Choosing a roofing material is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You want a material that lasts long and a material that gives you good value for your money. Aside from making the right decision regarding your roofing material, another big decision to be made is choosing the right contractor. Whether it is a residential or a commercial project, you want a reliable contractor and choosing the right roofing contractor can make a lot of difference.
Top Metal Roofs has been in the metal roofing business for years and is a reputable roofing company in Toronto, Ontario servicing Toronto and the GTA, including Pickering. We are based in Toronto so we have an understanding of the unique and erratic weather patterns in the area and we know that traditional asphalt shingles are easily damaged by the weather. We also offer our services to nearby areas such as Ajax, Brampton, Burlington, Etobicoke, Mississauga, and Newmarket, North York, Pickering, Vaughan, Scarborough, and Oakville.
We install high-quality commercial steel roofs that not only stand the test of time but are also up-to-date with current trends. You can rely on our roofing solutions to protect your family and your property from the elements. Whether you are in the process of completing your dream home or replacing the roofs of your well-loved house, you can rely on us to give you the best service.
We have the experience and the expertise to install a roof that you and your family will love and offer a variety of style and finishing options to suit your home’s style and individual preference.
Benefits of Metal Roofing
Whether you are replacing your current roof or putting a roof on your new home, there are various materials to choose from. One of the most popular is metal roofing. Metal roofing is a very attractive option because it offers a lot of benefits. There are various metal roofing materials to choose from such as zinc, galvanized steel, copper, and aluminum. Before choosing any type of roofing, it is important to check with your local building department for any code requirements.
Long-lasting and durable
One of the best pros of metal roofing is that it lasts long and it is very durable. Unlike other materials such as asphalt, homeowners or building owners who choose metal for their roofing need not worry about re-roofing again. Why you may ask? Because metal roofs are proven to last at least two to three times longer than asphalt. High-end metal roofs made of aluminum, for example, have a lifespan of at least 6 decades. Copper or zinc, on the other hand, can last more than a hundred years.
Raccoons, rodents and wild animals proof
One of the many problems homeowners have to deal with are pests, rodents, raccoons, wild animals, and other pests. They can onto the roof from various tree branches and damage your roof. The good news is, you need not worry about this is you have a metal roof. Wild animals and pests won’t be able to damage the roof and break into your attic.
Resistant to fire
Fire can cause damage to property and even loss of life. The great thing about metal roofing is that it is fire-resistant. This is particularly important for people who live in areas that are prone to wildfire. Metal roofs are also very useful in places where extreme weather is most often experienced.
Moss and fungus-proof
Unlike asphalt, a metal roof is not affected by the growth of moss, mildew, and fungus. These are things which cause damage to roofs made of asphalt and wood. Moss and fungus growth are not only unsightly, but they can also dramatically shorten the lifespan of your asphalt roof.
Cooler than other materials
Compared to other materials, metal roofs stay much cooler than roofs made of asphalt, on a hot sunny day. Metal helps regulate the temperature in a building and also reduces the demands for AC load and electricity.
Sustainability of Metal Roofs
Now that you know all the advantages metal roofs can offer, you may ask if they are sustainable. It is a very sustainable and durable alternative to cedar or asphalt. They last three times longer than other materials and they do not require a lot of maintenance, which leaves homeowners free to use their time and resources in other more important pursuits.
At least 30% of the materials used to create metal roof is recycled. There are even metal roofs that are made of 100% recycled materials. Not only will you be investing your money in a wise choice of roofing material, but you will also be helping Mother Earth at the same time.
Metal Roofing Myths
Metal roofing has gained so much popularity over the past few years. It used to be associated with industrial buildings and barns but it is now becoming a popular option for homeowners. So many things have been said about metal. Some of these things are true while some are just myths. Now that you know the benefits metal roofing can offer, it is time to separate fact from fiction.
Metal roofs will amplify the sound of rain
You might have been in a barn before and noticed that the sound of rain on the roof was just too loud. While that may be true, you shouldn’t and couldn’t expect the same from a house that is built by a metal roof. This is because homes with metal roofing also come with a roof deck that adds structure to the roof helps insulate from noise. The roof deck and the insulation helps muffle the noise. As a matter of fact, metal roofs are much quieter than any other roof system in the market today.
Metal roofs will heat up your house
Metal roofs, contrary to popular belief, do not heat up your house and turn it into an oven. Metal roofs reflect UV rays that asphalt roofs absorb. Furthermore, metal roofs release solar heat much more quickly compared to other materials, thereby, reducing the heat load on your house. A properly installed metal roof will help maintain a more consistent temperature in your home. You will also expect up to 40% energy savings on cooling and heating costs.
Metal roofs attract lightning
This seems to be the most prevailing myth about metal roofs. The truth is lightning strikes whatever it is closest to. An excess of electricity that is looking to discharge, lightning heads towards the earth and to discharge into the ground. The reason why telephone poles and trees are struck by lightning most often is because they are often the tallest things. Metal is a conductor but no it does not attract lightning. A metal roof is the best material you should have in your home if your home is struck by lightning. Metal disperses energy safely through your home’s structure but the most important thing is that it is noncombustible. It might get hit by lightning but it won’t catch fire at all.
Metal roofs are dented by hail easily
Metal is one of the most durable materials for roofing. Hail can easily damage roofs, especially if it is large enough, it won’t be able to dent or damage a metal roof unless it is a very extreme case. As a matter of fact, in places where there are extreme weather conditions, metal roofs are a much better choice because of their durability.
Metal roofs will rust
Technology has grown by leaps and bounds and metal roofs are no longer just sheets of solid metal which rusted over time. Today’s metal roofs are made particularly for roofing so they are made to withstand poor weathering, such as rusting. The metal roofs sold today are bonded with galvanized coating and are also made with advanced alloys which prevent rusting. They are also coated with paint that withstands the effects of weathering making them rust-free for decades.
Metal roofs are too heavy for houses
On the contrary, metal roofs are actually 50% lighter compared to a standard asphalt roof. Metal is the lightest roofing option in the market today. There have been many cases when homeowners needed to reroof their house and what contractors ended up doing was installing the metal roof on top of the existing asphalt roof. This can be done because metal roofing is considerably lighter and won’t threaten the structural integrity of the home.
Metal roofs are too expensive
If you are looking at the upfront cost, then yes a metal roof will cost more initially than an asphalt roof. However, you simply cannot calculate costs this way because you also have to take into account the lifetime cost of either roof options. Asphalt roofs are cheaper upfront but there is a need to consider repairs and the inevitable reroofing process that happens every twenty years. Conversely, a metal roof is guaranteed to last at least forty years. There is no upkeep needed so when you consider the lifetime costs for both metal and asphalt roofs, metal roofing is comparably cheaper.
Contact a Top Metal Roofs Consultant
Whether you need a new roof installed or an old one replaced, we top the list of Pickering roofing companies. We have numerous satisfied clients whose success stories testify to our expertise. Our services are unmatched, and we guarantee a roof that will last you a lifetime. Talk to us at 647-470-7161, and we will professionally handle all your metal roofing matters.