Frequently Asked Questions

Can metal roofing stand up to extreme weather conditions?
Certainly. Metal roofing can withstand very high wind conditions and sheds snow more quickly than most other traditional roofing products. This protects the structural integrity of the roof itself. Metal roofing also helps eliminate ice damming at the eaves. Ice damming can cause water to collect under your roof. Additionally, should your building reside in a fire-prone area, metal roofing can help protect your structure from live embers.
Is metal roofing noisier than traditional roofing in rain or bad weather?
When installed over solid sheathing, a metal roof will be no louder from weather elements than other traditional roofing products.
Will my metal roof attract lightning?
Your metal roof has no greater chance of being struck by lightning than any other roof. Lightning is attracted by many factors, not necessarily exclusive to metal.
How does metal roofing help the environment?
Metal is a recyclable material, unlike asphalt shingles, which go into a landfill upon removal. Billions of pounds of asphalt are dumped into our landfills each year. In many instances, metal can be applied over an existing roofing material (depending on your local codes), eliminating the need to tear off the roof and deposit into a landfill.
Do I have to order panels in specified lengths?
No. One of the benefits of working with Weather Tite is that we custom cut your panels to the nearest inch, from 3 feet to 40 feet. Any cut less than 3 feet will incur an additional cutting charge. Lengths longer than 40 feet are also available, but incur an additional freight charge.
Will metal roofs last longer than traditional materials?
Absolutely. The average lifespan of an asphalt roof is 12 to 20 years, depending on the pitch of the roof and the climate zone. Asphalt begins to deteriorate as soon as it’s exposed to weather. Wood shingle and shakes may have to be replaced in as little as 20 years. Metal panels never decompose and can be counted on to last 2 or 3 times longer than traditional roofing products, perhaps 40 to 60 years or longer.
Is a metal roof heavy?
On average, metal roofing is only half the weight of asphalt shingles and approximately 75 percent lighter than concrete tiles.
What if I want a skylight? Can I buy those for my roofing panels?
For residential purposes, custom trims may be fabricated to weather-proof a skylight. For post-frame or agricultural and industrial applications, we offer a full line of skylights. Some manufacturers only offer 8-foot, 10-foot, and 12-foot skylights. Weather Tite, however, also offers 14-foot and 16-foot options. Our skylights are made of polycarbonate, which is far more durable and resistant to yellowing and brittleness.
What is the minimum roof pitch that I can use for my panels?
Typically, the minimum pitch is 3/12, although some types of panels can go much lower. A Weather Tite representative can help you with this.
What can I do to prevent water infiltration if my pitch is less than 3/12?
The use of butyl tape and/or stitch screws on all laps is highly recommended on any laps, but especially those of low pitch.
What should I do when I first receive my panels?
Immediately check for damage or shortages. Report any damage or discrepancies to Weather Tite right away.
Will it harm my panels to sit outside? After all, they are designed to be used outdoors.
Uninstalled panels should never be stored unprotected from the weather. Dew or other moisture can cause water spots and even premature rusting or early failure of the coating.
Can I use plastic to cover my uninstalled panels?
No. Loosely cover your panels with a canvas tarp or waterproof paper. Plastic will create and hold condensation, likely damaging your panels.
What’s covered by your warranty?
Please read your warranty very carefully. If you feel uneasy, ask for a copy to read prior to purchasing your panels. But in short, the warranty is provided by the paint manufacturer, not the panel manufacturer. Generally, paint manufacturers only provide protection against excessive fading, chalking, cracking and peeling of the paint. The paint company has the option of replacing the defective panels, painting the roof/siding panels, or whatever they determine is an acceptable solution.
What paperwork do I need to file a warranty claim?
Typically, you’ll need your receipt just as you would with almost any other product you would purchase. Any other documentation to establish when you installed the panels would also be of benefit.