Why Winter is the Best Time to Plan your Roof Replacement

The months of November, December, January, and February have in the past not been popular months to plan a roof replacement. The winter is generally filled with complications such as temperatures not letting adhesives to dry, difficulty clearing the roof and finishing a job as snowstorms occur, and the added slipperiness of a roof made it dangerous for some contractors lacking proper equipment to work.

Today, with the advances made in technology and the popularization of steel and metal as a roofing material, winter might actually be the best time of year to plan a roof replacement. There are three main reasons why this is:

#1 Companies are Easier to Contact

Even though winter is the perfect time of year to get a roof replacement, it doesn’t occur to many people to get it done. This sways things in the favor of the customer though as generally, during the winter months, sales staff are easier to get in touch with and it is generally easier to coordinate an evaluation.

During the summer, roofing contractors are very busy. This means that prices go up, sales staff are difficult to reach, and generally you work around the contractors’ schedule. In the winter, you will have the resources available to you in order to have you feeling good about getting this done today.

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#2 Taking Advantage of Winter Specials

Steel roofing companies and metal roofing companies typically offer winter specials in order to entice customers to buy-in. If you are currently looking at planning a metal or steel roof replacement for the springtime, you may actually be able to save a few dollars on product and installation by taking advantage of one of these specials.

 #3 Get it Done Today and Don’t Wait

Having to wait for a roof replacement when you needed one yesterday can be a bit problematic. There’s no reason to wait anymore. With metal roof panels or steel roof panels, there are no adhesives used, allowing for an easy replacement installation that can be done at any time of year including in the winter.

Over and over again, we see it happen. A customer calls in during winter because of a leak, we assess the roof, and we see that it requires a full replacement. Or, come spring, we are contacted by customers saying that the winter did a lot of damage to their roof and that they have been waiting to get it fixed.

Even in times of heavy snow, ice build-ups, and/or frigid temperatures, we can work to schedule and install a metal or steel roof that is going to significantly up the protection on your property and fix any roof-related issues. Don’t be caught out waiting for warmer weather which may worsen existing problems, see your property exposed to the elements more than it needs to be, allow snow and ice to gather on your roof potentially causing more damage, and then having to pay a higher price in the spring months.

By scheduling a roof replacement this winter, you get to save on cost and protect your property investment.

4 Reasons to Schedule a Metal Roof Installation or Steel Roof Installation this Winter

Steel is fastly becoming one of the most widely uses roofing materials for commercial and residential roofs. Through the tough winters and hot summers, a property owner can get more out of their steel roofing or metal roofing than they can out of traditional, asphalt shingles.

There have been many times where we have had customers be caught off-guard by heavy snowfalls and long winters, unaware that their roofs were not prepared to withstand the season. If you need a roofing installation, you don’t need to wait for spring. Metal roof panels and steel roof panels can both be installed during the winter months. We highly recommend that, if it’s needed, to not wait and schedule your install this winter. Here are four reasons why you may want to think about it.

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#1 There are not as many scheduled installs

During the winter months, there are significantly less installations and for some contractors, winter is their slowest time of year. What this means from the perspective of the customer is that you may be able to negotiate a better price for a metal roof installation or steel roof installation. Also, if you have an ideal install date, you are more likely to get it with less competition in winter.

#2 Metal and steel are easy to repair

If you have had difficulties sustaining the weight of snow on your roof in past winters or if you fear like you may have issues this year, or perhaps you are in the process of experiencing a winter roof emergency, metal and steel are materials that are not only stronger but that are easier to repair. If your roof is comprised of traditional asphalt shingles, repairing them in the wintertime will be nearly impossible. If you have metal roof panels or steel roof panels however, these can be easily handled.

#3 Metal and steel are made for winter

Metal roofing materials and steel roofing materials are made to withstand winter weather. The interlocking panels minimize snow and ice build-up throughout the season, ridding your roof of heavy weight as needed. The interlocking design also prevents water from travelling upward. No matter how cold it may be outside, metal roof panels and steel roof panels never expand, contract or break by the whim of the temperature.

#4 Metal roofing and steel roofing are natural insulators

The way that metal roofing panels and steel roofing panels are built is to allow for air to move freely, ultimately resulting in lower heating bills during the winter and allowing you to keep your house cool during the summer.

If you are already experiencing issues with moisture in your attic or elsewhere surrounding your roof, leaving these types of moisture issues fester can mean higher costs for you in the long-run. Installing a roof made of metal or steel can certainly help in preventing moisture accumulation and ensure that the top of your home is getting the air circulation it needs to retain its value.

If you would like to find out more information about what material (steel or metal) would be appropriate for your property as well as to find out more information regarding pricing and/or scheduling an install, please don’t hesitate to contact us today to speak with a representative.

For a limited time, Steel-Roofers is offering a Winter Special of 50% off on all taxes for your metal roof installation or steel roof installation.

How Metal Roofing and Steel Roofing can Make a HUGE Difference in Attic Ventilation

Installing metal roofing or steel roofing can mean a huge difference in lowering the costs of your bills as it pertains to heating your home in the winter and cooling it in the summer.

If you are unhappy with how much you are shelling out in the winter for heat, you may want to consider getting a metal roof or steel roof installed as both high performing materials are ideal for keeping that ventilation going. Coming highly recommended, metal roof panels or steel roof panels interlock in a manner that allows air to circulate and that prevents moisture from building up.

In terms of an attic, in a perfect world, what you want is a slightly pressurized attic. This is because a depressurized attic will work to slowly suck conditioned air out of the living space, costing you money and working your heating and cooling system more than need be. Durable, lightweight, and coming in a range of colors, a new metal roof or new steel roof installed correctly will naturally protect your home’s temperature and value other time. Maximize energy efficiency and uphold a long life for your roof.

Getting to know why attic ventilation is so important to your home and how your roof has an impact on that ventilation begins by understanding the basics. For example, hot air rises. If your metal roofing has been properly installed, there should be nothing blocking the airflow from escaping from the intake and exit vents, creating a constant natural draft that will keep things moving.

One of the biggest reasons that many people choose a metal or steel roof has to do with its ability to protect. The uninterrupted run of metal, for example, extends from the top of your roof to your gutter, reducing leaks and serving to control how air moves in your attic easily. This is in part why steel roofing continues to be a popular choice among homeowners. They offer protection, are durable against the weather outside, and are energy efficient.

If you are concerned about attic ventilation, don’t hesitate to bring it up with your contractor prior to the install. If they are worth what they’re being paid, they should be able to explain to you how they will ventilate your home to ensure that it is being properly protected.

Whenever we work on a roof, we ensure that an attic is being properly vented using static ventilation, or rather to use natural airflow instead of an electric fan to create movement. This way, any hot, damaging air that would naturally gather in an attic during the summer will be constantly replaced by fresh, cool air and in the winter, the heat and moisture that typically collects in cold weather will be allowed to move freely through the space – always keeping the air moving no matter the temperature.

Creating a balance between exhausted air and intake can be challenging but with metal roofing, the job is made significantly easier. Choose steel roofing or metal roofing today to ensure that your home is getting the protection it deserves.

Which one is Better for your Home: Comparing Aluminum and Steel Roofing

Two of the most popular roofing materials used in Ontario are aluminum and steel. If you are not sure which material is appropriate for your property, comparing the advantages and disadvantages of aluminum and steel roofing can help better inform your decision.

The Pros and Cons of Aluminum

There are many reasons to choose aluminum over steel. For example, aluminum is more corrosion resistant. Aluminum is more expensive however which may not make it appropriate for some buyers. Despite its high price, the quality is worth it to some. Aluminum has a long life, offers a high level of protection, and is a far better selection than the traditional asphalt which will lose its protective ability over time. Contrary to popular belief, noise is not an issue if your aluminum roof has been correctly installed. Also, those that are concerned with its aesthetic appearance can be assured that aluminum is typically sold with a painted surface in order to increase its curb appeal. Much like steel, aluminum roofing in Ontario is easily installed and is among the lightest metals used for roofing.

Comparing Aluminum and Steel Roofing

The Pros and Cons of Steel

There are many families and property owners in Ontario who have chosen steel over aluminum and for a number of different reasons. Steel is more fire resistant without underlayment and is less expensive, making it a popular choice among buyers who are seeking an affordable roofing option. Steel roofing also has a long life, offers a high level of protection, and comes in a range of different styles and colors that can help to make your roofing camouflage with its surroundings. In addition, noise from hail, rain or snow is not an issue with steel either if it is correctly installed. Throughout the past decade, steel roofing in Ontario has become more common than aluminum for these reasons and is highly sought after for its value. If you are a first-time buyer of metal roofing, steel as a material may provide the biggest bang for your buck and is a more affordable choice than aluminum.

Is Steel or Aluminum Better for Roofing

When you compare steel roofing and aluminum roofing, weighing the pros and cons show that these are two similar but distinct options. As metal roofing in Ontario has continued to grow in popularity, there are some contractors who might argue aluminum to be a better choice than steel roofing. There are other contractors that may argue steel to be a better material.

It is ultimately up to the consumer to decide what is more appropriate for their property. If you are upgrading to a new metal roofing system, you need to invest in the right roof, not the cheapest. Though aluminum does have its advantages, many customers have chosen to go with steel roofing due to the lower cost as well as the diverse range of color and style options available. If you are unsure of what roofing material is best for your residential or commercial property, please be sure to contact us directly to find out more information on what metal roofing material is best for your property.

What you Need to Know about Inspecting your Roof this Fall

Every year you should take a check of your roof, examining any damage that might exist and acknowledging the worrisome signs that you might need to replace your roof. Completing this roof inspection prior to the beginning of winter is ideal as it gives you a chance to prepare for the harshest time of year. In addition, you already know that if your roof is old or if there has already been a storm that has taken a lot out of your roof, it might be time for a replacement.

The first step is to assess the state of what’s there. You don’t need to get up on a ladder and head up there yourself to do it either. Simply take a look up from your yard. There are five things you want to watch out for when it comes to inspecting your roof in Ontario. Look for any cracked caulk or rust spots, any missing or broken shingles, any shingles that might be blistering or curling, the condition of the vent pipes, and take note of any moss or lichen that may appear. If there is moss and/or lichen in mass anywhere on your roof, it might be a sign that your roof is decaying from underneath.

If you have a traditional shingle roof and it is more than fifteen years old, there will likely be a bit of damage and/or it might be in need of a full replacement. If you are beginning to look at a replacement, you may want to do away with the traditional shingle roof and move to more sustainable, affordable metal roofing system. The benefits of a metal roof are numerous but include a longer life span lasting up to fifty years and being an overall better investment for your property than the traditional option.

Choosing to take a chance and go another year without a replacement potentially leaves room for significant property damage should unforeseen winter circumstances arrive. A metal roof will be able to handle the freeze and thaw cycles better than a traditional shingle roof can and will be able to hold heavy snow build-up better, withstand strong winds, and is one of your better options in the event of a hail storm.

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Instead of worrying about whether your roof is going to be able to withstand another winter or worrying about when you might need to replace your roof, get it done today. By replacing your traditional shingle roof with a metal roofing system, you are protecting your property against the elements for the next forty to fifty years. It will be a long time before you have to worry about your roof again.

If you just want to make a few shingle repairs, it’s only going to put off the inevitable and it’s a risk. Contact a roofing company in Ontario and get a free quote for a full roof replacement, this time with a metal roof. This way, you can keep minor fixes low, shave costs off your property long-term, and you can address any problematic roof issues immediately.