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Why Asphalt Shingles Simply Can’t Compete with Metal Roofing

For over a century, asphalt shingles have been the most popular choice for homeowners looking to replace an existing roof. Of course, an asphalt shingle roof has a number of benefits such as ease of installation, the range of colours available and the low installation price. However, compared to metal roofing, asphalt shingles are found wanting in a number of very important aspects. Metal and steel roofing has improved a huge amount in recent times. There is now a wide range of colours, styles and designs available that can be utilised to compliment the appearance of your home. The common misconception that metal looks dull is a thing of the past with more and more homeowners deciding to use it for their roofing project.

The Advantages of Using Metal Roofing

Metal and steel roofing is becoming increasingly popular with homeowners in Ottawa, Windsor, Kitchener, Toronto and Mississauga. The increased options in relation to colours and design together with additional benefits such as longevity has seen metal roofing sales soar in recent years. Some of the most important considerations when choosing between asphalt shingles and metal are detailed below.

  • An Aesthetically Pleasing Design for All–For many of you, metal is perhaps considered as being somewhat drab. This is simply untrue. Recent reports show that roofing made from metal offers a much wider choice in terms of colour and style. Roofing contractors are able to install a wide range of designs that will undoubtedly enhance the appearance of your home.
  • Asphalt Shingles are a Much Lighter Option–You think so? Remarkably, metal roofing weighs less than its asphalt shingle counterpart. On average, metal weighs almost 3-4 times less. This means that you can ask roofing contractors to install it over your existing roof without damaging the integrity of the structure.
  • The Importance of Longevity–When you choose to install a new roof it can be a relatively substantial outlay. Therefore, common sense dictates that you want your new roof to last as long as possible. Compared to asphalt, metal can last decades longer whilst also retaining significantly higher performance levels.
  • Don’t Be Fooled By Warranty Duration–Many roofing contractors that specialise in asphalt shingle installation will promote the long warranty that is available when a purchase is made. Typically, that warranty may last for forty or fifty years. However, upon closer inspection, the majority of manufacturers provide a warranty solely on defects to the material itself. This does not cover you for faults due to exposure to the weather and other elements.

In terms of performance, longevity and appearance, metal is far superior than the traditional asphalt shingle option. London Eco-Roof Manufacturing Inc. is a knowledgeable roofing contractor that possesses vast industry experience. For advice and guidance relating to your new roofing project and to speak to one of our skilled team members call us toll free on 1.855.838.9393.

London Eco Metal has a reputable team of metal roofing contractors offering services for steel roofing in Toronto, Mississauga, Windsor, Kitchener and Ottawa.

Will Steel Roofing Make Your Home Hotter in the Summer? Of Course Not

One of the most important considerations discussed by many homeowners is the suitability of metal and steel roofing in warmer climates. The concerns are due to the common misconception that because the roof is constructed of metal, the sun and heat will cause homes to become unbearably hot during the summer months. Metal and steel roofing incorporates a number of special features that combat the effect of heat inside the home itself. In locations that experience hot weather such as Mississauga, Kitchener, Windsor, Ottawa and Toronto, roofing contractors can advise you about subtle attributes that provide sustained protection against increased interior temperatures.

How Does Steel Roofing Regulate Internal Temperatures?

Like all materials, prolonged exposure to heat will invariably lead to an increase in the temperature of all metals. However, there are a number of factors to consider before you dismiss the option of a metal roof. By understanding the summary below, you can make an informed decision as to the suitability of a steel roof for your home.

  • Understanding the Importance of Colour and FinishThis has a huge impact on the ability of any material to absorb heat. A specialist finish can be applied to steel roofing which actually reflects the sunlight and heat, ensuring that your home remains cool. Additionally, pale colours can be utilised to further improve the reflective performance of your roof. With many other roofing materials traditionally darker in colour, this will have a big influence on heat absorption levels.
  • Temperature Differences are MinimalIndustry statistics show that the difference in temperature between metal roofing and other materials such as asphalt or slate is minimal during lengthy periods of heat exposure. Many roofing contractors that specialise in other forms of roofing materials will undoubtedly tell you otherwise but don’t be fooled!
  • Lighter Materials Will Cool QuickerIt is scientifically proven that lighter materials will cool a lot quicker than heavier materials. Which is the lightest roofing material on the market today you may ask? Metal. Compared to popular roofing materials such as asphalt shingles, metal roofing can be up to three times lighter which allows it to cool much faster.
  • Metal Reflects Whilst the Competition AbsorbsThe absorption of heat into your home can be a major problem. Energy bills will undoubtedly increase during the summer months as you crank up the air conditioning units to keep cool. By utilising metal roofingyou are actually cooling the interior of your home and thus reducing those energy bills. Materials such as asphalt, one of the most popular choices for roofing in North America, absorb the heat which is transferred to the structure of your home and increases interior temperatures significantly.

Metal roofing has been proven to regulate interior temperatures much more efficiently than other materials such as asphalt and slate. London Eco-Roof Manufacturing Inc. is an experienced roofing contractor that specialises in metal and steel roofing. For further information and advice in relation to this call us toll free on 1.855.838.9393.

London Eco Metal has a reputable team of metal roofing contractors offering services for steel roofing in Toronto, Mississauga, Windsor, Kitchener and Ottawa.

Upcoming Trade Shows – Toronto, Ottawa & London, Ontario

We will be at the following shows in Ontario. We are looking forward to meet you there. You can view the list and learn more about each show, by following links to their websites.

London, Ontario – Western Fair:

For more information visit Western Fair website

Ottawa, Ontario – The Home & Design Show:

For more information visit The Home & Design Show website

Toronto, Ontario – 2014 Roncesvalles Polish Festival:

For more information visit 2014 Roncesvalles Polish Festival website

Toronto, Ontario – Toronto Fall Home Show:

For more information visit Toronto Fall Home Show website

Trade Shows and Events Still to Come in 2014

London, Ontario

  • 2014 Western Fair – September 5-14
  • Ilderton Fall Fair – September 7

Woodstock, Ontario

  • 2013 Outdoor Farm Show – September 9-11

Hamilton, Ontario

  • Winona Peach Festival – August 22-24
  • Norfolk Country Fair – October 7-13

Kitchener, Ontario

  • Paris Fair – August 28 – September 1

Niagara Falls, Ontario

  • Niagara Lifestyle Fall Home Show – September 5-7

Toronto (GTA), Ontario

  • Roncesvalles Polish Festival – September 13-14
  • Toronto Fall Show – September 18-21
  • Royal Winter Fair – November 7-16
  • International Plowing Match – September 16-20

Windsor, Ontario

  • Leamington Tomato Festival – August 15-17
  • Leamington Apple Fest – September 27-28

Ottawa, Ontario

  • Home & Design Show – September 26-28
We reserve the right to cancel the event without prior notice.

Grand Opening of London Eco-Roof Manufacturing Inc. in Ottawa.

Councillor Egli joins Mayor Watson at the Grand Opening of London Eco-Roof Manufacturing Inc. in Ottawa – June 21, 2014

It was a busy weekend in the ward. I had the pleasure, along with Mayor Watson, of cutting the ribbon to welcome a new business to the ward. London Eco-Roof is open and ready to do business.

For more information read City of Ottawa Ward 9 Newsletter

Eco Tile Installation (Method 2): Single Strapping – Video

Metal Roof Tile Sheet of Modular Type – An innovative and unique product designed for roofing. It is distinguished by its unique shape – 5 bottom waves and 6 peaks and it has specially formed edges that allow for easy assembly and sheets adjoin to each other perfectly on roof.

View installation video:

Good Questions to Ask Roofing Contractors Before Hiring

roofing contractors torontoWhether you are searching for a roofing contractor in Toronto to complete a brand new installation, repair damaged shingles or carry out routine maintenance, there are a number of questions you should ask before agreeing to hire them and setting up an appointment for the work to be carried out. These questions will help you weed out the less reputable roofing contractors and ensure you hire a contractor that will be able to do exactly what they say they will. As one of the leading roofing contractors in Toronto and Mississauga these are questions we receive on a daily basis and are more than happy to spend some time answering.

Top Questions to Put to Toronto Based Roofing Contractors

How Many Years Have You Been in the Roofing Industry?

While roofing contractors that have only been operating in the area for a year or two shouldn’t be immediately ruled out, longevity is a good indicator of good work. London Eco-Roof was started in 2009 and we have quickly become the company to call for a metal roofing installation in Toronto and Mississauga.

Will You Remove My Old Roof?

If you are having a brand new roof installed (we would strongly advise you to consider a steel roofing installation) one of the most important questions you need to ask is: Will you remove and dispose of my old roof and all waste materials? You don’t want to have a pile of old shingles and other roof materials piles up in a corner of your yard and no means to dispose of them. Good roofing contractors will bring a refuse container to put this waste in as it is taken off the roof. London Eco-Roof is committed to customer satisfaction and that means we always leave the site in a condition you are happy with.

How Will My Gutters Be Protected While the Work is Being Done?

It’s all too easy to focus all your attention on the roof and forget about other elements of your home that need to be protected. Roofing contractors should use ladder stabilizers and/or standoffs for any type of roofing work, which ensures the actual weight of the ladder is not pressed against your gutter.

Do You Subcontract Out Any of the Work?

Ideally, the roofing contractor you choose shouldn’t subcontract out any part of your roofing project since their skill, level of experience and reputation will be unknown to you. What’s the point of carefully sifting through the many roofing contractors that operate in Toronto and the surrounding areas, only for them to then pass the job onto someone you didn’t choose? At London Eco-Roof you will only ever work with our team.

Do You Possess Workman’s Compensation Insurance?

This is a special type of insurance that protects you in case one of the roofers gets injured at your property, as it covers all associated medical costs. Some roofing contractors avoid paying workman’s compensation insurance, since it is not cheap, but unfortunately accidents do happen and if the roofing contractor you decide to work with doesn’t have this insurance, you could have to cover the costs of medical treatment. We, of course, do possess this insurance.

And What About General Liability Insurance?

Roofing contractors that don’t have this should instantly be crossed off your list, since you would be liable for any accidental damage that the contractor caused. Don’t just take their work for it either as some roofing contractors have been known to lie. Instead, ask if they could send you a copy of their insurance policy. This is something that London Eco-Roof would be more than happy to do.

Tell Me About the Warranty You Offer on Your Work?

You should always look for a contractor that will offer you at least a 25 year warranty when you have a new roof installed. London Eco-Roof offers some of the best warranties around; an incredible 55 years on all steel roofing products.

Do You Offer Written Estimates?

Agreeing to hire roofing contractors without first receiving a written estimate is one of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make and can result in you being charged fees you cannot afford. When making initial enquiries, ask all roofing contractors for a written estimate. Also, before putting pen to paper on a contract, ensure it includes the total cost for the removal of the old roof, the installation of the new roof as well as timescales for the project.
London Eco-Roof operates in Toronto and Mississauga and since 2009 has been the leading manufacturer and installer of metal roofs. In addition to handling metal roof installations we also take care of repair and maintenance work, delivering a quality of service that has surpassed the expectations of hundreds of clients.

Call us today to talk about metal roof installations.