July 27, 2018 | Filed under: Buying a New Roof,Research
If you’re shopping for a metal roof, we have put together a list of six things to look for in any potential metal roofing product. Not all metal roofs offer these features, but we think you will agree that all six are very important.
1. Quality and tested finishes
Available in many colors and even multi-hued shades, these coatings offer the best combination of durability and fade resistance. Additionally, many people choose metal roofs in order to avoid the streaking and staining that attacks granulated-surface shingles. PVDF, resin-based finishes offer the best resistance to streaking and staining.
Although you may not often think about it, a lot of debris ends up on your roof. As things like tree leaves, pine needles, seed pods, ice, and snow travel down your roof, they end up in any valleys your roof may have. Many metal roofs have “closed” valley systems with hidden waterways to channel water off of the roof. These hidden waterways, however, will clog up with debris and then the water path is blocked causing leaks. “Self-Cleaning” valleys carry the water and debris on top of the roof and can’t clog.
3. Premium Certified Products
The Metal Construction Association has developed a Quality Certification Program which recognizes products and manufacturers that meet high levels of standards in terms of raw materials and processes. We strongly encourage products that are part of this program, and of course, our products are certified.
4. Special Flashings
Many roofs have areas which require special care. With metal roofing, you can’t just depend upon sealants in those areas like is often done with temporary roofing materials. If your roof has dead valleys, skylights, chimneys, flared gables, or other unusual things, make sure that you understand exactly how these will be handled by your contractor.
5. Great Warranties
Make sure you know exactly what warranties you will be receiving, and who they are from. You should receive warranties covering the installation workmanship, the product, and also the integrity of the raw materials that go into the product. You can review our outstanding product and workmanship warranties here.
6. Proper Ventilation
We find that most homes can benefit from increased attic ventilation. Good ventilation will keep your home cooler in the summer, and also help avoid ice dams while making sure your insulation is dry and performing well in the winter. It can also help avoid rot and mold In your home. Re-roofing is the perfect time to address your home’s ventilation. A professional roofing contractor will be able to review this with you as well. Learn why we start every potential roofing project with an attic inspection.
Finding the Right Metal Roof
We can help you find the right metal roof for your Kentucky home. Feel free to email your questions or give us a call. We have the Louisville Kentucky area’s finest when it comes to people who know and understand metal roofing.