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Metal Roofing Contractors: How to Select One

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Evaluating metal roofing contractors and selecting one should involve extensive comparative research between the top contractors in the industry in your location. The many factors involved in comparing metal roofing contractors include, but are not limited to: cost, experience, reputation, and flexibility.

Red Flags to Avoid

Because a metal roof is such a large investment for you and your home, simply signing a contract with the first contractor you meet with is the worst possible route. Beware of sales representatives who urge you to sign one during the meeting. Being pressured to sign a contract during your first meeting is not a reasonable way to be treated. These representatives care about you signing a contract, not you. If you fall into this trap, keep in mind that you will generally have three days to cancel it. After meeting with a few contractors, do not base your decision on the lowest price – that is often a major mistake. Many homeowners have found that paying just a small amount more is definitely worth the investment for a metal roof.

Metal roofing contractors with the most qualifications, highest level of experience, and largest number of glowing references are much more likely to give you a much better product worth your money. You will ultimately not spend much more long-term, and will very likely save money – by preventing any problems that come with choosing a less experienced or reputable contractor. As in most walks of life, “You get what you pay for.”


Other factors such as the shape and pitch of your roof, will have a significant impact on the price for a metal roof, as well as the style you decide to go with. A standing seam roof could quite possibly be a bit more than the various profiles of metal shingles; but keep in mind, there will usually not be much of a discrepancy in price from the metal shingles. That said, the contractor who is willing to do the work should have many options that meet your criteria.


Doing business with a contractor who specializes in metal roofing in particular is vital. Do the background research. Be sure any metal roofing contractors you consider have all of the licensing and proper certifications for the type of material they are installing. Verify the legitimacy of the business; don’t be afraid to ask for their tax identification, verification of their worker’s compensation, and liability coverage. Confirm that their insurance covers the entirety of the workers on your property. The importance in such situation is that, in case any of the workers get injured on your property, you want to be sure that you are protected from any potential lawsuits. Be sure to understand the logistics, the number of workers, and the time frame and length of time that workers will be on the property.

Lastly, be sure the company has a viable warranty so there is an understanding of any actions you as the homeowner could perform that could potentially void the warranty.


How reliable is this contractor? Be sure to understand their reputation. Check out their listings on: BBB (Better Business Bureau), Angie’s List, GuildQuality, and Yelp – these are all fairly common websites for metal roofing contractors. Be wary if the contractor has no presence on any of these platforms. Read through these reviews and ensure that this company is legitimate and truly specializes in this field. Double check on their office locations, coverage, and phone numbers. Verify that the company has a list of referrals, references, and drive-bys. An experienced metal roofing contractor in this industry should have a list of at least two dozen references that you can personally call for a referral. Utilize the “drive-by list” provided by the contractor and check out previous installations they have done of the products you are most interested in.


Putting a metal roof on a home can be a great way to prevent problems, increase energy efficiency, and increase the resale value of the home. Always be sure to select a metal roofing contractor with a great reputation that has demonstrated that they do a solid job, and who is willing to stand behind their work.

Hartford Civic Center Not The Only Roof Damaged by Snow in 1978

Friday, March 7th, 2014
Hartford Civic Center Roof Collapse, 1978

Hartford Civic Center Roof Collapse Scene, 1978

Snow Roof Damage a Common Occurrence, But Often Preventable

The winter season in New England is notorious for its dreadful snow storms. Looking back, on January 18, 1978, when a prominent 10-day long storm hit Hartford, Connecticut, the Civic Center roof tumbled down to pieces due to the excessive weight of accumulated ice and snow. This disastrous collapse happened only about six hours after U Conn and U Mass had competed against each other within the arena. It is truly a miracle that this happened overnight when no one was inside the center. During this 10-day storm, the roof of the Hartford Civic Center was not the only roof damaged in New England. Buildings in the surrounding areas also experienced damage, to varying degrees, as buildings do every winter – from the accumulated effects of heavy snow loads, ice dams as a result of melting and refreezing, and so on.

People have the notion that snow and ice damage on their roof and home is inevitable. This misconception is widespread. Snow roof damage is actually completely preventable. However, it is such a common occurrence that homeowners do not take the correct measures to protect themselves, their family, and their home. Ever see icicles dangling around the edge of your roof? As pleasant to the eyes as they may be, this is a major warning that you may in fact have an ice dam on the roof, preventing the roof to properly drain water.

Ice dams are not an issue to be taken lightly. Why do they happen? If there is poor ventilation, the warmer air in the attic will melt the snow on the roof. This is bad because melting snow will cause the liquid to get underneath the roofing shingles and under lower areas before it becomes frozen again by the cold weather. This water has the potential to get underneath the roofing shingles and leak into the house, which would damage the ceilings, walls, etc. Not only is all of this water leaking into the house, it also brings the possibility of mold growth, rotting and damaging the roof deck and making the air inside the home unhealthy.

How is this prevented? There are immediate short term and long term adjustments that can be made to the roof to prevent this issue. The most immediate and dangerous step is to carefully step up on the roof and use a roof rake, which can be purchased at most home improvement retailers, to push the built up snow off the roof immediately after the storm. The amount of built up snow that a roof can handle is going to differ based on the type of roof and condition; however, the general rule is that there should be no more of a foot of heavy snow on the roof before it is removed. Once the snow is removed, find the location of any ice dams. Once located, chip at the ice carefully and try not to do any damage to the roof. Let it create a stream in a direction where it will flow off the roof easily. Finish by clearing any ice out of the gutter. Spread calcium chloride to aid the ice in melting; however, do not ever use rock salt, as this will damage the roof. Though this is completely doable for most people, getting up on the roof after a storm is very dangerous. Consider hiring an experienced roofing contractor to do this for you.

The most efficient long term method of prevention would be replacing your problematic roof with a metal roof. Besides all of the other great benefits of metal roofing, the metal roof has a smooth surface and a radiant reflecting property that gives it many heat handling characteristics to battle ice damming. A lot of metal roofs have an interlocking system, which also makes it much more difficult for water to get in. When replacing the roof, be sure an ice and water shield-type membrane is being installed. This shield will not protect the roof, but it will protect the house from water leaking in. Proper ventilation and insulation is also vital. The attic should be the same temperature as outside so the warmer air in the attic will not be melting the snow on the roof, as explained earlier. Speak with a metal roofing contractor today and determine which metal roofing product meets your criteria.

Standing Seam Metal Roofing Versus Metal Shingles: Which Should You Choose?

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

When initiating the process to begin planning for a standing seam metal roofing system, or one based on metal roofing shingles, it is important to choose a product that it is suitable for your basic needs. What meets your criteria? What type of roofing meets the needs of your home? Are you staying in your home long term, or are you thinking about the resale value of your home? With these questions in mind and an understanding of the longevity of this investment, you must choose the appropriate metal roofing product.

The two primary products available for a residential metal roof would be the traditional standing seam metal roofing and the multiple styles available for the metal shingles. Metal roofing can be manufactured and formed into many different profiles; from the antiquity of a “wood shake” style to the traditional architectural shingles resembling slate. Standing seam metal roofing can be manufactured in a variety of widths, lengths, and profiles. Though the number of different styles can vary based on what looks compatible for your home, they are all very attractive, come in a wide variety of colors, they are environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and carefully manufactured with great precision.

standing seam metal roofing

Standing Seam Metal Roofing

With these notions in mind, it is generally recommended to pick a roofing system that is appropriate for your home with your now newly formed criteria. A common misconception a lot of homeowners have is that they think they are interested in a standing seam metal roof without knowledge of other types of metal shingles. This is mostly due to the fact, based on experience, that standing seam is one of the most popular styles for a metal roof. However, these homeowners soon find out that metal roofing shingles- not standing seam metal roofing, is actually what they want and is most suitable to their needs.

If the homeowner has a more traditional house, with the roof cut up and going in multiple different angles with a variety of valleys and hips, a horizontal installation product might be a much better choice than vertical paneled standing seam metal roofing. This is, however, subjective, as metal shingle roofing also blends well with most architectural styles and shares compatibility with a large variety of neighborhoods. The horizontal shingles can provide anything from the rugged look of a wood split shake system of roofing that will never split, rot, or mold, to the timeless beauty that slate can provide in a variety of colors for any type of home.

metal shingle

Metal Shingle Roofing

Standing seam metal roofing is viable for homeowners who desire a premium yet traditional, clean, and contemporary looking metal roofing system. It is best for property owners who want the eminence of standing seam metal roofing, but only want top-grade roofing with high quality manufactured vertical panels. Standing seam metal roofing can be manufactured in any length and a variety of widths. Unlike the exposed fastener agricultural metal panels, they have a hidden fastener system.  These panels have an independent clip system that allows for the metal’s natural contraction and expansion during thermic changes. These panels work very well as traditional roofs that have a lot of open area and a lack of varied angles. This, however, is still a very subjective, as each and every individual home is going to need to meet different criteria based on the homeowner’s objectives and tastes.

It is important to consult with a metal roofing contractor before making any rash decisions. That said, it is also key to do your research on the product you are buying to make sure even the contractor you are speaking with is a specialist in metal roofing. Regardless of which product you choose, you will be making a wise decision versus the option of a conventional asphalt roof. Both types of metal products will shed ice and snow very efficiently, will be invulnerable to water infiltration, and will be unaffected and resistant to water. Arrange for a metal roofing specialist to meet with you at your home to evaluate your roof and determine which product meets your needs and fits into your criteria.

Metal Roofing Is a Greener Alternative to Asphalt Shingles

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Don Hickman’s slogan for his company, Hickman Metal Roofing in Gainesville, Florida, is, “This ain’t your granddad’s tin roof!”

Metal roofs have evolved significantly from the days when they were most commonly used on barns. Today’s metal roofs come in a variety of styles and colors and can even look like slate and asphalt shingles. Even better from an Earth-friendly and economic perspective, metal roofs offer several energy efficient and environmental benefits over traditional asphalt shingles.

“One of the things I get asked almost universally is, ‘Is it noisy when it rains?'” Hickman said. “That’s where we came up with the slogan. I think what they’re thinking of is how noisy (tin barn roofs) are when it rains, but those roofs were open rafters. You could see the underside of the metal roof and certainly it was noisy, but that’s not the case in modern construction. That’s one of the objections I have to overcome is the perception that it’s noisy.”

Metal roofs reflect the sun, reducing the amount of heat penetrating the home. A reflective metal roof can reduce cooling demand by 10 to 15 percent and can save up to 25 percent in energy costs compared to a dark gray asphalt shingled roof. Plus, some are made from recycled materials and all can be 100 percent recycled at the end of their useful life.

Crowds at Home Show Attracted by Energy-Conserving Ideas

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The economy may be on the upswing, but it was clear at Saturday’s North Central Florida Home Show in Gainesville that whatever additional cash people may have in their pockets, they don’t want to spend it on heating and cooling their homes.

Vendors selling energy-saving materials from reflective insulation to solar panels were popular stops at the show …

“Energy saving is No. 1. Our house is 2,600 square feet with two different A/C units. We want to reduce the electric bills, which are $600 a month in the summer,” said Gainesville’s Mark Menjivar. “I’ve always been hip to new things that come out. I’ve done the math — if I get a loan for solar panels, I’m replacing the high cost of energy with what I’ll be spending on the loan, but after two or three years paying off that loan, I’m paying zero for energy.”