Never re-roof again is the claim metal roofing companies make. While never is a long time it would be more accurate to say never re-roof again while you are in your current home, or if you don’t do any renovations. Will you be selling and moving, who knows, right?
When metal roofing came on the scene about twenty years ago the products that were being sold were not as one would say, “up to snuff.” Companies trying to take advantage of the distress of asphalt roofing manufacturers rushed poor products to the market to make a fast dollar. Many of them succeeded, many are no longer in business.
The market recognized the need for an alternative roofing product and quickly embraced the new guys. The market however is discerning and quickly weeds out scammers. Metal roofing received a black eye from these peoples behavior. They over priced an expensive product and literally gouged consumers willing to purchase. These questionable people created circumstance for a much slower rise in acceptance of metal roofing by the general public.
Metal roofing companies that survived were the good ones. These companies were willing to spend money on research and development. Materials both in steel and aluminum roofs improved. Paint and coatings became the main focus while fasteners and joins followed closely.
One of the consumer’s first questions when considering a metal roof was fade factor. Early metal roofing was at best questionable. Technology was nonexistent at the time to enable coatings and paint last the lifetime of the roofs. Today with the assistance of Nassau the paint needed to make fifty year warranty claims exists.
The next issue was how the roof was fastened and could it be walked on. Progressive companies developed systems of interlocking tiles and strapping that when properly installed made the roof 100% watertight. Design came into play and metal tiles that used to rise up and take over the house now hugged the roof enhancing its lines. With roof hugging design the problem of noise during rain and hail was also eliminated.
Metal roofs now could honestly claim everything their predecessors couldn’t. The paint would last the life of the roof. Virtual invisible repairs could be made if required. The roof would look as good thirty years from installation as when new. Energy saving claims was legitimate. Unlike asphalt roofs absorbing heat and retaining cold, metal roofs actually reflected heat in the summer and insulated in the winter.
People making the decision to spend more today and put on a metal roof literally changed the house expense dynamic. When their roof was paid for, which could be financed, they now had decades of worry free time to experience their decision, while neighbors struggled with paying thousands of dollars for a new roof every few years.