Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I use metal on my roof?

  • Properly installed metal will survive wind that will devastate asphalt or fiberglass shingles.
  • Metal with proper ductility will not show dents when hail decimates asphalt or fiberglass shingles.
  • A properly installed and maintained metal roof will have a very long life and can last over 75 years.
  • When familiar with the installation process, metal roofs are quick and easy to install.
  • Metal roofs are light weight, less than 100 lbs. per square compared to 225 to 350 lbs. per square for shingles.
  • Properly installed metal roofs shed snow and ice easily, limiting the snow load, and will not absorb or be damaged by water.
  • Metal roofs are non-combustible.
  • Energy Star metal roofing reflects the sun’s heat instead of absorbing it like asphalt and fiberglass shingles, helping to keep your home cooler in the summer. All of our color choices are Energy Star rated.

What is your relationship with Luthy Metal Sales?

 In the past, we were the installation crew for Luthy Metal Sales. With increased sales and a desire to focus more on manufacturing they proposed that we take over the installation completely. Integral Builders is now completely independent of them, yet we still work closely together, purchasing all our metal roofing products from them.

Do you use nails or screws to fasten the metal?

Because of it’s superior ability to remain secure, we use screws instead of nails.

Where do you put the fasteners, on the rib or on the flat?

The fasteners always go on the flat area so that the rib can move to allow for expansion and contraction.

What seals the fastener holes?

We use a metal screw that has a rubber seal which seals against the metal. To prevent the rubber seal from deteriorating from the suns UV rays a metal washer is used to cover it.

How do you seal around pipes protruding through the roof?

We use a rubber roofing boot that has a twenty year warranty.

How do you seal around a chimney?

1. On a brick, block or other masonry chimney we actually cut into the masonry leaving a small crack where we can put our custom bent trim into the crack so it naturally seals tightly.

2. On Steel walled chimney pipes we use our roofing boot.

What happens at the edges of the roof?

1. On the rake side ( the sides on an angle) we use a corner trim that overlaps the metal on the top and comes down about two inches covering some of the existing fascia.

2. At the eave edge we use a “C” trim which on the top side it goes under the metal roof, on the front it covers the existing drip edge, and on the bottom it returns in against the fascia.

What will happen to the antennas that are on the roof?

We mark their exact location and then temporarily remove them, they are carefully reinstalled on top of the new metal roof.

Are there color choices for metal roofing?

Yes, there are 20 colors to choose from.