We recently contracted with London Eco-Roof to install a steel roof on our Victorian period property. With the installation now complete we would like to commend the installers and recommend the company for prospective customers. There are several factors which, I suspect, most individuals seeking roof replacement consider.
Price. We obtained five estimates from contractors (involving both shingle and metal options) before deciding on London EcoRoof. While they did not represent the lowest bid of the group, they were quite competitive with the best shingle option and considerably less than a second shingle proposal, as well as two other metal estimates.
Durability. We only considered a better quality shingle (40 year warranty) and the nature of the warranty was, in our interpretation, less than absolutely reassuring. Metal roofs (including London Eco-Roof) tend to have a more straightforward guarantee and longer span (50 year). Most of our investigation has supported the superiority and longevity of a metal roof. Although proof in an absolute sense cannot be assessed for several decades with this specific product, there is considerable existing evidence favouring the metal roof option.
Appearance. In our region a metal roof is far less common than its shingle counterpart and, with its distinctive profile, the Eco-Roof provides an attractive complement to the period brick facade. In our case, the roof also helps to unify the property's appearance in that it has had several additions over the years since its initial construction.
Installation. Our property presented a number of challenges, including limited yard space in which to work, a "two plus" storey main roof with four dormers and two later extensions, a porch in front and a "widow's walk" on top. In short, we knew the installation would take somewhat longer than the rather optimistic estimate given. However, once on site, the crew worked steadily and with remarkable determination and focus to address these potential obstacles. Because minimal shingles from the existing roof were removed and because the installation crew made a point of daily cleanup, there was far less mess than we anticipated and it was removed at the end of each work day. In addition to the quality of the product itself, we were concerned about quality of the installation and, in this regard, we were particularly impressed.
In sum, we are pleased to have chosen the Eco-Roof system for its appearance, its expected (and promised) durability, for the expert way in which it was installed and for the "value for money spent" it represents. Based on our experience, we would highly recommend London Eco-Roof to anyone considering roof replacement.