Misinformation at Home and Garden Shows

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Having attended recent home and garden shows while posing as a potential customer to the very few companies that did metal roofing as part of their business, I learned that potential metal roofing buyers are bombarded with a wealth of misinformation. From the inaccurate statement that “metal roofing is noisy” to warranty claims that don’t match those of the manufacturer, homeowners walk away not knowing that the information they’ve been given is simply not accurate.

But why?

The interesting fact is that some companies that do metal roofing as a small part of their larger asphalt roofing business are looking to erase metal roofing from your mind any way they can. Why, you ask, would these companies talk down about metal roofing? The answers are simple:

  1. Metal roofing requires skill sets typical asphalt roofers don’t possess. Asphalt teams often consist of pick-up subcontractors who haven’t worked together before but know how to do asphalt roofing. If a company attempted to install metal roofing using the same methods they use to install asphalt roofing, the job wouldn’t be done properly and they’d lose money because it took much longer than it should have which would ultimately force them out of the business of metal roofing.
  2. Asphalt roofers have the old school mentality that they want repeat business from you. They want to be your “favorite roofer” for many years to come. We want to be your favorite metal roofer for years to come as well, but we know we are unlikely to see you again because you won’t need us for anything. Our roofs are permanent “last roofs that you’ll ever buy” that last for more than 60 years. While we hope to see you again, it won’t be because you need a metal roof again.

Ask the right questions…

So, as with all consumer transactions, “buyer beware” applies heavily to roofing contractors. Ask the right questions such as the following:

  • How are you rated by the Better Business Bureau?
  • Can I read reviews about your business on Angie’s List?
  • How many roofs have you installed?
  • What percentage of your business revolves around metal roofing?
  • How long have you been installing metal roofs?
  • Where can I see some of your work?
  • Who can I talk to about your work?
  • What warranty do you offer on your workmanship and what does the manufacturer offer on their product?
  • Is your crew solely dedicated to metal roofing or are they pick up teams that haven’t necessarily installed a metal roof before?

When you talk with us at Distinctive Metal Roofing, you’ll realize you’re working with metal roofing experts. We do what we say, when we say and we’ll always give you honest, factual answers. We promise!

If you think hiring a pro is expensive, try hiring an amateur

Quoting Mike Holmes, home improvement contractor and television host, truer words have never been spoken. Too often we see the end results of a metal roof that was purchased because the contractor offered the lowest price and the homeowner didn’t take the time to research the company or the product used in the installation. When have you ever purchased something that was the cheapest and the longest lasting?

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Keep in mind while doing your research that the better contractors in any field are not usually available tomorrow or next week because they’re too busy, unless it’s during their off season of course. They’re also not the cheapest and they know they’re giving you your moneys’ worth. They are highly regarded on review sites and a lot of their business comes from past customers who can’t stop referring their friends and relatives to them.

So take the time to do your research. Manufacturers are a great place to start as most know the integrity and expertise of the contractors they work with. After all, if something goes terribly wrong with a job and a homeowner can’t get a response from the contractor, they usually turn to the material manufacturer in hopes of resolution. Material manufacturers are usually brutally honest and will not recommend a contractor they have had problems with. Be sure to read review pages (Houzz and Angie’s List are great resources) and see some of their completed jobs in person. Any reputable firm will have a long list of completed roofs around you that you can see.

Metal roofing installed all fall and winter long!

 

fallCan a metal roofing be installed when it’s cold? This is a great question and a common concern of many homeowners.

So far we’ve been lucky….60+ degrees in November with no temperature forecasts through December of less than 30 degrees! Could this be a sign of another mild winter heading our way? Hope so!

Most home owners want to get their new roof installed before the weather turns cold. If your roof is reaching its end of life, don’t wait until your roof completely breaks down. A small leak can lead to bigger problems, causing expensive interior damage to your home.

What if the weather forecast dramatically changes and old man winter appears without warning? Unlike asphalt shingles, which become brittle when the weather turns cold, and rely upon adhesives that require warm temperatures to “activate” and prevent water from entering your home, a quality metal roof can be installed year-round. Installing a Distinctive Metal Roofing system in the winter is the same as it is in the summer – only a little colder!

Give us a call…we are available year-round. We’ll provide you with a FREE ballpark metal roofing estimate for your home over the phone, and if the cost is within your budget range, we’ll meet to show you samples and answer all of your questions while effortlessly guiding you through the process of selecting your new metal roof.

The Distinctive Metal Roofing Team looks forward to working with you!

Cleveland / Akron Roof Installers: Standing Seam

A standing seam roof in Cleveland

Standing seam roofing is often referred to as “barn roofing”,  and it’s becoming a popular choice for roofing Akron & Cleveland area homes. Unfortunately, there are many purveyors of these products who do not follow through with quality standing seam roof installation.

Every new standing seam roof installation requires:

  • deck preparation
  • underlayment
  • fabrication
  • placement
  • fastening
  • flashing

Metal provides unique opportunities for protecting your home, but in the wrong hands, those opportunities can be lost by an installer who does not specialize in metal.

Choosing the Right Standing Seam Roof Installer

You’ve made the decision to purchase a standing seam metal roof; good move. Now, don’t compromise that good decision with the poor choice of a roof installer.

Just going through a list of what to do isn’t enough; your contractor must know how to do it right. There are differences in installation techniques. Distinctive Metal Roofing installs every standing seam roof with attention to detail that other installers just don’t. Though we won’t go into detail here, our installation practices are the very best in the industry. They are 1 ingredient of our “secret sauce”, and we will only share them with you in-person.

The difference between a bad installation and a great installation is huge, and will only become more obvious over the coming years. At the very least, ensure that your roof installer is following the manufacturers’ instructions for installation, and adheres to all local building standards.

A Great Product Deserves Great Installation

You, having decided on a metal roof, deserve great service, great product, great installation, and great peace of mind. Distinctive Metal Roofing will provide you with these things, and more.  We’re right here, in your community and a part of it. We know about the challenges our local environment can throw at a roof…and we know how to protect your home.

Early Decisions on a Roof: Cleveland / Akron Home Building

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With new homes being designed and built specifically for owners in Cleveland & Akron, roofing decisions need to come early in the building process. We know that no matter where you build a new home, there are thousands of choices to be made. In Akron and Cleveland: roof choices carry extra weight because of the weather we enjoy!

A Metal Roof for Your New Home

You started thinking about and planning your new home build from the ground up…but don’t save your roofing decision for last! Consider a metal roof for your new home; a roof that will last a lifetime.

Standard, asphalt shingles (a builder’s usual choice for roofing) provide only temporary protection for your home and family, lasting only 15 years. The roof will begin to break down the very minute it is installed. Breakdowns in common roofing products result in compromise the beauty of your new home, and the function of the roof: to protect your home, and all it contains, from the elements. You can learn more about how asphalt roofs fail here. In contrast, a metal roof from Distinctive Metal Roofing actually adds value to your investment.

Make a Roofing Decision Once

Our metal roofing products carry lifetime warranties that even transfer with the sale of the home. However, if you plan to stay in your home for the long term, you can be assured that this is the last roof you will ever need. With low maintenance, long-lasting beauty, and our exceptional service, you can actually enjoy your roofing decision for years to come.

The roof on your brand new home should function as a system, just like the HVAC and other mechanical systems each new build requires. Why not decide on a roofing system that lasts, saves energy, and protects?

We will be happy to talk to you, your architect, or builder about exploring our metal roofing options for your new home. Don’t settle for a product that though intended to protect your most valuable asset, is known to fail.

Asphalt Roofing – The Epitome of Planned Obsolescence

It’s easy to be misled by warranties written by asphalt manufacturers.

The sad thing is, many of us take them at face value instead of really reading what the warranty covers. In every asphalt warranty, it’s clear that what the bulk of the warranty covers is “manufacturing defects”. This simply means that for as long as they state, which is often 50 years or “lifetime”, nothing they’ve done in the manufacturing process will cause their material to fail.

Read on a little further in the warranty documentation and you’ll soon realize that the circumstances that cause your roof to fail are not covered, or are covered for a limited amount of time before they pro-rate heavily. Pro-ration insures the manufacturer that by the time you need the warranty, it will be expired, or worth pennies on the dollar.

They say that asphalt roofing only makes sense for the rich. They can afford to do it over, and over, and over again.

The Kassel & Irons Limited Lifetime Warranty

The Kassel & Irons 40 Year Limited Lifetime WarrantyKassel & Irons Lifetime/40-Year Transferable Limited Warranty serves as your reminder of the product’s “Best in Industry” protection. As long as you own your home, Kassel & Irons Lifetime Warranty is in full effect and never pro-rates. And unlike many other roofing warranties, the Kassel & Irons warranty transfers to all future owners during the first 40 years after installation, is still not pro-rated, and provides not only replacement materials but also replacement labor should a warranted failure occur.

So which would you choose, a product designed to fail with pro-rated warranty that covers “manufacturing defects,” or a lifetime product with a warranty that is not pro-rated, and covers materials AND labor? We at Distinctive Metal Roofing think that the choice is easy…especially with the weather here in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. How about you?

Metallic Coatings

steel roofing layers diagramAll Steel Roofing has a protective barrier on both sides of the sheet called a metallic coating which protects against rusting. This is underneath and separate from any paint which imparts color to the product. There are two types of metallic coatings used:

Galvanized: This is 100% Zinc in various thicknesses depending upon the product usage.

Galvalume or Zincalume: A mixture of aluminum and zinc. (55 percent by volume aluminum)

Metallic coatings “sacrifice” themselves to protect the iron (Fe) in steel from oxidation when exposed to the air and moisture is present. Zinc is a more “active” metal than iron so it oxidizes first and forms a protective barrier — zinc oxide, before the iron (Fe) in the steel can become Ferric Oxide (rust). When zinc is combined with aluminum to form Galvalume there is even more protection in most circumstances.

Different Levels of Protection

There are differing amounts of metallic coating used on sheet steel depending upon its final product application. For agricultural applications, galvanizing levels called G-40 or G-60 may be used quite successfully. For houses, the MRA recommends a minimum of G-90 be used. This is in accordance with the Guidelines for Residential Metal Roofing published by the Metal Construction Association. The greater the number, the longer the protection against rust will last.

The numbers G-40; G-60; and G-90 refer to the ounces of zinc per 100 square feet of sheet steel coated (top and bottom). G-90 will have 90 ounces of Zinc- 45 ounces on each side per 100 square feet of roofing sheet steel.

Galvalume has a designation AZ-50 or AZ-55. These are equivalent levels to G-90 galvanized product. However, in many years of exposure testing Galvalume has proven to be up to three times more effective in preventing rust from appearing on the sheet steel.

Aluminum sheet does not require a separate metallic coating barrier since aluminum oxide, when it forms is not noticeable in most cases.

STANDING SEAM METAL ROOFING AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR

A standing seam roof in Cleveland

If there’s one thing homeowners are confused about, or don’t take the time to research, is the difference between the various standing seam products on the market today. The biggest reason for this is that they usually can’t compare panels side by side and don’t know the correct questions to ask. I’ll attempt to clarify some of the areas to focus on as a homeowner so you’re sure to compare apples to apples, and get the best standing seam material available today.

Here’s What homeowners Should Focus On…

  1. Gauge: This is the thickness of the material. The thinner, the higher the number. The thicker, the lower the number. Home improvement stores offer material as thin as 28 or 29 gauge. While this is the standard for numerous stamped steel panels in the market that are created to look like slate or shake, it is not the norm for true standing seam metal roofing material. Our standard is 24 gauge which withstands hail better than even the commonly accepted 26 gauge panels offered by most other metal roofers. Cost is a non-issue as they’re pennies different per linear foot.
  2. Paint Coating: Kynar 500® PVDF resin-based finish is the only finish Distinctive Metal Roofing products are coated with, unless we’re installing an agricultural (36″ screw-through) panel, and even that’s available in Kynar 500® now. The coating’s no fade, no chalk warranty is as good as it gets for 30+ years of chalk and fade protection. Research on silicone polyester and acrylic paints vs. Kynar 500® PVDF resin-based finish proves the durability time and time again. There’s simply no other choice to consider other than Kynar 500® for metal roofing materials.
  3. Locking mechanisms and rib height: There are numerous standing seam roofers who form their panels in the field (your yard) instead of purchasing pre-formed/pre-cut panels from a manufacturer who specializes in standing seam materials. While cutting and forming every panel on site may seem like a custom way to approach standing seam manufacturing, the quality of the locking mechanisms at the seams is typically very weak. When a side by side comparison is done (ours vs. theirs), the differences are profound. Plus, the panels we use have a 1 1/2″ rib height which is the best defense against moisture and provides the most aesthetically appealing panel. Many field formed panels have 3/4″ or lower seams.
  4. Substrate: The material standing seam is made from should be Galvalume, period. Galvalume is a combination of galvanized steel and aluminum. 100% aluminum standing seam is simply too soft for the geographic region we serve and can dent too easily from even the slightest hail. While any standing seam material can dent from hail, it’s much less likely with a 24 gauge Galvalume panel than any other material.
  5. Striations: “Oil Canning” is a term used to describe the waviness that occurs with standing seam panels which is caused by thermal expansion and contraction. We use striated panels which minimize oil canning which also provides a more aesthetically appealing panel.

I hope this information clarifies some of the mystery between standing seam products being offered today. The best thing you can do for yourself is to do side by side comparisons. We would love to show you why our Standing Seam the best available. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Kynar 500® is a registered trademark belonging to Arkema Inc.

Stone Coated Metal Roofing Materials Can Collect Mold and Algae

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While Distinctive Metal Roofing installs stone coated metal roofing materials occasionally, we caution those living in heavily shaded/wooded locations against it due to potential mold and algae growth. With their heavily granulated surface that retains mold and algae, if you’re currently having problems with mold and algae growth on your roof, stone coated shingles are not the choice for you. Please keep in mind that asphalt shingle streaks are also caused by the large percentage of limestone as a filler material. Limestone is what black algae feeds on which means black algae streaks appear early in the life of an asphalt shingle. Stone coated metal roofing does NOT contain limestone (the granules on stone coated metal panels is crushed ceramic or granite) but the granular surface itself can be an issue.

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