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Why Metal Roof Snow Brakes Should Be Thought About In the Spring and Summer

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

The flowers beginning to bloom are only one of the many beautiful manifestations of the calm, tranquil, and spring-defining month of May. As the summer is approaching, we are seeing warmer and sunnier afternoons. The metal roofing industry is beginning its yearly cycle and homeowners all over New England are simultaneously looking to get a new metal roof. It has been frequently said that getting a metal roof is essential for the lifetime protection for a safe, worry-free future of a home; so, with this level of ease in mind, let’s talk about a worrisome topic that may not be top of mind this time of year: snow!

Ice Dams Review

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Ice Dams

Some of the most common roofing problems we hear from homeowners across New England are almost always concerning ice, snow, and ice dams. Sure, these conditions resulting from the many winter elements are troublesome at that given time; however, you should consider the long-term damage that ice and snow can typically do to roofing and how this damage can be prevented.

Let us consider why your asphalt roofing had ice dam issues last winter. If there is poor ventilation in your roofing, heat from the house probably rose up into the attic and melted the snow that was over the given heated areas. Snow that had piled up over your unheated overhangs, such as your porch roof, did not have the same effect. When the ice on the higher parts of your roof began to melt from the heat, it probably began to seep down to the overhangs and freeze into ice. This ice could have backed its way into the roofing material and entered your structure. This is a notoriously endemic issue, and neglecting extra snow that is on your roof can cause serious internal damage of your home.

Pro-tip: If you are not investing in a metal roof, invest in a snow rake, at the very least.

Understand that any type of roofing can be susceptible to ice dams, especially when there is an environment of extremely freezing temperatures and no sun. It can happen on a metal roofing system when snow builds up from the ground or gutters and makes its way up onto the roofing system. This, however, usually is not an issue with a metal roofing system – just be cautious.

Underlayment / Roof Deck Protection

In case of any potential ice dam issues on a metal roof, find out what your hired contractor is planning on using for roof deck protection.  An “underlayment” is a type of rubber membrane, such as Ice and Water Shield, which will provide additional protection to the roof deck, not the shingles. This will protect your home from any potential water infiltration.

When the question, “Will a metal roof avoid ice dams?” is asked, the answer is, for the most part: yes! It is very rare to see an ice dam on a metal roof. In fact, it is so nonexistent that, ironically, we actually need to utilize a method that will *prevent* the snow from falling off the roof too quickly. Metal roofing has a very smooth surface. Metal roofs also have high radiant heat reflectivity, meaning that when the sun’s rays strike the roof, they reflect outward. Radiant heat passes through the snow as soon as the sun comes out, spreading throughout the entire roof. The bottom of the snow starts to become slippery, causing it to slide off of the roof very easily and quickly. Subjectively speaking, a potential issue with a metal roof is not that the snow piles up; it is that it can come off too quickly! How is this prevented?

Metal Roof Snow Brake Systems: Known as Snow Guards, Snow Rails, or Snow Fences

*Classic Metal Roofs, LLC, unlike many other metal roofing contractors in New England, includes the cost of snow brakes in every quote.

Why is it important to utilize metal roof snow brakes?

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Aluminum Snow Brakes

Large chunks of snow falling off of a metal roof at once could be dangerous due to a steep pitch over doorways or vital areas of landscaping. Understand that if the pitch is not very steep, too-frequent spacing of the snow brakes could prevent snow from sliding off to too much of an extent to where it is not shedding any snow at all. In this case, or any other troublesome circumstances, a heat tape can be used on the overhangs to melt the snow. However, understand that the gutters and downspouts must also be lined with the heat tape to ensure that the melted snow can leave the roof efficiently.

There are a variety of styles for metal roof snow brakes, most of which interface very well with most products offered. Be sure to discuss with your contractor which type of snow brake will function and interface with your product most efficiently. Metal roof snow brakes can come in steel, aluminum, copper, and polycarbonate. Keep in mind that the material of the snow brake must match the metal of the roof. Therefore, an aluminum metal roof would require aluminum snow brakes. However, a stainless steel snow brake system can be used with just about any type of metal roofing system because it is nonreactive.

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Snow Fence

If you have done some research on a manufacturer’s website regarding snow brakes, here is an insider tip: the recommendations they give on spacing and placement are often angled towards generating more revenue. Based on Classic Metal Roofs’ experience, for most areas, placing the snow brakes from 12” to 18” apart is adequate. During installation, be sure that the crew is keeping snow brakes away from valleys where snow tends to collect as opposed to escape.

If a contractor neglected to install snow brakes on your already-installed metal roof, there is still hope. Though aluminum snow brakes are installed structurally due to how durable they must be to withstand heavy chunks of ice and snow, a polycarbonate snow brake can be implemented after installation of the roof in case of any possible mistake. Polycarbonate snow brakes have special adhesives which stick them to the roofing material as opposed to being fastened into the roof. The reasoning for using polycarbonate snow brakes is, because they can be done in a retrofit, this can help avoid the potential of nullifying the factory warranty of the roof. Remember, putting a fastener through a panel will typically void your metal roofing system’s warranty.

Conclusion

Pay attention to what your prospective metal roofing contractor is planning on doing and whether or not that contractor meets your criteria. Add to your written criteria the utilization of snow guards and underlayment and be absolutely sure that the contractor you’re meeting with discusses these details with you.

For more information, check out how to select a metal roofing contractor …

Aluminum Metal Roofing Versus Asphalt Roofing

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

We consistently attempt to convey the many long-term advantages of aluminum metal roofing compared to the long-term disadvantages of asphalt roofing. However, many homeowners express intense concern as to whether or not these long-term returns actually amount to a worthy investment compared to multiple asphalt roofing installations throughout the duration of their time in the given home.  If  lifetime aluminum metal roofing is 2 ½ – 3 times the cost of asphalt roofing, and an asphalt roof lasts, on average, 16 years…would it not just be wise to get an asphalt roof replacement a couple times throughout your lifetime and save yourself the money? What many homeowners do not realize is that aluminum metal roofing is not some expensive product that is merely a status symbol for showing off – although the upfront cost is expensive, it is for everyone. If you can afford an asphalt roof, you should be able to afford a metal roof. Why?

We will exhibit and explain one simple fact, and, according to many misinformed asphalt roofing contractors, a difficult truth to embrace: aluminum metal roofing is ultimately cheaper than asphalt roofing! Isn’t that a contradiction to what was explained earlier in regards to cost? No – because there is a major dichotomy between upfront cost and long-term cost. The overall long-term cost of an aluminum metal roof is actually less expensive than asphalt roofing.

First, consider the fact that the improved home resale value will be an additional 1% – 6% with aluminum metal roofing compared to asphalt roofing.

Second, homeowners receive, on average, about an 85% return or more of the cost of their metal roof once they sell and as much as 95% here in the eastern states. Homeowners with metal roofs will save about 25% or more on heating and cooling costs; though, keep in mind that many homeowner insurance companies will provide policy discounts in certain areas of the country because these metal roofing options are so resistant, durable, environmentally friendly, and energy efficient.

To truly understand the savings associated with aluminum metal roofing compared to asphalt roofing, let’s consider two imaginary consumers: “Asphalt Al” and “Metal Mike,” both owning identical New England homes withstanding a market value of about $350,000 each.

“Asphalt Al” does not like to use his brain. He does not know how to handle money, and does not care about planning for a stable, secure, and worry-free future. Have you ever seen the movie “Tremors,” where Fred Ward says to Kevin Bacon: “Your problem is, you don’t plan ahead. … Look at me, it’s Monday, and I’m already thinking about Wednesday!” These two characters are a perfect description of Al’s modus operandi. His current asphalt roof is tumbling down and instead of preventing future problems from adding themselves to his already problematic life, he signs a $12,000 contract for another asphalt roofing installation. His reasoning is defined by the fact that asphalt roofing is less of a dent out of his bank account right now, because the upfront cost was about a third of the price of the proposed metal roofing estimates he received.

“Metal Mike” on the other hand, has a thoroughly planned investment portfolio and savings account, as well as a college and retirement fund. Mike understands he is not that wealthy of a man; however, he trusts that his meager savings can slowly prepare himself for a more secure future one step at a time. Unlike Al, Mike goes ahead and “bites the bullet” and buys a $30,000 aluminum metal roof.

If Mike were to put his home up on the market immediately after installation, his home would now be worth about $370,000 – while Al’s home is still worth $350,000, even with his brand new asphalt roof. Remember, Al spent $12,000 on his asphalt roof, so figure he gets a grand total of $340,000 return when he sells his house. Mike spent $30,000 on his roof; however, he will likely recoup the money put into the roof based on the real estate market for your area.

Understand also that if Al and Mike were to sell their homes immediately after the installation, Mike’s would likely sell first because his maintenance free metal roof will never have to be replaced again.

Even if you are worried that you might be putting your home on the market too soon, you still have absolutely nothing to lose when getting a metal roof – and you have everything to gain if you decide instead to stay in the house long-term. Consider, as well, that an aluminum metal roofing system is practically maintenance-free. Any problems associated with asphalt roofing (and its susceptibility to the elements of nature) can be totally avoided with an aluminum metal roofing system. You will generally never have to worry about your roofing again with an aluminum metal roof.

Now, most importantly, let’s consider the more common scenario, one where Mike and Al were to stay in their homes for the next 10 years or more.

Winter is coming to “Asphalt Al” and “Metal Mike.” The weather forecast predicted a snow shower resulting in 2 inches of accumulated snow. Those 2 inches of snow turn into 2 feet. Al steps outside his house when the storm is finally through and sees 2 feet of snow piled on his roof. New England is known for its erratic weather, and it looks like it is supposed to be warm and sunny tomorrow.

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No snow on this metal roof!

Because Al (knowing Al), never thinks ahead, he does not realize it is supposed to be below freezing temperatures a few days later. Classic Al. Because Al has insufficient attic ventilation, the snow on his roof melts, seeps underneath his asphalt shingles, and freezes. Looks like Al now has a case of the ice dams! New England gets hit with another blizzard with a couple more feet of snow. Al now has ice dams and 2 feet of snow piled on his roof. Al comes home from work that day only to find out that his brand new roof has failed. Water is running down the walls and on to the hardwood floors of his home. This cycle continues year after year until Al wises up and invests in a roof rake. Now Al has another job every time it snows: rake the roof. Al cannot leave his house in the winter and get away to a warmer climate either. His roof has held him hostage. “What if it snows while I’m gone? Ice dams could form, and I could come home to a big mess again.”

“Metal Mike,” in contrast, is sitting by his fireplace and sipping on a hot coffee. In his slippers, he steps outside to take a look at his beautiful new metal roof. Though his property is surrounded by walls of snow due to the erratic New England weather, his new metal roof is spotless. Come summer, Mike’s roof is keeping his house much cooler, averaging about 25% savings a month on energy costs. Mike understands that this roof not only is going to last him a lifetime, but in great accordance with that, the longer he has this roof, the more he is going to save – not only money, but time and aggravation. The longevity pays off.

Life is good – for metal Mike …

How Much Does a Metal Roof Cost, and Why? Take The Guesswork Out Of The Process By Involving a Professional.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Among many of the frequently asked questions we receive, the first and most prominent of them all is, of course, “How much does a metal roof cost?” This is the number one question our consultants receive from homeowners all over New England. This is also the number one question we usually cannot answer over the phone. To answer quite bluntly, giving an estimate over the phone for an aluminum metal roofing system is a metal roofing contractor’s nightmare – there are simply too many complex factors involved. Save yourself the trouble and speak with a reputable metal roofing contractor to set up an appointment for a free estimate – you will save yourself the trouble of trying to figure out the price on your own, become aware of the potential scope of your project, and become much more educated on the variety of different metal roofing products.

One Shortcut to Establish a “Ballpark” Range

First, keep in mind that a full contract for aluminum metal roofing will be about 2 ½ to 3 times the cost or more of an asphalt roofing contract. One way to find out if metal roofing cost is in your potential scope *without* meeting with an aluminum metal roofing contractor, is simply to contact a few local, competent asphalt roofing contractors for their quotes, and then just multiply by 2 ½ to 3. Understand that prices for asphalt roofing can vary greatly depending on the company – be sure you meet with a few licensed and insured contractors so you know that you are getting accurate pricing based on your local area’s roofing industry standards. Surprised that the Metal Roofing Blog is suggesting you to meet with an asphalt roofing contractor? You should be – as discussed earlier, an aluminum metal roofing installation is 2 ½ to 3 times the cost (or more, depending on the product) of asphalt roofing. Do the math – figure out if aluminum metal roofing is in your ballpark, then move forward by meeting with a metal roofing contractor to see what product will be the best fit for your criteria and your home. This is the simplest way to get a ballpark price for aluminum metal roofing without actually meeting with a metal roofing contractor, and it has the added advantage of allowing you to consider whether an asphalt roof might actually be an ideal alternative for you.  Finally, save yourself the trouble and meet with a reliable, reputable metal roofing contractor, who can guide you through the decision process and greatly reduce the effort required to research your options.

If you are still reading at this point, we are guessing you still do not want to meet with a metal roofing contractor. You think you want to find out on your own how much to expect to spend on metal roofing costs for your home … but remember, many contractors are more than willing to do this for you for free. Good luck. Oh well – what do we know?

Calculating a Metal Roof Cost Estimate Range for an Aluminum Metal Roofing System

Begin by picking up the following tools to aid you in this complicated process: paper, a tape measure, a calculator, and a pen or pencil. The first step is to figure out the total square footage of your roofing. To do so, use the tape measure to find the length of your roof surface from one side to the other. Find the width of your roof from the eave to the ridge, and multiply the length and width to find the area. If the roof is awkwardly shaped (anything other than a rectangle), find the area of smaller sections at a time and add them together. Repeat all of this until you have measured all of the roofing surfaces. Add them together. You now have the square footage of your roof.

Unfortunately, the square footage is not the only factor that determines the price point for a metal roofing system. Be mindful of all of the complexities of your roof, because, well, they are complex. The complexity of the roofing is a major factor affecting the price point. These complexities include (but are not limited to) multiple angles and pitch, valleys, and hips.

Penetrations through the roof are just as important, such as: pipes, vents, skylights, and chimneys. Understand that these penetrations require detailed flashing, and usually, the difficulty of the flashing is highly subjective due to the many different styles of homes.

Understanding what metal roofing product meets your criteria and your home affects the price due to many factors, but more importantly, the price point can be greatly affected depending on the condition of the asphalt and the amount of layers. Excluding standing seam aluminum metal roofing, a traditional metal shingle roofing system can be installed over one layer of asphalt – provided that the single layer of asphalt and the decking is in sound condition. So, what about standing seam? Standing seam lays flat on the surface and will cause irregularities in the panel over a layer of asphalt, so all of the previous material must be stripped.

You are probably asking yourself, “I just got the square footage. I have a couple skylights, now what?”

We are going to conclude with a sample estimate based on the standard 2014 New England metal roofing industry prices. This is going to be a ballpark range and is not, by any means, a concise estimate. Take it with grain of salt, and it should only be used as a reference point. That said, we will provide a simple sample metal roofing cost of an aluminum metal roofing system – broken down piece by piece. Compare your findings to the following figure to find out your ballpark price range for an aluminum metal roofing system.

The Simple Sample Aluminum Metal Roofing Ballpark Price Range

*(PLEASE note that these figures are as of April, 2014, for the New England metal roofing industry)

Consider the following – try to relate it to your home and your measurements …

Our sample is going to be a house with a full shed dormer off the back.
1.) Flashing the cheeks of the dormer will generally cost between $700 – $900.

2.) This house will require head wall and sidewall flashing, the cost being $500 – $700 to re-flash around metal roofing.

3.) This house has a footprint of 60’ x 40’ and has valleys and vinyl siding. Figure that the roofing surface sums up to 2075 sq. ft., which equates to 21 squares. For aluminum metal roofing, the average New England metal roofing industry cost would be about $1100 – $1400 per square (10’ x 10’ area), which makes the bulk of the metal roofing cost between $23000 – $29000.

4.) Remember that complexities will greatly influence the price. This sample roof has 2 bathroom vent pipes, which usually cost $100 – $200 per pipe. Figure this house has 2 skylights on the front of the roofing, measuring approximately as 16’ x 40’. In this case, it would cost between $200 – $300 for the flashing around each skylight. If, like in many cases, this house needs replacement skylights, you are looking at around $800 – $1200 per skylight – plus the cost of the skylight. This is to remove, replace, and re-flash.

5.) Continuing with this simple sample home, let us say this house has a center chimney measured to roughly 3’ x 3’. Chimneys in New England are usually flashed with copper and lead, so understand that they must be flashed with the same type of material as the roofing or it could be subject to electrolysis. Electrolysis takes place when one metal eats up the other, so if you are considering an aluminum metal roofing system, your chimney will probably need new flashing. The New England metal roofing industry cost for chimney flashing is usually between $500 – $1000+ depending on the size of the chimney and the condition it is currently in. Occasionally, the chimney will need to be re-pointed because dealing with a chimney in poor condition after a metal roofing system is already installed could create future problems.

6.) Rule of thumb: the lower the pitch of the roof, the lower the metal roof cost; the greater the pitch, the greater the metal roof cost. We will say that this roof has 1 layer of asphalt in good condition – as in, the shingles are lying flat and not crumbling. In this case, we will say the roof is about 15 years old. The roof deck, which is the wood under the shingles, is in considerably good shape. Because of this, this is a job that could have an aluminum shingle layover without stripping the asphalt. The chimney would have to be re-flashed because it is a different metal. Both skylights are in good condition so they also just need to be re-flashed. There is no ridge vent or gable edge vent on this house, so the venting needs to be corrected. Answering a common question among homeowners, “Can you vent a metal roof?” – The answer is yes. This is done by adding soffit vents and cutting in a ridge vent. The price range for this would be between $500 – $1000 depending on what needs to be done.

Break down:

  • Cheeks of the dormer flashing – $700 – $900
  • Head wall and side wall flashing – $500 – $700
  • 2075 sq. ft. = 21 squares – $23,000 – $29,000
  • (2) bathroom vent pipes – $100 – $200
  • Flashing around (2) skylights – $800 – $1200
  • Flashing around the chimney – $500 – $1000
  • Soffit Vents – $500 – $1000

Total estimated ballpark range price without ever visiting the property = $26,100 – $34,000

Note: Specialty Materials Can Lead To Significantly Higher Costs

An in-depth review of other metal roofing types besides aluminum is beyond the scope of this article. A copper or zinc roof both have additional advantages, however, they significantly add to the cost burden of a metal roof. That said, copper roofs and zinc roofs can be a wonderful enhancement to a home’s visual appearance and value.

Conclusion

Do not fall for the gimmicks that many metal roofing contractors use to get you to their websites. No website will ever tell you exactly how much a metal roofing system will cost for your home. Why? Because it is impossible, as you can see by the widely ranged ballpark estimate we have presented here. Gimmicky advertisements, such as metal roofing calculators, discounts, and the like – are almost always SCAMS. Lastly, we do not want you giving yourself a headache when trying to estimate the cost for a metal roof for your home. As outlined earlier, this is as ballpark range as it gets and there is so much involved when calculating the price for a metal roofing system, that the best approach is simply to have a professional come out and actually observe your situation with his own eyes. We mean it when we say it: save yourself the trouble and meet with a professional metal roofing contractor.

The Benefits Of Asphalt Roofing: The Cheapest Roofing Option For You And Your Home

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
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Wow! Look at this beautiful asphalt roof!

Like they always say, a penny saved is a penny earned. With all of this talk about the cheapest possible roofing replacement for your home, let’s explore the multitudes of benefits regarding our number one choice for short-term savings and instantaneous long-term damage: asphalt roofing. An asphalt roofing installation is about a third of the cost of an aluminum metal roofing installation, and it does significantly less than a third of the job as well.

Are you looking for a dangerous variety of excitement, adventure, riskiness, and instability? Look no further! Asphalt roofing won’t protect your home and will probably walk out on the job when you least expect it. Do you have commitment issues? No problem: as opposed to the dreadful 100 years that aluminum metal roofing will last you – an asphalt roof will last, on average, a nice short length of 16 years. Is that too long for you?  If you don’t want it to stick around anymore, don’t worry, it might not even last that long – it’s going to go away anyway! If hurricane conditions or even just strong winds come by for a friendly visit, your roof may be gone with the wind.  Is that not a beautiful thing? Your heavy and inflexible asphalt roofing shingles can be blown back into nature where everything belongs so it can hurt the environment even more. You can now contribute to landfills as well as let part of your asphalt roofing go free into nature.  Why do less damage when you can do more? Do you like problems? Do you have problems? Good! Get an asphalt roof, so, again, you can have more problems! Are you feeling a little heavy and difficult to maintain? Asphalt roofs are also very heavy and difficult to maintain – a perfect match for you! Who doesn’t like dangerous maintenance when they least expect it? Don’t you like living life on the edge…of your roof? Like the wise old saying, “You are what you roof.”

Are you vulnerable and unable to hold your ground?  Good, because an asphalt roof is just like you – it won’t protect you or your home. You cannot rely on it at all! Great!  Do you enjoy mysteries and tricks? If you get an asphalt roof with a given warranty of 50 years, have fun deciphering the warranty! Because asphalt roofing warranties are actually very mysterious and deceptive; there’s a difference between “lifespan” and “product defects” – tricky, tricky asphalt!  Want more variety?  Did we forget to tell you that asphalt roofing is highly susceptible to insect infestation, moss growth, and black streaks?

Praise the sun, because when it’s starting to roast your home in the summer, you better submit yourself. Do you lose your integrity in heavy heat and extensive sun exposure? Asphalt roofing does too! In fact, an asphalt roof can cook *really* well.  It can curl up at the edges when it becomes compromised by excessive sun and heat.  You don’t want your home to be cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter – embrace the moment, baby!  Let the sun’s rays pierce through your roof, roast your attic, and roast your shingles from underneath too!  Oh, did you say your home is in a shaded area? Did we tell you that asphalt roofing has only the most inadequate thermal protection in the industry and opens your roof to the possibility of actually rotting?

Isn’t this all just terrible? Good! Think you have a good pitch?  You probably don’t!  But, if your roof pitch is steep enough, the asphalt shingles can actually begin to sag down. Isn’t it great when splendid things in life begin to sag with age? Are you ugly, but instead of self-improvement, you decide to make yourself uglier? You can do the same thing to your home! You can install the ugliest material on the market and make your house look uglier than ever. When your asphalt roofing finally leaves you, you can repeat this again, again, and again!

Wait, you don’t like trash? You were thinking about getting asphalt roofing, so we figured you wanted material that goes into landfills protecting your home… What’s next, you care about the environment too? What?

 

April Fools!

 

-The Metal Roofing Blog

Spring Cleaning: “I’m In New England, When Is The Best Time To Get Metal Roofing?”

Friday, March 21st, 2014
New England Spring

Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA. Credit to: MOTT.
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The Northern Hemisphere is beginning to tilt towards the sun as we are approaching warmer weather. The snow is melting, and homeowners all over New England are simultaneously beginning to do work on their homes. A common question among homeowners is when the best time is to replace their roof with metal roofing. Though it is much easier for most homeowners to do their home improvement when the weather is warmer, most experienced metal roofing companies will have the endurance and expertise to work in most cool or warm conditions. Believe it or not, residential metal roofing is actually a four-season industry. Most contractors in this industry will have their crews working all 12 months out of the year, installing aluminum, zinc, or copper roofs year-round.

The spring and summer seasons are when this industry is approaching it’s “busy season”. Because of this, the backlogs of projects under most metal roofing contractors are going to be much longer than they are during the cooler seasons. Homeowners will have to wait quite a bit longer to get their new roof put on than they generally would during the cooler, slower seasons.

“So, when is the best time to install metal roofing?”

A quick answer to that question is, truly, “Whenever you can.”

There are, however, positive and negative aspects for each season regarding when a metal roof should be typically installed on a home. Summer may seem to be an appropriate time to have a roof installed, but believe it or not, it can be considered among the worst. Why? The sun is out, it is warm, the conditions are fair – there is no better time to put a new roof on the house! This is absolutely wrong. Can you imagine being on a roof for 10 hours at a time in near 100 degree weather?

Just how it can be too cold for metal roofers to work in the winter, it can also be too hot. The relaxing summer days are when the family is leisurely lounging around their house and yard; especially when the children are playing in the yard with their beloved pets. Though most reliable contractors will have their crews do a simultaneous job clean-up while installing the roof, there is a much higher risk of landscaping around your home to potentially suffer minor damages. Before the warmer part of the spring season – before you begin doing your yearly yard clean up – is the ideal time frame for metal roofing to be put on the home. That way you will not be seeing any potential mess from the installation crew after you have cleaned up your yard. This reason is why later fall is an excellent time for installation as well.

The other side of the spectrum, the winter, is also not the best time for an installation. However, keep in mind that you will be beating the “spring and summer rush” that most New England metal roofing contractors face if you decide to get your new roof during this season. Installing a metal roof in the winter can be a struggle and usually takes a lot of patience. There are a lot of variables that can slow down an installation during the winter, such as conditions being too cold for the installation crew, heavy ice, wind, and snow. These variables can be restrictive to the installation process; so in some cases, homeowners may have to wait a bit longer than they initially expected. That being said, planning a new roof for a winter installation will put the homeowner before the warmer season rush, so your roof will be all set for the warmer season and will not prevent or restrict any other additional home improvement endeavors.

“When should I get metal roofing, then?”

As outlined earlier, as soon as you can. Because installing metal roofing is a long term investment for you and your home; the sooner, the better. You must also keep in mind that if additions are being planned for the home that will tie into the roof line, save yourself the trouble and get the addition at the same time as your new metal roof.

Keep in mind that winter is generally considered to have the harshest weather conditions out of all of the seasons in New England, and one of the primary reasons to get a metal roof is to protect your home. Throughout the New England winters, ice damming can be a problem on most homes with conventional asphalt roofs. Homeowners say to themselves that they can wait because they are going to replace their roof anyway. This is a common fallacy. Ice damming not only does damage to the roof, it can actually do damage to the home as well. The reason is that when there is poor ventilation in the attic, the warm air will melt the snow on the roof; that in which can leak under the shingles and into the house. This can cause internal damage, mold growth, rotting, and unhealthy air that you are potentially inhaling every day and night. Read more on how dangerous ice dams can potentially be…

In conclusion, there is no better time to get a metal roof than now. Regardless of when this is being read, the answer is still now. There are advantages and disadvantages to doing an installation during each season, and these factors are always going to be subjective to each homeowner. Do what applies best to you and your home. Initiate the process and speak with a metal roofing contractor today to get your free estimate and ventilation analysis.