Roof shingle replacement has been pretty much a crap shoot for the last couple of decades. People have bought products out of necessity, roofs needed replacing. When the time comes to replace a roof a homeowner doesn’t have the luxury of time to make a decision. Procrastination can lead to many consequences all unwanted. The cost of roof replacement can grow exponentially if ignored too long.
Companies have had to adjust their product recipes and sell the product without any idea of how the product(S) will stand up to the elements and over time. It would not have been a serious problem if these companies had been forthright in their claims of product durability, but they weren’t.
There are multiple lawsuits ongoing and others that have been settled. For anybody in the roofing industry the perpetrators in these cases have all been the companies producing shoddy product and selling it in underhanded manners trying through word manipulation in their warranties to make the products sound as good as the previous pre-recipe change products. They are perfect examples of carpe diem, let the buyer beware. Read the small print
Prior to this fiasco and outright fraud metal roofing was on the outside looking in. Steel roofs and aluminum roofs had their own growing pains during this period. It was the problems shingle producers were having that opened the door for metal roofers to step in. Unfortunately most were not up to the challenge and introduced products that were not tested nor ready for the market. Instead of taking advantage of an obvious window that had opened they squandered it by selling substandard over priced product. Many made a great deal of money in spite of their shortcomings.
Some metal roofing companies that survived and persevered were able to carry on with research and development eventually producing the superior products we see today. Where paint fade was an issue, now it is a positive. Properly prepared metal roofs will fade almost imperceptibly over time making it possible to do repairs which cannot be seen. The bulky lines of metal shingles are a thing of the past except for the few companies who have not kept up with the times. Noise in rain storms and hail storms has been virtually eliminated with the manner shingles are attached. Paint has not only improved in durability it has become a major source of energy saving with heat reflection and retention
Today the consumer has available incredible metal roofing products in steel and aluminum. Metal roofing has joined the new century with products that deliver beyond their promise. Steel roofing and aluminum roofing offer similar but different products. Steel is walk able without worry, aluminum not so much. If walking on an aluminum roof caution must be of utmost concern, it is expensive and dents very easily.
Roof replacement today with all of the issues asphalt shingle companies are experiencing and knowing now that eight to ten years is all that can be expected from them puts metal roofing front and foremost in the decision process. Cost advantage of asphalt is erased when the longevity of asphalt roofs is considered, when energy savings are added, when financing can be used and the value retained when selling a home.