Thinking about replacing your tired, leaky, wooden roofing with metal roofing? More and more property owners are turning to steel roofing as an alternative to wood, asphalt and tile. Energy efficiency, fire resistance and longevity have all been cited as reasons to change to steel roofing. Changes on the outside of your home will also result in changes on the inside.
Steel Roofing On The Outside, Better Conditions On The Inside
Metal roofing is a great fit for property owners not only in Toronto, Mississauga and Ottawa but also from across the country. While there are many aesthetic, budgetary and practical reasons to change, an often overlooked advantage of steel roofing is how it can directly and indirectly affect the conditions inside your home in a positive way.
- Maintenance: Metal roofing is much lower maintenance. As a result, you won’t have people inside your home constantly repairing and replacing things or outside banging away on shingles while you’re trying to put your kids down for a nap. Metal roofs can last 40-70 years, that’s a long time without ever having to have a roofing contractor inside your house!
- Temperature: On long, hot summer days, people with a wood, tile or asphalt roof notice as their house heats up throughout the day and their electric bill ticks up from the air conditioning. Metal roofing reflects the sun and reduces midday heat gain. This keeps your home at a more consistent temperature as well as reduces your electricity bills. As the mercury begins to drop during winter months, with proper insulation, your home will stay warm and toasty with steel roofing.
- Protection: Since metal roofing naturally repels snow, ice and water better than other materials, you won’t be left with a leaky roof and all the problems associated with it. When a roof leaks, you’re not only faced with replacing that, but you also have to deal with all the collateral damage inside your home. On the other end of the spectrum, if you live in an area prone to wildfires, metal roofing can give you better protection against the blaze because it has the highest fire safety rating. Live in the hurricane belt? Most metal roofs can withstand up to 150kph of wind. However unlikely, a metal roof that is properly grounded can also prevent your home from going up in flames if it is hit by lightning. Metal roofing can protect the inside of your home from the natural elements much better than the alternatives.
Without proper armor, you can’t expect to defend the inside your home from the onslaught of natural elements. Whether it’s heat, cold, rain, snow, fire or lightning, steel roofing will give you much better peace of mind that the inside of your home is safe from whatever nature throws at it.
So you’ve done your research and decided to update your home with metal roofing. Great! Now, it’s time to choose the perfect contractor for the job. Your new roof is a big investment and since you’ve chosen metal, it’s likely to last you a very long time. Metal roofing installation is highly specialized so it’s even more important to choose your contractor carefully.
How to Find Your Perfect Roofing Contractor
With metal roofing becoming more and more popular, there are plenty of contractors in the Mississauga area to choose from. The key is to find the one who can do your project best. Finding the right roofing contractor doesn’t have to be a headache if you can check these 7 traits off your list.
- Experience: Choose a contractor that has at least 3 years of metal roofing installation experience. The tools and materials used for metal roofing are not like those used for more traditional roofs. Therefore, you should be careful to only hire someone who has experience with this type of installation.
- Client References: If you have had friends or family go through the process, ask for references. If not, ask neighbours or look online at websites that review home improvement companies. Or simply ask the roofing contractor for references. If they’re unwilling to provide them, avoid doing business with them.
- Industry References: A good contractor should have done business with other people in a similar industry like architects and builders. Call some local companies and see what they have to say about the roofing contractors in your area.
- Knowledge: A good roofing contractor can explain your options to you. A great roofing contractor can listen to your goals and not only explain the options, but also recommend the best solution. Opt for a contractor who can detail why certain materials or installation procedures would be best for you.
- Problem Solving Skills: While there is no easy way to test for this, it’s important that your roofing contractor be able to solve any problems that may arise during your installation. If they gloss over problems during this phase, it will lead to bigger problems, like leakage, for property owners further down the line.
- Communication: This is probably one of the most important traits a roofing contractor should possess. From the start to the finish of the project, the contractor should be able to communicate their plans to you in a manner that you can understand.
- Diverse Backgrounds: This can be difficult to find, but if you find a contractor with employees from different professional backgrounds, it can be a real advantage. They can use their combined experience to ensure that your project, however unique it may be, is successful.
From the minute the first shingle is removed from your old roof until the final panel of your new roof is put into place, you can rest at ease that your contractor is doing a good job if you have checked these seven items off your list.