Canada's Most Durable roof!
Why Choose a Metal Roof?
Metal roofing is rapidly gaining popularity in the residential roofing market. This is not surprising considering the long list of benefits to installing a new metal roof including their low weight, fire resistance, appearance and life expectancy. It's no wonder so many people are now choosing metal roofing to weather proof their home or cottage. Home owners who invest in metal roofing very rarely regret their decision.
With all of metal's qualities, lifespan and the endless choice of appearances, a metal roof is sure to be the best roof for the price and might be the last roof you ever install.
What is a Metal Roof?
First and foremost metal roofing is structured to survive extreme weather variations. It is resistant to breakage, fire, rotting and splitting. It is designed to last a life time.
Most consumers are not aware of how many types of metal roofing there actually are. Panels and shingles are broken down into categories by the type of metal they are constructed of, the thickness or weight of the metal, any alloys or coatings on the metal, and finally the type of paint or granulated finish.
The most common materials used for steel roofing panels are galvanized (G90), galvalume (AZ150), and aluminum. These panels are typically offered in 24 to 30 gauge (30 being the least thick) and are all available pre painted with many different colour options. Materials such as copper, lead and zinc are also available in many types of profiles. Although they come with a higher price tag these metals each offer their own look of timeless charm and elegance with lifespans reaching up to 100 years. Peaks and Plateaus Roofing is happy to answer any questions you have about metal roofing.
Advantages of a Metal Roof
Installing a metal roof on your home or cottage might initially cost you two or three times the price of asphalt shingles but these systems pay themselves off in the long run. With life expectancies reaching up to 60 years for steel roofing and long term warranties safeguarding your investment you can feel safe and relaxed knowing your home is protected from the elements for the foreseeable future.
Metallic coatings and paint finishes as well as the metal reflect the sun's rays from your home keeping it cooler in the summer. Selections of metal roofs are energy star approved and can reduce your monthly heating and cooling costs.
Insurance companies recognize the added protection a metal roof provides for your home or building and generally offer a reduced rate once a metal roof has been installed. Consult with your insurance agent to see if these savings are available to you.
Metal roofing has many advantages to help in conserving our environment. Metal roofing can absorb solar energy, that means one less building contributing to the heat island effect. On top of it all they can reduce the amount of energy used to heat and cool your home.
Metal roofing is highly recyclable with most steel roofing containing a 35% recycled content while higher end finishes such as copper and lead can contain as much as 95%. Copper, zinc and lead are considered to be extremely green products, because of their value they are almost always recycled and their low melting points mean very little energy is used to process them. All metal roofing is 100% recyclable at the end of its service life and most systems can be installed over top of an existing shingle roof keeping that material out of the landfill.
Metal roofs excel not only in terms of quality and durability but also in appearance. High profile designs and the ability to stamp products with an endless assortment of profiles can add real dimension to your roof and increase your home's overall curb appeal.
Vertical Seam Panels are thru-fastened panels. They generally are long-length panels that have ribs running from the eave to the ridge of the roof. These panels are fastened with gasketed screws that penetrate the panel into the roof decking substrate. Many home owners have installed a thru-fastened panel roof with a lot of success and very few problems.
Residential standing seam panels that are fastened with an attachment flange hidden by the overlapping panel are growing in popularity throughout the country. The fact that the attachment point is covered by the adjacent panel makes for a very clean looking installation and provides strong protection against weather penetration. These panels are steel, aluminum, copper, or zinc. On longer length standing seam panels (over 20 feet) hidden moveable clips are attached to the roof deck and the seam of the roof panel. This arrangement allows for movement of the panel due to thermal expansion and contraction of the roof panel during the day and night.
Modular Press-formed panels are painted interlocking panels with standard dimensions and shapes, they are growing in popularity for residential applications. They may be steel, aluminum, copper, zinc, or terne metal. These panels may resemble wood shake, tile, slate or shingles. The roof panels are attached with hidden fasteners directly to the roof deck in most applications. They generally lock on all 4 sides to provide exceptional wind up-lift resistance. Modular Press-formed Granular Coated systems are standard dimension panels that are either thru-fastened or attached with hidden fasteners and coated with an acrylic finish with embedded stone granules on the surface. Shake, tile, and shingle shapes are all available. The panels may be installed over a batten/counter batten wood grid (cold roof system) or directly to the roof deck.
Low Maintenance and Easy Repairs
Metal roofing is made of an ultra-light weight material composition. Contractors and tradesmen can easily install them or remove them for any purpose. Metal roofing requires little to no maintenance other than some minor preventative measures such as sweeping off debris on lower sloped roofs to reduce staining from prolonged exposure to moisture.
In the case of a thru-fastened metal roof intermediate inspection of the neoprene washers is highly recommended. Constant exposure to water, the sun, high temperatures and the thermal movement of the panel can eventually degrade the washer. Your steel roof should be inspected every 10 years and screws should be replaced if necessary. Caulking at key entry points should also be inspected and re-applied if necessary approximately every 5 years.
Peaks and Plateaus Roofing offers annual inspections to keep your metal roof system working flawlessly.
Peaks and Plateaus Roofing offers metal roofing by
Havelock Metal, Ideal Roofing, and Vic West
Copper and specialty metal is available for installations of roofing, flashing and eavestroughing. We also install finials, weather vanes, custom cupolas and chimney caps.