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.

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.

We work year ’round…

A lot of people assume that because asphalt roofers stop working when the weather gets cold, all roofers do. Fortunately, we’re able to work year ’round because, unlike asphalt shingles, metal roofing doesn’t need to “seal”, and it doesn’t become brittle as the temperature drops. So give a call… why wait until Spring, or for your current roof to fail completely and cause interior damage during thaws?

HAS YOUR ASPHALT ROOF FAILED “BEFORE IT’S TIME”?

(A leading manufacturer's "40 year" shingle at 13 years. Photo taken today (8/30/11) of a home owner's roof in Amherst, Ohio)

We see it all day, every day during our appointments – people  who are beyond frustrated that they purchased a temporary asphalt roof 8 – 15 years ago that came with a 30/40/50 or lifetime warranty, only to find it failing decades earlier.  We beg you to please read the warranty in full before you commit.

One of the largest temporary asphalt roofing company’s warranty was recently extended to a “LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY”. Granted, from what I know, every warranty on a product of any kind today is “limited”. But not by as much as we see from manufacturers of asphalt roofing. In this particular warranty, in addition to being a pro-rated warranty (diminishing value every year), we see the following verbiage:

Failure to Seal/Blow-offs/Wind Damage: Coverage lasts for 15 years if lifetime shingles are installed on your roof. If other shingles are installed on your roof, coverage lasts for 5 years.

Algae Discoloration: All lifetime shingles are warranted against algae discoloration for 10 years.

It’s upsetting to us that in the same sentence, this major manufacturer uses “coverage lasts for 15 years” and “lifetime” in the same sentence. It turns out that manufacturing defects are covered for the long term and that’s about it. And most of us know that if there’s a manufacturing defect, it will usually become visible very early in the life of a product, if they ever do. The major temporary asphalt shingle manufacturers know that, thus offering you a “lifetime warranty.” They have little to lose because what they fail to cover are the things that usually happen.

As you read asphalt manufacturer’s warranties even further, you’ll find even more exclusions in the warranties. It makes us wonder how asphalt manufacturers get away with what they do. Then we remember that petroleum (aka oil) is a key component of asphalt shingles. Once again, we don’t get a fair shake from the oil companies which is unsettling.

Buyers…please beware, and read warranties for your own protection. Then read the warranties for our products. A night and day difference, I promise!

Northeast Ohio homeowners ask, “how much is a metal roof in comparison to asphalt?”

When discussing the issue of cost, it’s worth remembering that when you are considering a permanent roofing solution, as compared to a temporary roofing solution (asphalt), think hard about your objectives. Here’s a list that will help you qualify yourself as a good candidate for a metal roof…

1) do you plan on living in your house for more than 15 years?

2) are you at an age where you can see yourself replacing your roof at least two times, including this time (keeping in mind that a temporary asphalt roof lasts, on average, 12 – 15 years…sometimes as little as 9)?

3) do you enjoy the thought of owning something you’ve purchased that looks and performs as well today as it will 50+ years from now?

4)  are you someone that appreciates environmentally friendly products?

5) would you prefer a “one time fix” to an ongoing need?

6) do you enjoy feeling that you really got something of value for what you paid for it?

7) can you justify a long term investment vs. a short term purchase if it saves you a lot of money in the long run?

If you answered “YES!” to one or more of the above questions, you may very well be someone that would appreciate the benefits of a metal roof. While costs vary considerably from roof to roof based on size, complexity, and steepness, the best way to find out how much a metal roof will cost is to have Distinctive Metal Roofing provide you with a FREE quote. It’s simple and easy. While we’re at it, we’ll help you make the right decision for your set of circumstances. NO PRESSURE, NO OBLIGATION….PROMISE! Please Email or call….we’re here to help.

OHIO BASED COMPANIES, U.S. PRODUCTS

When’s the last time you were able to buy a U.S. made product, let alone one that was manufactured in Ohio?

  • Distinctive Metal Roofing is located in Avon, Ohio
  • Kassel and Irons is located in Piqua, Ohio.
  • Suppliers of standing seam are based in Middleburg Heights and Jefferson, Ohio
  • All U.S. steel products with up to 30% recycled U.S. steel ingredients!

Let’s all do our part to fuel our state and federal economy.

Ohio
36040 Caronia Circle
Avon, Ohio 44011

440-785-2436

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322 North Shore Drive
Bldg. 1B, Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-748-1795

Distinctive Metal Roofing is a proud member of the Metal Roofing Alliance