If you’re sick and tired of dealing with “roofing issues” every time it storms or is windy outside, you need to rethink your asphalt roof. Asphalt is heavily used because of its low cost. The problem is that when you factor in just how many time you are making repairs it really isn’t that great of a deal! Asphalt is pretty much like putting a “band-aid” fix on something because it only has a shelf-life of ten to fifteen years.
I mean who wants to replace their roof every ten to fifteen years? Not me! Now, let’s talk a little about metal roofing. Not just for commercial properties but for residential as well. It’s fast becoming the “go-to” material for homeowners who want a roof that lasts. Home improvement experts say metal is probably the LAST roof you’ll ever need! I like the sound of that. Before rushing out and making the investment, it’s important to know that all metal roofs are NOT the same!
Here are a few things to look for when choosing the BEST company with the BEST products and the BEST materials.
*Kynar 500 or Hylar 5000 coatings. Available in many colors and even multi-hued shades, these coatings offer the best combination of durability and fade resistance. Additionally, many people choose metal in order to avoid the streaking and staining that attacks granulated-surface shingles. Kynar 500 and Hylar 5000 finishes offer the best resistance to streaking and staining.
*“Self-Cleaning” Valleys. Although you may not often think about it, a lot of debris ends up on your roof. As things like tree leaves, pine needles, seed pods, ice, and snow travel down your roof, they end up in any valleys your roof may have. “Self-Cleaning” valleys carry the water and debris on top of the roof and can’t clog.
*Premium Certified Products. The Metal Construction Association has developed a Quality Certification Program which recognizes products and manufacturers that meet high levels of standards in terms of raw materials and processes. We strongly encourage products and manufacturers that are part of this program.
*Ventilation. Most homes can benefit from increased attic ventilation. Good ventilation will keep your home cooler in the summer, and also help avoid ice dams while making sure your insulation is dry and performing well in the winter. It can also help avoid rot and mold In your home. Re-roofing is the perfect time to address your home’s ventilation.
*Warranties. IMPORTANT. Make sure you know exactly what warranties you will be receiving, and who they are from. You should receive warranties covering the installation workmanship, the product, and also the integrity of the raw materials that go into the product.
Whatever you do, make sure you do your research. Again, if you’re sick and tired of dealing with asphalt’s poor performance and a 10-15 year shelf life, metal is the way to go. It can stand up to even the worst storms and is fire retardant. Definitely the MOST durable and energy efficient option.
Check out Metal Roofing Rochester for more information.