Is an Eco-Tile Roof Right for You?

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When considering long-term options for your business or home, consider the benefits of Eco-Tile metal roofing. This popular industry solution has a number of distinct benefits over traditional roofing options that can save you time, maintenance, and costs over the course of the buildings lifetime.

Quick Installation

Eco-Tile roofing can be installed relatively quickly. This metal roofing solution is a modular sheet. This innovation means that you save money in installation costs and labor. The quick assembly also means less time for human error, ensuring that you will have the highest quality roof for decades to come. Assembly is simple and cost-effective. In fact, Eco-Tiles are ideal for the experienced do-it-yourself homeowner.

Additionally, homeowners do not have to worry about the costs and labor associated with removing the older damaged roofing. Instead, you can fit the Eco-Tiles directly on the older tiles. Save on labor costs significantly.

 Energy Efficient

Besides being an overall cost-saving and time-saving roofing solution, Eco-Tiles can provide a lightweight option to maintain steady temperatures through sweltering summers and freezing winters. Add extra insulation for rooms that are more susceptible to extreme changes in weather.

Long Lasting

These tiles can last for almost half a century. While at the outset they may cost more than a traditional asphalt roof, building owners do not need to worry about replacing the roof several times over the course of their lifetime. Building owners do not need to worry about inclement weather and extreme weather conditions. However, there are some minor issues with dents that may occur during extreme hail storms. Speak with your contractor about purchasing thicker materials to prevent dents and natural wrinkling. This may be the only roof you will need to purchase during your entire life.

Versatile

Metal roofing is available in a wide variety of colors and styles. A wide variety of colors from red and browns to dark greens and even charcoal can be customized for every building owner’s unique tastes. Speak with your contractor about options for windows and other custom structures.

Enjoy the versatility, durability, and beauty of Eco-Tile roofing. It is the ideal roofing solution for any commercial or residential building.

4 Tips When Calculating Metal Roofing Cost

Choosing the roof for your home includes calculating the metal roofing cost. Whether you choose steel, aluminum, copper, or other metal, there are distinct costs associated with each one. Read expert tips when counting up the financial costs of metal roofing for your residence or business.

Know the Costs of Different Types of Metal Roofing

The biggest initial factor in determining the cost of your metal roof, other than how large your building is, will be the type of metal that you choose. Of the main types – aluminum, steel, and copper – copper is the most expensive type of metal roofing. It is quite beautiful. More homeowners will opt to use it only for accents or special architectural elements. Aluminum is more expensive initially than galvanized steel or galvalume steel. The lightweight rust-free metal has a higher cost. But it is almost entirely comprised of recycled metal.

When choosing between galvalume steel and galvanized steel, the galvanized steel is lower in cost. Other metal types like titanium and rolled zinc will vary in price point. You will want to speak with your contractor directly if you want to use something other than the more popular aluminum or steel roofing options.

How much will you need?

This may seem obvious, but knowing the exact amount of roofing that you will need is imperative before calculating your metal roofing cost. Take the time to have an accurate measurement made. You also want to figure in any decisions like using a specific metal like copper for accents or using other types of roofing for the garage or portions of the roof. For customized architectural plans, speak with your architect, engineer, and contractor about what you want. Ask which metal is best for your building. You might find that depending on where you live or how close you are to the coast, that some options may be better than others.

Calculate Maintenance Costs

Maintaining your metal roof is a hidden cost that many individuals don’t take into account. Why? Well, they might see the initial price tag and want to opt for something that is more affordable at the outset. However, long-term wear and tear on the roof will affect your cost. For example, while galvanized steel may seem a much more economical option than aluminum, it also is more susceptible to rust.

If you are building right by the coast or water,  it is prone to inclement weather or salt spray. Rust may affect your roof sooner than you expected. Copper is very durable. Sometimes the high price tag puts it out of reach for most homeowners and many business owners. Speak with your contractor before making a final decision.

Choosing Shingles or Standing Seam?

Another major aspect of calculating the costs of your roof involves whether you are opting for shake, shingles, tile, slate, or standing seam. Options like shingles and tile will give your home a beautiful textured look that is more traditional.

Modern contemporary buildings may work best with a standing seam, which has a very distinct look. Metal slate, for example, is about half the price of real slate. Sheet roofing is more economical than standing seam. Residential homeowners who want to purchase standing seam roofing should speak with their contractor to determine end costs. Residential roofs often have more complex architecture than commercial buildings.

Work with your designer and contractor to determine which metal roofing option fits best in your budget and provides the most durability long-term.

Trade Shows and Events Still to Come in 2013

London, Ontario

  • 2013 London Fall Fest – August 30 – September 2
  • 2013 Western Fair – September 6-15
  • A Festival of Poland – September 7

Woodstock, Ontario

  • 2013 Outdoor Farm Show – September 10-12

Rodney, Ontario

  • Rodney Fall Fair – September 13-15

Wallacetown, Ontario

  • Wallecetown Fair – September 27-29

Dresden, Ontario

  • Smokey Mountain Harvest Festival – September 22

Burlington

  • Burlington Ribfest – August 30 – September 2

Hamilton, Ontario

  •  Winona Peach Festival – August 23-25
  • Ideal Home Show & Sale – September 20-22
  • Norfolk Country Fair – October 4-14

Kitchener, Ontario

  • Ancaster Fair – September 19-22

Niagara Falls

  • Niagara Fall Home Show – September 6-8

Toronto (GTA), Ontario

  • Roncesvalles Polish Festival – September 14-15
  • Toronto Fall Show at the Better Living Centre – October 3-6
  • Business Franchise & Investment Expo – October 5-6
  • Fall Cottage Life Show – November 1-3
  • Royal Winter Fair – November 1-10
  • Toronto PM Expo – December 4-6

Brigden, Ontario

  • Brigden Fair – October 11-14

Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Home & Design Show – October 17-20
We reserve the right to cancel the event without prior notice.

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO – Showroom Grand Opening – 20 July, 2013

You are invited to Grand Opening of our new Showroom on
Saturday July 20, 2013 at

1759 Britannia Rd. E. Unit #6/7
Mississauga, Ontario

From 9:00AM to 3:00PM and Enjoy Barbecue on Site

We will be supporting “Kiss My Mutt All Breed Dog Rescue” charity.

For more information you can call us at: 905.5647663

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Spring Open House Event

We would like to say thank you to all who attended this event on Saturday April 13, 2013 at our showroom on 1682 Dundas St. East. It was a great event, we enjoyed barbecue together and More FM 103.9 was there on location.

You can visit our showroom at any time (Monday through Saturday) to talk to knowledgeable staff and find out about metal roofing and why it is Eco Friendly.

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The last roof you’ll ever need

Nothing puts a damper on the holidays like having Santa and his reindeer come crashing through the worn and rotting roof of your house on Christmas Eve. That’s a clatter that will have you and the neighbours rushing to see what’s the matter.

For the last 4 years, Joe Malec and his team of roofers at London Eco-Roof have been replacing traditional shingled roofs with tough, durable and attractive steel and aluminum roofs. Fully guaranteed for 50 years – no matter how many people own the house during that time – metal roofs are vastly superior to traditional asphalt shingles in every way.

“People are tired of buying shingles rated for 20 or 35 years and being right back in the same place, needing to replace them, 7 or 12 years later,” says Malec. “Fifty per cent of the roofs we replace are leaking. It’s not just that water gets into the house, but it gets the insulation wet and eventually develops into mould. Once you have that, it’s very expansive to get rid of, and most people don’t even know they are breathing it every day.”

“Shingles just don’t stand up to the weather, “ he says. “We get hotter weather in the summer now and stronger storms year-round. Shingles just don’t last in that harsh environment, and that’s why so many people are switching to metal roofs.”

When steel roofs first were available, there were a bit like Model T Fords. You could have any colour so long as it was black. Today, London Eco-Roof offers 17 colours, some in steel and some in aluminum.  New for 2013 is Nova, a copper/gold aluminum colour that is already attracting orders.

“The range of colours is amazing, “ Malec says. “People think about the colour of their roofs now the same way they consider the colour of their front door or siding. It’s a design element of their home.”

Earlier this year, the company opened a showroom at 1682 Dundas St. Homeowners can go and see all the colours displayed to get an accurate idea of what their roofs might look like.

When Malec created the business, his goal was to provide steel roofs at an affordable cost, a price point that would make steel roofs a legitimate alternative for homeowners who normally would opt for asphalt shingles. Steel does cost a bit more than shingles, although over the course of their lifetime, they are much less expensive given how long they last.

Prices start at $4.80/square foot. London Eco-Roof has an exclusive arrangement with the TD Bank to provide “top secret savings,” as Malec likes to say. “We can help people get the financing they need to do their roof. That’s not a problem.”

In the last six years, Malec and his team have installed hundreds of roofs in and around London. Every roof they do serves as a referral because neighbours are always interested in what’s happening next door, how they can save over time on their own roofs.

“Word of mouth has been terrific for us, “ Malec says. “I want to thank all of our customers for telling their friends about us. We truly appreciate it and will continue providing the best products and service in London.”

Published in the London Free Press, Enterprise section on December 10, 2012

The Five E’s

Although precise definitions still are evolving, HPR protective umbrellas share five important characteristics that make them energy efficient, environmentally friendly, cost effective, leak proof, reliable and long-lasting. Think of them as the “Five E’s.”

  • Endurance: HPR systems must meet or exceed traditional performance standards in terms of longevity, all-weather reliability, water absorption, wind and fire resistance, low maintenance and simple repair. No matter how cool a roof is, it still has to protect the building in all types of weather.
  • Economics: HPR systems must be cost effective based on initial cost and, more importantly, life-cycle cost. Roof systems must make economic sense to building owners and managers before they will become widely accepted.
  • Energy: HPR systems help reduce energy consumption and improve the energy efficiency of the building envelope. This is a primary benefit of cool roofing and a critical aspect of sustainability.
  • Environment: HPR systems help reduce the overall impact on the external environment while creating and maintaining a healthy productive indoor environment. This is the primary objective of sustainable roofing, which also focuses on energy efficiency and endurance.
  • Engineering: Smart engineering and design are the great enablers of HPR systems and the other E’s. Engineering impacts everything from intelligent design and installation to life-cycle costs and long-term performance in all weather conditions.

Meeting HPR

There are several key questions to ask roofing contractors and/or manufacturer’s represent- atives to determine whether a roof system is high performance. The following should be asked to ensure your prospective roof system meets each of the five E’s:

Endurance

1. What is the range of durability for this type of roof system?
The durability of roof systems varies widely depending on the manufacturer, competence of the roofing contractor, climate and other factors. This is why roofing expert Carl Cash, principal of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., Waltham, Mass., suggests building owners consider the durability range of various systems – a better indication of how long the best roof systems in each category can be expected to last. For more information, read Cash’s book, Roofing Failures.

2. In terms of maintenance and repair, how often, how much and how easy?
Every year of useful service free of major maintenance and repair work reduces the life-cycle cost of any roof. Be sure to ask about a roof system’s recommended annual maintenance procedures and costs.

3. How long and how good is the warranty?
Warranties reveal many strengths and weaknesses. Small print and exclusions can highlight potential problem areas, such as ponding water, consequential damages and repair/replacement procedures in case of failure. Don’t be fooled by the length of a warranty; read the fine print for hidden costs and exclusions.

Economics

1. Is a life-cycle cost analysis available that includes all installation costs, estimated maintenance/repair costs and potential energy savings during the life of the roof? In 2004 a 20-year life-cycle-cost comparison was prepared by independent Midwest roofing contractors; the study was sponsored by Duro-Last Roofing Inc., Saginaw, Mich. It compared the life-cycle costs of a reflective polyvinylchloride single-ply with the averages for a black ethylene propylene diene terpolymer and built-up roof system for a fully warranted, 50,000-square-foot reroof in the Midwest.

Software programs, how-to books and guidelines are available to assist in completing life-cycle cost analyses for commercial roof systems. Building owners also should ask their roofing contractors to provide an analysis for each system under consideration. Many manufacturers currently provide this information.

Energy

1. Does the roof meet criteria set by EPA’s Energy Star Reflective Roof Products Program?
Visit www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=roof_ prods.pr_roof_products to determine whether a roof system you’re considering is listed. If it isn’t there, the roof material probably does not meet the Energy Star minimum standard that requires low-slope roof products to have an initial reflectance of at least 65 percent and a reflectance of at least 50 percent after three years of weathering. You also can use EPA’s online calculator (roofcalc.cadmusdev.com/) to determine potential energy savings for your building. An energy-efficient building using an HPR system is a step toward mitigating the urban-heat-island effect.

2. Does the roof meet ASHRAE Standard 90.1?
If it does, you may be eligible for tax deductions. If it doesn’t, it isn’t an HPR system.

3. Does the roof earn points toward USGBC LEED credits?
A building can receive one point toward LEED certification if its roof system meets the standards under Sustainable Sites Credit 7.2 – Heat Island Effect: Roof. A combination of design characteristics, including roofs, can earn points in several credit categories, including Stormwater Management, Minimum Energy Performance, Renewable Energy and Construction Waste Management.

4. Is a roof tear off required?
Certain lightweight HPR systems can be installed – fully warranted – directly over the existing roof to reduce installation and disposal costs while slowing the rate of landfill buildup.

5. Is the roofing material recyclable?
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., recently estimated 9 to 10 million tons (8 to 9 million metric tons) of nonrecyclable roofing waste is sent to U.S. landfills every year.

6. Does the roof system help create a comfortable, healthy, productive environment inside buildings?
IAQ is an increasingly important issue regarding health and improved productivity of building occupants. Cool, vegetated and, perhaps, solar-integrated HPR systems moderate indoor temperatures even in buildings without air conditioning. Vented roof systems can help reduce moisture and mold while relieving positive air pressure, allowing buildings to “breathe.”

Engineering

1. Is this a fully integrated roof system that provides watertight performance while enhancing the performance of other building components?
A high-performance building is a complete system that includes electrical, flooring, HVAC, roofing, doors, windows, insulation and other interactive components. Likewise, a high-performance roof is a fully integrated system that protects the building from the elements and actually enhances the performance of other building components, such as thermal insulation and the HVAC system. Check the warranty to ensure the entire roof system is covered.

2. Does the manufacturer use premium components and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to enhance energy, environmental, endurance and economic performances?
Specification of premium materials enhances a wide range of performance criteria, including reflectivity, emittance, ultraviolet radiation resistance, water resistance, fire and wind resistance, tensile strength, thermal expansion and dynamic puncture resistance. Environmental performance is enhanced by incorporating materials that are recyclable and reduce the total embedded energy index and by using closed-loop manufacturing processes that minimize waste and toxic emissions.

3. Is this a custom prefabricated roof system?
Prefabricated roof systems designed to fit each roof reduce installation time and labor costs, virtually eliminate roof membrane scrap, and minimize job- site errors by producing seams and other critical components under quality-controlled factory conditions.

Originally published on Kelly Roofing website.
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