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

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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

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.

New Look for Classic Metal Roofs Website.

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

The Classic Metal Roofs website has a new look for the new year, including a new logo. We invite you to come and look around.

The Classic Metal Roofs management


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.