Questions to ask before you buy new metal roof
When thinking about your design and style preferences, and how will choosing the right color and profile impact appearance of your home, ask yourself the following questions:
How do I know if I need a new roof?
The lifespan of a roof depends on the quality of installation and quality of the product. A well-made and well-installed metal roof will not have to be replaced for many decades.
- Roof age
- Shingles are missing, curling, buckling & cracking, shingle tabs are cupped.
- Compromised roof valleys
- Water intrusion by chimney flashing
- Shingle granules in the gutters
- 7.Bald spots where granules are missing.
- Missing shingles, exposed plywood.
It is common to experience these problems if your roofing are over 10 years old. Sometimes it is possible to repair small areas but replacing few shingles will only delay the inevitable. At some point all the asphalt shingles will need to be replaced.
Is your home new or had your asphalt shingles replaced recently? Alarm bells should be ringing, if you are experiencing these problems so soon, it is likely that the asphalt shingles were of low quality, or they were not installed correctly. Typically asphalt roof will last anywhere between 8 and 12 years or less before problems start occurring
Another reason to look at upgrading to better performing metal roofing would be to improve the insulation value within your attic and home in general
What colour scheme will help set my home apart?
Most of the existing roofing is replaced like-for-like, and for many this means choosing something similar to their existing color of the shingles. However metal roofing is available in the large range of colours, and you are not limited. You choose from variety of colors from Anthracite or Slate Grey., Black, Mocha and Chocolate brown, Colonial or Wine Red, Terra Cotta, Copper metallic, Green even ‘dual coloured’ Anticado
If you need more help choosing a colour scheme for your metal roof, ask our sales consultant for advice tailored to your property.
Should I go for a traditional or contemporary design?
It is your choice. Many people choose a traditional design to fit with their home’s appearance and/or surroundings, but in some circumstances modern, sleek profiles can enhance the aesthetics of a property.
If you are undecided or totally stuck or need some advice, get in touch with designer or a home improvement expert who can help you choose color or profile of the metal roofing that suit your property.
Can installing new metal roof save money on energy bills?
One way to make your house more energy efficient is to upgrade to metal roofing. This is achieved with metal roofing installation creating an air space between metal roofing panel and the deck. Which achieves an airway beneath the roofing panels, thus expelling hot air to the exterior trough the ridge venting, this ensures proper attic ventilation, resulting in cooler attics and naturally cooler living spaces
Metal roof can be reasonably expected to be some 50 to 60 degrees cooler than a dark color asphalt shingles roof. Standard color palette fares well in Canadian climate. It is best to choose a light color metal such as white, light bronze, beige, peach, light green or blue, if you live in a region that has a lot of sun and a hotter climate.
What gauge metal is best for residential roofing?
With metal, the higher the gauge number, the thinner the material. So, 29 gauge is thinner than 26 gauge. For residential roofing, 29 gauge is the minimum recommended, while 26 gauge is suitable for most applications. In areas with high winds, incidence of hail or severe weather, 25 gauge is advisable.
Is it OK to put a metal roof over shingles?
Metal roofs can be installed over your existing roof without tearing off shingles, provided local building codes allow it. Installing the new metal roofing over vertical and horizontal strapping (1 x 3s or similar) will raise the metal and provide a ventilating air pocket between layers,
How much does it cost to install a metal roof?
The average roofing installation price for a metal roof costs anywhere between $9,000 to $18,000 depending on the slope, pitch, and size of your roof. You can expect to pay $6 to $8 per sq. foot or $600 to $800 per square installed on a standard sized single-story home.
What kind of guarantee do the metal roofing come with?
Our steel roofs are designed for demanding Canadian climate and withstand years and years of fluctuating conditions, from spring rains, summer heat to ice-cold winter. All our steel roofing materials come with the automatic manufacturer guaranty and our comprehensive “Iron Clad” lifetime, limited non-prorated transferable warranty.
How do I know if a metal roofing company is any good?
Years of being in the busines and good reputation are good indicators of a good metal roofing company. Ask to see examples of recent work, including customer testimonials and installation pictures, to make sure they are confident with undertaking similar projects to yours. It is also worth asking about the professional experience of the team. Does the company have dedicated and experienced advisors, installers, and service & project managers?
Do you install where I live?
Its always best to hire local company. Narrow down the list to companies who produce product locally actively install in your area or they will refer you to their area installers/dealers. This will not only save you time in your search, but you can be confident that they have experience with similar house styles.
How long will the installation take?
Typically, you can expect to have your new metal roof installed about 4-8 weeks after signing contract, but the wait time is different with every company. This can be due to a variety of factors, including manufacturing complexity and arranging an installation, as well as popularity of the company and seasonality. As long as the company is responsive and communicates at every step of the process, it is the sign of a good service and product.
Actual installation of metal roof takes approximately 2 to three days due to its complexity & artisan Installation techniques.