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Metal Roofing Reviews: How to Avoid the Long-Standing Seamy Underside of the Metal Roofing Industry.

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

When the time comes to select a metal roofing contractor, doing in-depth research on multiple contractors prior to meeting with any of them is a step in the selection process that should never be skipped. Provided that you conduct extensive research, it is essential that the quality of such is not skimped on.

Like many industries, slimy metal roofing sales representatives resort to subterfuge by publishing dishonest advertisements, misleading buzzwords, and “metal roofing calculators.” Based on our years of experience in this industry, this problem has grown to the extent in which it has become difficult for homeowners to differentiate true from false. This is hit dead on at every angle – the installation, the “sales presentation,” the websites, the literature, the consultants, the material, the coupons, the “sign our contract now” discounts, and so on.

Let’s make this clear: An aluminum, zinc, or copper metal roofing system is the absolute best roofing product that can be installed onto a home. The long-term roofing and environmental benefits have been documented time and time again. This is not the goal of our message here. The goal of our message is that many metal roofing companies do not contain the true knowledge, expertise, or experience to install this product correctly. We cannot stress this enough: The ability to install a metal roofing system correctly takes years of training and experience – it is not easy. Correct preparation prior to the installation is not easy, and determining the correct product suitable for the homeowners direct and concrete needs, again, is not easy. None of the steps in this process should be easy for the contractor – it never should be. The only individual the process should be easy for is the homeowner; however, the lack of truth in this industry can make it very difficult for this to happen.

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How can we say this in simpler terms? Discover if the given roofing contractor specializes in metal roofing, knows exactly what he is doing, and can prove it to you before you buy anything.

How can you do that, though? Why do we say this? It cannot be that much of a problem can it? The up-front investment for a metal roofing is not small, and  we want you to get your money’s worth. We also don’t want you to only be happy now, we want you to be happy years down the road as well.

We are going to talk about how difficult finding the truth can be. Everything conveyed from a given representative or published on a certain website can be so wrong that false content will be supported by further false sources down an endless rabbit hole of lies. What content can be trusted?  Why should you trust us?

Let’s talk about metal roofing reviews, testimonials, and metal roof company references; and find out which of these are actually important, and which of these verify whether or not a contractor is reputable.

Metal Roofing Reviews: When Were They Written?

Reviews and testimonials should always be taken with a grain of salt. Everybody is very different (as you probably know), and a review is a block of text full of opinion; so a lot of personal and emotional bias is going to be involved in a written review. We love reading metal roofing reviews and testimonials, but unfortunately, these are often more useful for the contractor than the homeowner.

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Metal roofing reviews function as an evaluation of the installation so the contractor understands what they can improve upon for their future installations. What are they reviewing? They are wording out pieces of concrete bias towards a contractor, and will generally favor them once the installation is finished as long as (based on our experience): there was a rapid installation, the crew was not interruptive, they kept the property clean, were polite, and the new metal roof looked pretty.

Metal Roofing Testimonials: What Was the Motivation of the Writer?

A testimonial is very similar to a review, but there is a catch. Have you ever wondered how metal roofing contractors get their testimonials? In many situations, we have seen contractors offer homeowners a price reduction if they write a testimonial following a strict guideline. The guideline will basically insure that every homeowner is regurgitating the same exact scripted content with just different wording. Again, these usually do not prove whether or not the roof lasted over time. Although this is not always this case, this is still something you must watch out for.

Please note that improperly installed metal roofing systems can still look beautiful after installation. This is when many metal roofing reviews and testimonials are written. It only makes sense, right? A book review is usually written shortly after the book is read, not years later. Though this is a benefit, nobody purchases a metal roof for the sole reason of improved aesthetics for their home. The most important factor behind a properly installed metal roofing system is that it is installed by a reputable metal roofing installation team (no sub-contractors) with proof of no failures years down the road. Where do you find this proof? Are you figuring this out when reading metal roofing reviews and testimonials? In some cases, yes; but, in most cases, absolutely not. In many cases, the only aspect a review will prove is that the homeowner paid for the metal roof and the metal roof is now on the home.

What can you do?

Become as informed as possible. The front-end cost for a metal roofing system is not going to be cheap. If you are serious about getting a metal roof, which you must be in order to make that initial investment, the intelligent homeowner will learn as much as they possibly can about metal roofing as well as the installation. The only way to find out if you can trust a contractor to install a metal roof is if the contractor is able to answer every single one of your questions without hesitation, discuss with you the installation process in accordance to your research and questions, and can genuinely prove to you the given company’s experience.

But this still is not enough. The contractor’s claims must be proven.

Ask for Customer References

When a metal roofing contractor is meeting with you, consider it an interview. You, the homeowner, are the employer. “Joe” is there to prove to you why you should hire him, why his crew should put on his metal roof, and why you should be picking him over Jane. Utilizing your notes and research, everything you heard from Joe sounds just like what you were looking for. Joe presents to you with a quote and offers you a coupon if you “sign today.” You are ready to bite the bullet (and save some money too!) so you sign a contract.

You really, really messed up.

What is needed to validate the authenticity of a résumé? Let’s shift this scenario. You are the employer, and “Joe” is the kid you are considering to hire to work for your business. Who will be contacted before you hire “Joe”? It better be some names with contact information from a list of references that “Joe” left on your desk subsequent to the interview. What if “Joe” were a potential renter thinking of renting a room in your house? In such a case, you had definitely do background checks and ask for references.

Joe should have left you with a list of references, because you should not hire any metal roofing contractor without speaking with some names from the list of references.

Absolutely *nothing* speaks more than experience. A contractor that can provide an extensive list of references whom you can personally contact can prove to you whether or not this contractor’s roofing system passed the ultimate test. This ultimate test, this deciding factor regarding whether or not this system actually does the job, is time.

You can now move past all of the lies polluting this marketplace, because the only truth that can pierce through this veil of lies is experience over time. A reference is an individual who is willing to personally share with you their experience with the contractor, their number of years of having the roof, and their current life with a metal roof.

Get More than One Opinion!

Metal roofing references are not those mediocre experiences reworded to sound awesome that you find on your best friend’s Facebook page. References are not reviews written with no indication of the time frame between the date of the installation and the date of the review. What you need to do is have multiple conversations with homeowners who have metal roofs – metal roofs that were installed by the contractors you are interested in – and can personally share with you their experience with a metal roof throughout the years. If a metal roofing contractor “Joe” cannot provide a list containing at least a dozen references, why should you trust a single word he has to say?

Solar Panels and Metal Roofing: The “Green Dream Team”

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Introduction

Imagine this … a solar panel system mounted onto an environmentally friendly, lifetime aluminum metal roofing system. For starters, just saying that already sounds like a cool bragging right; and yes, this is totally possible – solar panels interface very nicely, effectively, and efficiently with lifetime aluminum metal roofing. With that in mind, let’s delve into the topic of why solar panels and an aluminum metal roof are a dream team, how to initially approach this type of system, and what to avoid.

Classic Metal Roofs, LLC has worked with solar companies all over Southern New England in attempt to fulfill the needs of homeowners looking for options to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Check out some of our past aluminum metal roofing system installations with integrated solar systems …

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Why Solar?

A solar panel is a set of photovoltaic modules electrically connected, and in most cases, mounted onto a structure. In this case, a structure that they interface very nicely with is an aluminum metal roof. Solar systems generate electricity, practically pay for themselves, significantly lower the cost of energy, provide clean energy, and nearly instantly produce free energy. Solar panels harness the suns energy, providing a non-polluting energy alternative to coal and oil. They typically have a lifespan of over 30 years and are designed to outlast other nonrenewable energy sources. Ultimately, solar panels interfacing with an aluminum metal roofing system provides for an incredibly environmentally friendly system for you and your home.

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Don’t Install Solar On Asphalt – Do Use Aluminum, Zinc, or Copper

Before you even begin to ask yourself – do not even consider having solar panels installed onto your asphalt roof, if you have one. The warranty for your roofing system must absolutely outlast the solar panels. Unlikely with an asphalt roof. Therefore, you will be wasting your time and money putting a 25-35+ year (most solar manufacturers have a warranty of 25 years) solar system on lackluster asphalt roofing material. Something to take note of is that contractors who claim to install a 30-year asphalt roof are very tricky with their wording (asphalt roofs last, on average, 16-years), regardless of the contractor’s “promises” or warranty.

There is already a high possibility for roofing failure with asphalt, integrating solar with asphalt will only make it fail sooner due both to increased load and roofing penetrations. The roofing penetrations required for the installation of a solar panel mounting system increase the likelihood of leaks later on down the road – ultimately shortening the already short lifespan of the asphalt roof. That being said, solar panels and asphalt roofing are, conclusively, a recipe for overall roofing disaster. Do you want to deal with paying for the removal and re-installation of the solar panels when (not if) your asphalt roof fails? Not to mention that during re-roofing, the process for the re-integration of the solar panels with an asphalt roof must be coordinated in order for the panels to be re-installed simultaneously by the roofers and solar company. Something else to keep in mind is that roofers are paid to put on roofs, not solar panels; thus, the roofer will usually be removing the solar panels, creating a high possibility for the roofer to make errors dismantling the panels, negligently causing serious damage to them.

The roofing material that will interface best with solar panels is going to be a material that, at the very least, outlasts the 30 year lifespan of the solar panel system. This is why we recommend aluminum with solar: aluminum outlasts the solar panel systems by a lifetime. Solar panels can be installed on standing seam metal roofing with attachments that do not penetrate the roof or add ballast, lowering the cost and labor of the system. Therefore, if you want solar panels on your roof, you are best off with a metal roof initially. Since the service life of an aluminum metal roof will outlast the life of the solar panels, you will be able to install new solar panels after many years of the roof. However, do keep in mind that the roof’s warranty usually does not cover damage to solar components; as in most cases, the solar company will differ from the roofing contractor.

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STOP! What You Really Need To Know

If you have done research on the web regarding solar panels and metal roofing, we advise you to be very cautious. Classic Metal Roofs, LLC has years of experience in the field, and many homeowners have intimated to us upon meeting that they are planning on getting solar panels subsequent to the installation of the metal roof. Understand this: If you want solar on your metal roof, the metal roofing contractor absolutely must know this.

Marketing can be very evil and sometimes marketing goes as far as promoting blatant lies. Based entirely on our years of industry experience of installations all over New England, if solar panels are envisioned, a metal roof must be installed with solar in mind. We cannot stress this enough! Do not think that just because you have a standing seam metal roof, you can freely have solar panels attached. Well, you can … but, the results could and most cases will be disastrous, especially in a scenario involving wind uplift. Again, standing seam DOES NOT mean you can “seamlessly” just go ahead and attach a solar system. When the metal roof is being installed, the roofing must have the proper fastening so it can be substantially reinforced with solar in mind.

Basically, do not consider solar unless the metal roof installation has been beefed up to withstand solar. In most, if not all cases – if you already have a metal roof and did not have solar taken into account during installation, your roof may not be able to withstand solar panels successfully.

Field Experience in Context: We have seen standing seam metal roofing systems with a 20 foot long solar panel being only being held with 4 clips and 4 screws – some with only 3 of each. The not-so-funny thing about this is that it should have 20 clips with 40 screws. This fault is not uncommon. Become aware of the possibility that many people installing these metal roofs, especially if they know that solar is in mind, do not know what they are doing. Do your research, do it once, do it right …

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Don’t Use Thin-Film Solar

The notorious “thin-film” solar approach is slowly slipping out of the industry and should not be considered a desirable solar solution for a standing seam metal roof no matter what the solar companies attempt to advertise. First and foremost, they produce roughly half the amount of energy as crystalline does. Though, as advertised, these thin-film panels are very flexible and can be applied to curved metal panels, making them a “good idea” for structures that cannot handle additional weight, a good idea does not necessarily result in a good system.

As discussed earlier, if solar is in mind, the roofing system must be purposely installed in a fashion capable of handling the additional weight.

Even if that were not the case, we would still suggest avoiding the thin-film all together. These solar solutions are advertised with the buzz word “simplicity” repeatedly – and they are exactly right. They really are too simple to work well with the complexities of a metal roofing system. Thin-film is attached as an adhesive with a “peel-and-stick” method, an advertised healthy alternative to the weight and penetration from the traditional crystalline systems. Are they efficient? Not really. It is generally made to fit particularly standing seam, which will not require any penetrations, regardless of the system. The defining problem for thin-film is that its surface is inconsistent with the natural expansion and contraction of an interlocking standing seam metal roofing system – which will gradually create many, many problems. Ultimately, we recommend that thin-film systems be avoided entirely.

Do Use Crystalline

The glass paneled “crystalline” silicon modules have many benefits associated to its integration with a metal roofing system. These modules will generally boost energy productivity because the mounting hardware will allow for the panels to cover more of the roof’s surface. They are very mobile, so if the roof, for some reason, needs to come off, they can be removed and re-installed when done correctly. Utilizing crystalline correctly, twice the amount of electricity will be generated compared to thin-film; and, compared to thin-film, roof penetrations are only required if interfacing with the traditional metal shingle, not standing seam.

The crystalline solar panel’s mounts can be attached to the seams on a standing seam metal roof with no penetrations required whatsoever. However, roofing penetrations are not necessarily negative for the metal shingle because the posts of the solar system will usually be attached to the rafters, making them very secure.

There are two primary options for installing solar on a metal shingle: the first is to do the attachment on the posts before the roof goes on, then flashing the metal shingles around the posts, while the second way is to install plates and posts after the installation of the metal shingle roofing system. In both cases, the posts that hold the solar systems are safely and securely attached to the rafters of the house. Again, the only way to avoid roofing penetrations is with standing seam by attaching the solar panel brackets to the raised seams of the metal roof. Remember, the roof must have been installed with the extra clips in order to withstand the solar panels regardless of the metal roofing product.

Conclusion

Overall, when speaking with a metal roofing contractor, decide whether or not you want to get solar panels prior to the installation so proper coordination can be made in effort to avoid roofing failure. We cannot stress this enough.

Interested in a solar system but do not know where to go? We highly recommend you visit these websites for more information on solar:

http://sunbugsolar.com/

http://newenglandcleanenergy.com/

Interested in an aluminum metal roofing and crystalline solar system dream team for your home in the near future but concerned about the cost? Read more on how much a metal roofing system costs …

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 …

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
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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.