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!

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.

STREAKED ASPHALT ROOFS – ONLY 8 YEARS OLD!

Lots of streaking going on, and we don’t mean the clothe-less type. These photos were taken in Highland Park, an Avon, Ohio community. Clearly, the “algae inhibitors” didn’t do much good. Since approximately 1/2 the view of all homes is the roof, think of how much nicer these once beautiful homes would look with no streaking. Metal roofs never streak, of course. Not now, not 50 years from now.

INSTALL A NEW ASPHALT ROOF IN THE COLD WEATHER?

Verbatim, this is a printed statement from a GAF Smart Choice Shingle “Lifetime” Limited Warranty. If you’ve installed asphalt shingles of any kind since September, you have cause for concern….

“All self-sealing shingles, including GAF’s, must be exposed to warm, sunny conditions for several days before they completely seal. Before sealing occurs, shingles are vulnerable to blow-offs and wind damage. Shingles installed in fall or winter may not seal until the following spring. Shingles installed in the fall or winter may not seal until the following spring. Singles which are not exposed to direct sunlight or to adequate surface temperatures or that are not fastened properly may never seal. Failure to seal, blow-offs, and wind damage under these circumstances result from the nature of self sealing shingles, not a manufacturing defect, and are not covered under this warranty.”

Integrity of an installer means everything. We’ve seen many asphalt roofs installed this winter by unscrupulous asphalt roofing installers. Did you get a “better deal” because the company was slow in the winter?  The best asphalt roofing companies simply DON’T install asphalt roofing in the winter months. Fortunately, metal can be installed any time of year as there are no “blow off” or “sealing” issues related to metal roofing.

WE DON’T TAKE SHORTCUTS…

There’s always a right way and a wrong way to do just about anything. Sadly, there are metal roofing companies that take WAY too many shortcuts. From using 30# felt as under-layment, installing closed valleys instead of open valleys, to not kerfing chimney flashing, we’ve seen it all. Don’t be one of the people who have to call us because there were problems after your metal roof was installed improperly. Let us do it right the first time.

 

In the case of closed vs. open valleys, it’s MUCH easier and faster (making it cheaper) to install a closed valley vs. an open valley. Closed valleys tend to clog and become gathering places for debris and leafs. Below, you’ll see an open valley that we’ve installed, followed by two photos of closed valleys that we didn’t (and wouldn’t) install. The photo with the valley cap off shows you how the installer  effortlessly cut the panels and installed a decorative piece over them, plus the debris that’s collected. These types of shortcuts may save you some money initially, but will cause you long term pain and frustration over time. Let the experts at Distinctive Metal Roofing install your metal roof the right way the first time and never worry about your roof again!


HAIL DAMAGED ROOFS IN CLEVELAND, AKRON, AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Once again, Spring is here with the potential for both wonderful, and not so wonderful weather. Predictions have been made for a rough Spring. Should hail appear during a storm, it’s important to inspect your roof for hail damage. Hail can cause significant granule loss wherever it strikes which leads to direct sun exposure to the underlying asphalt on the shingles it effects. This will lead to cracked shingles over time and the potential for leaks. Have an insurance inspector analyze the damage after a storm if you suspect damage to your asphalt roof.

Metal roofing isn’t subject to hail damage like an asphalt roof is. Corrugated steel panels are dimpled to begin with and standing seam roofs don’t generally show dimpling. Both products are warranted for hail penetration. Kassel and Irons steel roofing is warranted for a lifetime against hail and wind uplift on a non pro-rated basis. You won’t find asphalt roofing manufacturers offering any protection for hail damage in their warranties.

WIND DAMAGED ROOFS IN CLEVELAND, AKRON, AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Tis the season! The season for fluke storms that cause wind and hail damage to roofs, that is. Asphalt roofs are subject to blow off for some of the following reasons:

IMPROPER INSTALLATION

1. Nail pattern wasn’t followed properly

2. Installed in cold weather which never allowed them to seal to one another

3. Staples instead of nails were used to install them

Metal roofs are warranted with a non pro-rated lifetime warranty to provide coverage for winds up to 130 m.p.h., or more. They mechanically attach to each other, so they don’t rely on sealants to keep them attached. And needless to say, staples are never used when installing a metal roof. Plus, there’s no way NOT to follow the nail pattern due to the design of each panel.