The goal when you buy a roof is to only have to buy one once. Metal roofs can last as long as 50 years or more – so getting things right the first time is one of the most important moves you can make.
That being said, people do make mistakes and that’s what we’re here to discuss today. Here are some common mistakes people make when buying a metal roof and some ways you avoid certain pitfalls.
Metal roofs are all the same
Metal roof panels come in a variety of types, sizes, finishes, thicknesses and shapes. Not only the climate you live in – but the structural quirks of your building – will dictate the pitch, angles, and shape of your roof.
And those things all determine the impact OF the roof and the impact ON the roof! Long story short – you’ll want metal because it’s durable. You’ll want metal because it’s long lasting. The reasons you buy it are the same. But the products themselves – are pretty different.
All roofers can install metal roofs
Most roofers can do composite shingle and that’s about it. Most metal roofers are guys who only install metal roofs. It’s important to make sure you’re finding the right contractor to work on your project. You’ll want to know what affiliations and certifications they have. You’ll want to see other examples of their work and get references. You’ll want to know if they work directly with manufacturers or just brokers – there are a ton of things to find out.
This is incredibly important work. Choosing the right roofer can impact literally every single part of the process.
Buying based on price as opposed to cost
The old saying is that you get what you pay for. Metal roofs are no different. Less expensive options are available, but you need to ask yourself why it’s cheaper than the others. Cheaper metal can be thinner, lower resistance, has poor finish or a weak profile.
Metal roofs should be viewed as an investment – not an expense.
Buying a roof that doesn’t fit your needs
You don’t wear shorts in the winter and you don’t wear coats in the summer – and metal roofs are much the same – they need to be right for your needs.
If you live in an area that gets lots of snow, certain designs won’t do you much good because they aren’t built to shed ice and snow properly. Other kinds of metal roofs – particularly those built near saltwater – need to be more resistant to corrosion and wear and tear.
When you make your decision, make sure you keep in mind the elements and the challenges the roof will face.
We hope this list of common mistakes is helpful when you’re looking to purchase a metal roof. Buy the best roof you can afford and make sure you do your homework.