How To Find the Best Metal Roofing Contractor

Two things that never end well when it comes to metal roofing are cheap prices and little research. As painstaking as it may seem, doing extensive research on a metal roofing contractor before you hire them is one of the most important steps in having a metal roof installed, especially since they’ll be installing one of the most important aspects of your house. Read reviews, ask around for referrals, and never choose a contractor just because they offer a cheaper price. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, and you’ll probably end up paying what you saved on repairs for a poorly installed roof. For a job well done, and peace of mind, be sure to do your research.

Some things to keep in mind while doing your research is that the best roofing contractors usually aren’t available tomorrow or next week because they are in demand. They’re also not the cheapest because they know they’re giving you your moneys’ worth. They’ll be highly regarded on review sites, and a lot of their business comes from past customers who refer their friends and relatives to them.

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Speaking of referrals, manufacturers are great places to start, as most know the integrity and expertise of the metal roofing contractors they work with. In some cases, a manufacturer will carefully interview potential contractors before offering the product to them for resale (and installation). Carefully selecting quality contractors is a way for the manufacturer to control the quality of the installation in the field and enhance the value of their product in the marketplace. 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.

Asking friends and family members about their experience with a roofing contractor can be a great way to find good companies to work with. Be sure to read review pages (Houzz, Better Business Bureau, and Angie’s List are great resources) to find reliable contractors who will work for you. Finding a reliable roofing contractor online is possible, but online reviews are no substitute for meeting with a contractor in person. Interviews are an important way to get to know the contractor. Prior to the interview, go through their website and read reviews of them online. What do you like about their work? Once they start the job, do they see the job through before going to the next job? Make sure you use this time to have the roofing contractor address your concerns and let them tell you what they can provide for you. When making a large investment in your home, you want someone who listens to and understands your needs while also delivering a quality service. To help narrow down your choices, ask the roofing contractor for references. A reputable roofing company will have a long list of completed roofs, allowing you to drive by the home to actually see their work.

Distinctive Metal Roofing is proud to be the best roofing contractor in the greater Cleveland, OH, and Pittsburgh, PA, areas. Just listen to what our happy customers have to say!

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.

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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.

Common Roofing Scams and How To Avoid Them

Each year, homeowners are targeted by less than reputable roofing companies, who do the bare minimum, fail to address any of the problems, leaving trusting families with poorly installed roofs that fail prematurely, or have ongoing water issues and repairs. Keep reading to learn how to avoid the most common roofing scams.

Door-to-Door Scammers

Roofing door-to-door sales are not common in the industry, but they are common roofing scams that unreliable individuals practice. Homeowners should always partner with reliable roofing companies they find—not the other way around. If a roofer comes to your home, you should be immediately skeptical. Two common signs that show the salesperson at your door is a scammer is if they mention your insurance, and if they arrive soon after a storm hits your local area. “Storm chasers” is a common term used for salespeople who listen to the weather bureau to find out which areas have wind or hail damage, knowing that insurance companies will allow for roof replacement in those areas. The “storm chaser” essentially blankets the area hit by storm damage and looks for unsuspecting homeowners in need for roof repairs, while also offering free roof inspections. Because they know how insurance companies work based upon the overall square footage of your roof, the salesperson will determine the cost to install the cheapest roof possible to maximize their profit. The trusting home owner is left poorly installed roof, and in many cases, the fraudulent company is no longer in business to help when roof problems begin to occur. Of course, these aren’t the only signs they’re scammers, but both tactics are prevalent among door-to-door roofing scammers.

Dodging the Scammers

For many people, the idea of getting a brand-new roof for free is appealing, especially if their roof was damaged or are convinced their roof needs repair. What can be easier, a problem solved, little or no money exchanged, and you have a new roof… right? Wrong. Roof scammers or “storm chasers” have no incentive to do a quality roof installation, and there is no way to hold them accountable when issues occur because they will most likely be long gone when problems do arise. Because the roof is cheaply installed, it is not unusual to see their roof needing to be replaced again in as little as 5 – 7 years.

So, now that you know the most common roofing scams, let’s break down the best tactics to avoid such situations. Unfortunately, scammers exist in almost every industry, and roofing is no exception. Thankfully, tactics for avoiding scammers are fairly straightforward. To put it simply, do your own research instead of taking the word of an uninvited stranger at your door. When the salesperson insists your roof is damaged and can be repaired cheaply, say no and stand your ground. After saying no to the salesperson, ask friends and family for referrals or research roofing contractors online. No matter how you hear about a company, research customer reviews, check their Better Business Bureau rating, and ask for examples of previous work. A reputable roofing contractor will be happy to provide you a list of references for you to see the roofs they have installed and obtain feedback on the quality of their work. You shouldn’t settle on a roofing provider until collecting multiple quotes, consider which ones address your roofing needs, and holds the most value to you. If your roof was damaged due to a recent storm, be sure to re-read your homeowner’s insurance policy to avoid breaching it in the process.

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.

DISTINCTIVE METAL ROOFING ADDS NEW PRODUCT LINE!

Distinctive Metal Roofing adds Edco’s “Arrowline Slate” to their metal roofing lineup! Providing the same high integrity product that people have come to expect from us, the look of slate compliments many homes in Northeast Ohio. Many have told us that they love the look of their slate roof but don’t want to spend the money to replace it, not to mention the costs of repairing it every year as tiles crack. Metal roofing requires no maintenance or repair and comes with a non pro-rated LIFETIME transferable warranty. This gives you peace of mind for as long as you own your home and added resale value when you go to sell it. Protect your family and home by making the smartest, and last roofing purchase you’ll ever make with a beautiful, eco-friendly, permanent roof from Distinctive Metal Roofing. You’ll be so happy you did!

ArrowLine Enhanced Slate

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