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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Metal?
There is a growing list of reasons for the expanding use of metal in construction.Leading the list is the tremendous variety of shapes and colors that today's product offers. In addition to these aesthetic advantages, modern metal roofing is easily installed and offers longevity, energy savings, exceptional durability,even under extreme weather conditions.


How Can Metal Roofing Save Energy?
Many conventional roofing materials, asphalt shingles for example, absorb energy from the sun. Metal, on the other hand, reflects most of the sun's rays. At day's end, metal also cools more quickly. As a result, the attic space remains cooler, as does the living space below. Conventional roofing materials tend to absorb and retain heat, therefore requiring more energy to maintain a cooler living space.


How Can Metal Roofing Save Energy?
Many conventional roofing materials, asphalt shingles for example, absorb energy from the sun. Metal, on the other hand, reflects most of the sun's rays. At day's end, metal also cools more quickly. As a result, the attic space remains cooler, as does the living space below. Conventional roofing materials tend to absorb and retain heat, therefore requiring more energy to maintain a cooler living space.


Metal Over My Old Roof?
Yes! Because of the light weight of metal, it is easily installed over existing roofing materials, without the disposal problems commonly associated with re-roofing projects. And, because roofing panels are installed in sheets, labor costs for installation are kept to a minimum.


But, Will It Look Good?
Pacific West Steel recognizes that appearance is a major factor in the choice of roofing material. To insure that the benefits of metal go beyond longevity and durability, our diversified line of roofing products offer a wide variety of styles, colors, and finishes.

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Will It Make Noise When It Rains?
Modern metal roofing is often installed directly over plywood decking and felt or existing roof. Therefore, any noise generated by rain will be similar to that created by conventional materials. Also, as with conventional materials, attic insulation will provide additional noise reduction.


About Metal Walls?
Although the primary use of metal in construction has been roofing applications, there are countless examples utilizing metal wall panels, and even all metal construction. Pacific West Steel offers an extensive product line, including a variety of both wall and roofing panel systems suited for all applications.


What Are Some Other Advantages Of Metal Roofing?
Metal is non-combustible and is exceptionally durable. Properly installed, metal roofing will not absorb or be damaged by water, will easily shed snow and ice, and is highly resistant to damage from wind or storms.


Which Metal Roofing System Is Right For Me?
There are generally two types of systems.One is an exposed fastener system. This type of system utilizes pre-formed metal panels. These panels are typically installed over existing roofing materials. Fasteners are then driven through both panel surfaces and panel laps to secure them to the decking or framing strips. The second type of system is a concealed fastener system. In this type of system, panels are installed over decking, utilizing metal clips. Although personal preference plays a major role in the selection process, the type of system selected is greatly influenced by the style of the project and by the budget. Pacific West Steel can assist you in selecting the system that is best for your particular need.


Installation - The Critical Difference!
One of the advantages of metal in roofing is ease of installation. Metal roofing is easily installed for both new construction and retrofit applications. At Pacific West Steel we feel that it is important to point out that because metal roofing is a major component in construction and maintenance, it is advisable that care be taken when installing your metal roofing. You may even decide to choose a qualified professional contractor to install your new roof.


Will It Cost More Than Conventional Roofing?
Although the initial cost of metal is higher, the life-cycle costs are substantially lower than conventional materials. The decision to select metal is often based upon the fact that the owner either doesn't want to or can't afford to replace their conventional roof every 10 to 12 years. Metal, on the other hand, will provide years of virtually maintenance-free service.


Pacific West Steel Inc. is a leader in the Metal Roofing and Siding industry. We carry a full line of products to fit your needs. Please contact us for more information using the following details:

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