help.


How does a metal roof stand up to extreme weather?

A metal roof can withstand decades of abuse from extreme weather like high winds, heavy snow, hailstorms, and even wildfires. For example, metal roofing has a 120-mph wind rating, meaning it can withstand wind gusts equal to an F2 tornado. You'll also be pleased to know that metal roofing sheds snow fast, which protects the structural integrity of the roof. And it can eliminate ice damming at the eves, so water can't back up and collect under the roof and then leak into your home.


Is metal roofing noiser than other roofing systems?

Nope. When installed with solid sheathing (which prevents vibration and deadens sound), a metal roof will silence noise from rain, hail and bad weather as well - if not better - than any other roofing material.


Does a metal roof attract lightning?

Remember this: lightning is attracted to the highest point in the vicinity it hits, which may not necessarily be your roof. That being said, a metal roof has no greater chance of being struck by lightning than any other type of roof. However, if it is hit by lightning, a metal roof can help prevent a fire because it dissipates electrical charges. And more importantly, metal is noncombustible.


How do you determine your pricing? 

A number of factors are considered when estimating the cost of replacing a roof.   But as a general rule the following elements will come into play, regardless of the contractor you choose:

PITCH:  The steepness of your roof.

NUMBER OF STORIES:  The height(s) of your roof from the ground.

ACCESSIBILITY TO THE ROOF:   Can a dumpster or dump truck pull up to your garage, or must material be carried to and from the street?

TEAR-OFFS:  The removal and disposal costs of your existing roofing material. 

COMPLEXITY:  Homes with dormers and valleys  chimneys, skylights, etc., require more flashing and labor to prevent leaks from occurring. 

We invite you to contact us for complimentary samples, as well as addresses to drive by utilizing the style and color of roofing systems that interest you. 

How soon can you get my roof done, and how long will it take?

To be fair, all jobs are scheduled in the order in which we receive signed contracts, unless you request an installation time beyond our current backlog. 

Residential reroofs typically take 1-4 days to complete, depending on the size and complexity of the job and the agreeability of Mother Nature.

We'll contact you about1-2 days before the work begins.

A good rule of thumb regarding roofing start dates is this:   for every day of inclement weather during your countdown, add another day to the arrival of your crew.

We enjoy working outdoors, and are about as agile and good balanced as they come.  But roofing is a dangerous occupation, particularly in wet and windy weather.  Therefore, to protect the lives of our crews and not expose your roof's decking to unnecessary water damage, our policy is to not tear off any more shingles than can be replaced on any given day.

How can I prepare my home for reroofing?

INTERIOR:  If you use your attic or garage for storage, you may want to cover or remove selected items before we begin our work.  During reroofing we sometimes find boards that are not tight, allowing small pieces of dirt and debris to fall inside as we remove your old roof and install a new one. 

Remember, too, that vibrations (primarily hammering) may shake items off your shelves or walls.  To safeguard your pictures, plates, figurines, etc. we recommend that you protect them until our work has been completed. 

EXTERIOR:  Because we're "nit-picky" by nature, we go the extra mile to attract crew members that are proud of their work, pleasant to be around, and respectful of our clients' possessions.  Likewise, if we notice something on your property that may be damaged by falling debris, we'll either cover or move it, if possible.   Nevertheless, we ask you to please remove any portable items (i.e. potted plants, patio furniture, toys, etc.) located near the perimeter of your home before our arrival.   If you have special concerns, (i.e. flower beds, bushes, driveway space, etc.) please bring them to our attention before we begin and we'll be certain to address them.

Finally, due to the novelty associated with roofing, and the heights at which we perform our work, it's no surprise that our efforts attract the attention of onlookers.  For safety reasons, we ask that you instruct your children (if applicable) to stay clear of the work area.  It's also a good idea to alert your neighbors, so they have the opportunity to instruct their children as well.


Why should I choose Excel Metal Roofing to roof my house?

Our short answer is this:

* We know what we're doing.

* We don't cut corners.

* We keep our promises.

* And we're competitively priced.

Our longer, more complete answer is this:

If you want your roofing project done right the first time, work with us.   We pay attention to DETAILS -- so much so that we're considered "picky" by our suppliers and "perfectionists" by our crewmembers.  It's a reputation we prefer.

Also, if you lack knowledge about roofing and don't want to be preyed upon, work with us.  There are fast-talking, self-serving wolves in any profession, including ours, and we've made it a point to walk a different path.

Finally, if you want the assurance of a quality roof overhead, and the satisfaction that your hard-earned dollars have been wisely spent, consider doing the following:

Take the time to explore our Web site (there's a lot of user-friendly information here to get you rolling) and write down a list of questions that come to mind.   Then contact us for a free, no-obligation assessment of your roof, followed by a thoughtful conversation to address your questions and explore your options .

Remember, no matter who you end up working with, when all is said and done you're going to need more than proposals alone.   What you're going to need most of all is someone to rely on -- someone to trust.

We hope to be that "someone."   And we hope to do it by EARNING your respect, and exceeding your expectations.

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