Used on homes as diverse as Whistler to your neighbourhood three-bedroom rancher, metal roofs provide energy savings, beauty, and protection for your home that can last a lifetime. Residential metal roofs are available in a wide variety of design to complement any style home. Offered in a rainbow of colors, your metal roof can be a traditional vertical seam profile, or be manufactured to resemble wood shake, slate, shingles or clay tiles.
All metal roofs are made from 30-60% recycled material.
While your neighbours may re-roof their home many times, a high-quality metal roof will likely be the last roof you'll ever need. Resistant to cracking, shrinking and eroding, metal roofing systems can also withstand extreme weather conditions including heavy snow loads, hail storms and wildfires. With all these benefits, why would you choose any other type of roof?
While the initial cost for a premium metal roof is higher than most other roofing materials, you'll save money in the long run. A metal roof can last a lifetime, whereas materials like asphalt require reproofing every 10 to 20 years. A metal roof can also increase the resale value of your home.
The average life of a non-metal roof is 17 years. Asphalt can require re-roofing every 10 to 20 years, often sooner. But a metal roofing system offers unmatched durability, lasting 2 to 3 times longer. Chances are good that a metal roof will be the last roof you ever install on your home.
No matter what kind of roofing style, color or finish you have now, there's a metal roofing style to match. Today's metal roofing looks just like common roofing material such as asphalt shingle, clay tile, cedar shake or slate. However, metal lasts at least 2 to 3 times longer.
Metal roofs typically have a minimum of 25% recycled content. This level of recycled content allows metal roofing to be routinely included on listing for "green" and recycled content products. It is also 100% recyclable when ultimately removed as part of building renovation or demolition. Other roofing materials are routinely removed and disposed of by the ton in a landfill, but metal roofing can be recycled by its entirety. Metals are exceptional building materials that can credibly claim both recycled content and recyclability by recognized definitions.
Most metal roofing comes with a true 30 to 50 year manufacturer warranty, plus a workmanship warranty from the installer.
Advantages of a Metal Roof
- Light Weight
- Durability. The average life-span of asphalt shingles today (since 2001) is 20 years, while residential and commercial grade metal roofing usually lasts from 50-100+ years, depending on the type.
- Fire and spark resistant.
- Hail resistant.
- Wind resistant.
- Snow shedding.
- Metal is readily recyclable. Aluminum and copper roofing products are available with over 95% recycled content. Most metals can be recycled over and over without losing any valuable properties.
- Design flexibility: Some Steel roofing products can be installed over open framing, or on a solid substrate.
- Energy efficiency. Coatings with high reflectivity like Kynar with "cool roof" pigments commonly save 20-30% on air-conditioning costs due to reflecting away much of the sun's heat.
- Most metal roofing products require very little or no maintenance.
A common misconception is that a metal roof will be noisier than other types of roofing. When installed with solid sheathing, a metal roof on your home will actually silence noise from rain, hail and bad weather, many times much better than other roofing materials.
Today's metal roofing systems are built to last. Steel metal roofing has a "metallic coating" made of either zinc or a combination of zinc and aluminum. This metallic coating prevents rust from forming and is bonded to the steel at the factory. Paint is then applied over the metallic coating to provide the long-lasting color homeowners desire.
Many people think you can't (or shouldn't) walk on a metal roof, but the truth is that you can safely walk any metal roof without damaging it. Before you walk your roof, however, we recommend you talk to your installed or roof manufacturer first. They will have the details on how to walk the particular roof you have, based on the style you chose and your roof pitch.
Getting an Estimate
The two most important factors in calculating cost are the style of roofing and the shape and pitch of your home's roof. One of our knowledgable staff can come to your home, inspect your current roof and then give you a detailed written quotation.